Calvin Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Alma

Calvin Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Alma

ALMA - Calvin split a conference doubleheader at Alma on Friday, losing the opener 1-0 in eight innings before coming back to win the nightcap 18-10.

In game one, Calvin (13-16 overall, 7-9 MIAA) was stymied by Alma pitcher Alex Valasek who limited the Knights to just one hits over eight innings and tossed no-hit ball through five.

Calvin junior Jamie Bristol (Grand Rapids, Mich./Calvin Christian HS) also tossed a gem, allowing just three hits through seven innings before giving up a lead-off single in the top of the eighth. Sophomore Clay Francisco (Delton, Mich./Thornapple Kellogg HS) came on in relief. Alma followed with a sacrifice bunt and after an intentional walk, Alma was able to come up with the game-winning hit to score the only run of the game.

Calvin sophomore Beau Redfield (Cedar Springs, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS) collected the only hit for the Knights.

In game two, Calvin exploded for 18 hits and used a seven-run third to take control of a high-scoring contest.

Calvin also scored five runs in the fifth and four in the seventh to seal the win.

Redfield and junior Nate DeZwaan (Hamilton, Mich./Holland Christian HS) had three hits apiece with DeZwaan driving in three runs.

Seniors Mike Kempton (Edwardsburg, Mich./Edwardsburg HS), Colton Wolfe (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Eaton Rapids HS) along with juniors Johnny Salgado (Whittier, Ca./Whittier HS) and Kyle Houts (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake HS) and freshman Logan Marshall (Plymouth, Mich./Salem HS) all had two hits each.

Junior Jonathan Keane (Brookfield, Wisc./Brookfield HS) picked up the win in relief to claim his first pitching victory of the season.

Calvin will complete its four-game series with Alma on Monday with a doubleheader slated to start at 2 p.m.