Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
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HULL-Trinity Christian did not have a clean game with the bats, but the Tigers played well on the mound and on defense to earn a 7-0 War Eagle Conference baseball victory Monday, July 3.
This game was a makeup game from June 20 due to rain. After the first inning went scoreless, Trinity Christian got on the board with a single run in the bottom of the second and then scored three runs in the bottom of the third. The first run came off the bat of Traiton Cleveringa as he grounded out into a fielder’s choice with the bases loaded. The final two runs of the frame were scored on an error by the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn shortstop. The Tigers added another run in the bottom of the fourth before the final two runs of the contest were scored in the bottom of the fifth off a two-run single by Andrew De Boer.
The final offensive numbers had Cleveringa with two hits, one walk and one RBI. Caden Vis had one hit and one run. Byron Maassen had one run, a steal and a walk. Logan Cleveringa had two hits with one hit being a double, one run, one RBI and a walk. Ethan Heynen had one hit. Dawson Vis had the final hit and scored one run.
“It seemed like they (Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn) beat themselves with some costly errors,” said Trinity Christian coach Mike De Jager. “So I was disappointed in that, but a win is a win as somebody told me.”
De Jager noted that how his team played as a whole shows how far the expectations have come for the Tigers.
“It’s a testament to the kids. They come to work every day. They have great attitudes, they are not going to roll over and they are just going to play to the end. That’s what I ask of them: their attitude and effort are the two things they need to control. They’ve really bought into that and the team concept, and are really playing well together,” the coach said.
The final pitching numbers had Traiton Cleveringa going four innings with one hit, no runs, one walk and four strikeouts. Dawson Vis went two innings with no hits, no runs, no walks and five strikeouts. Thomas Brummel tossed one inning with no hits, no runs, no walks and one strikeout.
Trouble on the mound keys 9-2 defeat
Carson Schubert l Writer
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West Lyon 0-1-1-2-0-5-X 9
LARCHWOOD-Trinity Christian was haunted by six walks and four hit batters it allowed in a 9-2 loss to Class 2A second-ranked West Lyon in a non-conference baseball game Friday, July 6, in Larchwood.
The Tigers’ pitching staff struggled to throw strikes at times during the game. Andrew De Boer, who started the game on the mound, went three and two-thirds innings, allowed seven hits, four earned runs, two walks, two hit batters and had five strikeouts. Dawson Vis, who came in for relief, pitched one and one-third innings. He allowed one hit, three earned runs, two walks, one hit batter and had two strikeouts. Thomas Brummel came in to relieve Vis. He pitched one inning, allowed two hits, two earned runs, two walks and hit one batter.
“I was disappointed in how many free bases we gave them. Six of the 10 free bases we gave up came around to score. I know they’re a good-hitting team, but we still have to attack the batters. We can’t be trying to avoid them. We have to attack them,” said Trinity Christian coach Mike De Jager.
The only runs of the game for the Tigers were scored on a two-run double by De Boer in the top of the seventh inning. Overall on offense, Ethan Van Bemmel had a hit and drew a walk. De Boer had the double and two RBIs. Caden Vis drew a walk and scored a run. Jerron Van Egdom drew a walk and scored a run. Brummel had a single.
“I was pleased with the way our kids battled. I compared this to a district final atmosphere. I knew it was going to be a tough game. They’re a good team one through nine. There’s no easy outs. Overall I am pleased with how my kids battled at the plate, put the ball in play and didn’t strikeout that often,” coach De Jager said.
Trinity Christian is ready for district play.
“Our school has never had a district win, so we can’t overlook the first game. We’re going to have to put together good at-bats. Our experience with Harris-Lake Park is that if we can put the ball in play and put enough pressure on them we will be alright,” said De Jager.