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Red Hawks end baseball season as district runner-ups

The varsity baseball team began its 2019 post-season campaign against the mighty Cardinals of Big Rapids on Tuesday, May 28. The Cardinals have an ongoing reputation among the schools to the north of being a powerhouse. Last Tuesday they ran into the mighty arm of sophomore Bryce Marvel. Marvel pitched a complete game, allowing only three hits, striking out nine, and only walking two. Dylan Williams played an outstanding game as well, throwing out three runners, one of them to end the game.  

The highlight of the game for the Red Hawks came in the third inning when Thomas Reed led off by getting hit by a pitch. Trevor Reed then drove a single to left field, followed by a sacrifice fly ball deep to center field by Dylan Williams. With runners on first and third and one out, cleanup hitter Peyton Newman strolled to the plate. He dropped down a perfect bunt, successfully scoring Thomas from 3rd base. That would prove to be the winning run with the final score 1-0. Cedar Springs ended up with three total hits in the game, 2 by Trevor Reed and one late in the game from Seth Biggs.

In the district semi-final on June 1, the varsity team took on another team from the north in Chippewa Hills. Despite several weather delays, the contest was able to get under way.

The Red Hawks combined for 13 total hits in the 15-5 victory. Thomas and Trevor Reed both had two hits, as did Connor Ellison and Peyton Newman. Adding one hit each were Dylan Williams, Jeremy Campione, Logan Kobayashi, Willy Zain and Nathan Male.  

Newman and Ellison split the game on the mound, doing a great job of keeping their opponents off balance.

In the lackluster final, the Red Hawks faced their long-time rival in the Sparta Spartans. Bryce Marvel toughed it out on the mound, but the luck seemed to be with the Spartans as they were able to scatter 11 hits and score 7 runs. Very few balls were hit hard, but the Sparta hitters managed to find gaps in the defense and get runners on base. The Cedar Springs batters managed only one hit from Aiden Brunin, though they hit several balls hard.  

Those of you who’ve played baseball know that sometimes it’s a funny game. You can hit the ball well and, if you hit it right to the defense, things don’t go your way. This game just wasn’t meant to be for the Red Hawks who finished as the district runner up.

Their final record on the season was 15-17.

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Varsity baseball goes 2-2 on the week

Pictured is Bryce Marvel on the mound against Greenville. Courtesy photo.

On Monday, May 13, the varsity baseball team traveled to Greenville to take on the Yellow Jackets.  

Senior Seth Biggs took the mound in game one and split the game with Nathan Draper.  Each pitched 3 innings in the 6-4 loss.  The Red Hawks managed 8 total hits in the game but couldn’t get those hits when they needed them.  Dylan Williams led the team with 3 hits.  Conner Ellison added two more.  Peyton Newman had one hit, as did both Thomas and Trevor Reed.  Greenville jumped out to an early lead and the Hawks chipped away at the lead, but weren’t able to catch up.

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Trevor Reed hitting the ball into the gap against Greenville. Courtesy photo.

In game two, Ellison took the mound.  He was able to successfully keep the Yellow Jackets off balance for 5 innings, allowing only 3 runs.  Dylan Williams came in to close out the final two innings to earn the save in the 4-3 victory.  Biggs led the squad with 3 hits.  Nathan Draper and Trevor Reed each had 2.  Thomas Reed and Bryce Marvel added one hit each.  

“The Red Hawk bats were excellent in this double header,” said Coach Justin Glyshaw. “Unfortunately, many players experienced the bad luck so many ballplayers go through by hitting balls hard that end up going directly into the glove of your opponent.”

The third game of this three game series saw sophomore Bryce Marvel on the mound for Cedar Springs on Wednesday, May 15.  Greenville continued to smash the baseball in this game, totaling 14 hits throughout the game.  Brilliant pitching on the part of Marvel, along with a defense that made some great plays allowed the damage to be minimal.  Marvel walked only one Yellow Jacket hitter and struck out 8 in a complete game performance. Though the Red Hawks had only four hits during the game, they were able to take advantage of a few key situations to score when they needed to.  Nathan Draper, Jeremy Campione, Dylan Williams and Trevor Reed each contributed with one hit each.  In the end, Greenville was denied opportunities by the Cedar Springs defense with the final score in Cedar’s favor 5-3.  

On Thursday, May 16, the Red Hawks played a non-conference game against Caledonia at Cornerstone University.  Unfortunately, the game got out of hand early as Caledonia came out swinging the bat and crushing the baseball.  They put up 17 runs in only 6 innings, while the Hawks were only able to eek out two hits: one from Seth Biggs, the other from Thomas Reed.  With one week to go in the regular season the varsity baseball team is holding on to a 13-11 record.  They wrap up regular season play this week with games against Central Montcalm and Forest Hills Northern.

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Varsity baseball takes two over Northview

The Varsity Red Hawks baseball team faced off against the Northview Wildcats on April 30, and with a doubleheader on May 1 last week.

Pictured is Nathan Male on the mound for the Red Hawks. Courtesy photo.

The first game of the three game series with the Northview Wildcats was a sloppy affair. With the rain causing field conditions to deteriorate rapidly as the evening wore on, the Red Hawks had their work cut out for them. Connor Ellison started the game on the mound. Though he struggled with his control, he did manage to get through the first three innings, leaving the score at a 2-2 tie. Dylan Williams came in and closed out the game, battling the rain and cold for control of his fastball.  

The Wildcats managed to pull ahead in the 5th inning by taking advantage of a few walks and a few base hits. Williams was able to leave the score at 6-4 going into the bottom of the 6th inning. The final inning started by Kyle Wise getting hit by a pitch, followed by Nathan Male getting a hit to left field. Connor Ellison drew a walk to load the bases. Dylan Williams came to the plate and drove the ball into the gap for a double, scoring two runs and tying the game. Clean up hitter Peyton Newman came to the plate next. After swinging and missing at his first two strikes, he made contact on his third swing and dropped the ball into left field. Ellison scored the game-winning run with a final score of 7-6.  

“I was impressed with the perseverance of the team, battling the elements as well as a tough Northview squad,” said Coach Justin Glyshaw.

In the second of three games, Seth Biggs threw a solid first four innings, leaving the game with a 3-3 tie. Dylan Williams came in to pitch the second half of the game. It took until the 8th inning until the Red Hawks managed to get a sacrifice fly to right field from Logan Kobayashi to score the winning run.  

Thomas Reed, Seth Biggs and Nathan Draper each had two hits in the game. Trevor Reed, Dylan Williams and Conner Ellison each added a hit as well.

In the third and final game, the Red Hawks managed only three hits throughout the course of the game. Dylan Williams had two of those hits and Thomas Reed had the other. Peyton Newman and Nathan Male threw three-innings apiece on the mound but the Wildcats were not to be denied as they pounded the baseball.  This game only made it through the 6th inning and was called because of darkness. The final score was 8-1.  

The Varsity baseball record sits at a respectable 8 wins and 7 losses. Their games against Fremont, Ottawa Hills and the results of their Allendale tournament will be in next week’s issue.

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Varsity baseball at Fifth-Third ball park

S-Baseball-Fifth-third-with-red-flannel-queen-webThe Cedar Springs Varsity baseball team played a double header against Belding on Wednesday, May 7, at the home of the Whitecaps—5/3 Ball Park in Comstock Park.

Pictured is the Red Hawk baseball team with the Red Flannel Queen and Court. The Red Flannel Festival sponsored the event.


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