By Gina de Haan
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Calvin men's baseball team split a doubleheader with MIAA opponent Albion on Monday.
Sophomore Sam Schellenberg (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern) was the hero in game one for the Knights, delivering a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Knights a 4-3 victory. Junior Logan Walker (Imlay City, Mich./Lapeer East) came in to pitch in the top of the ninth inning to earn the win on the hill. In game two, the Britons built an early three-run lead and held the Knights to five hits to roll to a 6-1 win.
Monday's twinbill concluded a doubleheader that began last Thursday at Albion. Calvin took both ends of the doubleheader, winning 3-2 and 5-2.
The Knights took an early lead in the bottom of the second inning as junior Ryan Pena (Lake Forest, Calif./J Serra Catholic) doubled to right center before sophomore Quinn Hyndiuk (Elm Grove, Wis./Brookfield East) delivered an RBI single.
The Britons answered with a pair of runs in the third inning, but their lead was short-lived as Calvin responded with two runs of its own. Junior Jonathan Keane (Brookfield, Wis./Brookfield Central) got the Knights' bats going, leading off the bottom of the inning with a solo homerun to left field. Sophomore Logan Marshall (Plymouth, Mich./Salem) came up with a two-out double to left center before freshman Mitch Mustert (Ada, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) singled up the middle to bring Marshall home.
Albion knotted the score again in the fourth inning, and the two teams remained tied at three until the bottom of the tenth inning.
Junior Clay Francisco (Delton, Mich./Thornapple Kellogg) came in to pitch in the top of the seventh inning with one out, walking a batter before the Knights turned a double play to get out of the inning. In the top of the ninth inning, sophomore Justin Paauwe (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) saw time on the mound before being relieved by Logan Walker. Walker pitched out of a bases-loaded jam, delivering a strikeout before Ryan Stewart came up with a stellar catch in deep right center field.
Walker went three up, three down in the top of the tenth inning, picking up another big one-out strikeout before Stewart robbed the Britons of another hit in deep center field.
Senior Nate DeZwaan (Hamilton, Mich./Holland Christian) led off the bottom of the tenth with a single to center field. A sacrifice bunt by freshman Ricky Padilla (Poway, Calif./Poway) advanced DeZwaan, and senior James Boice (Grand Rapids, Mich.Kelloggsville) came in to pinch run at second. Albion intentionally walked Keane to bring up pinch hitter Sam Schellenberg. Schellenberg singled through the left side to score Boice and lift the Knights to a one-run victory.
Sophomore Trevor VanDuyn (Jenison, Mich./Jenison) started game one for the Knights, going 6.1 innings, racking up 97 pitches against 31 batters and earning five strikeouts.
Game two was initially set to last nine innings, but was changed to a seven-inning game due to the extra innings of game one.
The Britons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game two, notching six hits in the first three innings. Calvin got on the board in the bottom of the third inning as Mitch Mustert reached first on an error, stole second and was scored after a single to right center by Nate DeZwaan.
Albion widened its lead to four runs, tacking on a pair of runs in the fifth inning on three hits and one error. A two-out, two RBI single by Kellan Huang gave the Britons a 5-1 advantage. The Britons built their lead to six in the top of the seventh inning, capitalizing on a hit and a Calvin wild pitch.
Calvin struggled to get its bats going, as Albion pitcher Andrew Fabry earned the win on the mound, holding the Knights to five hits through seven innings while racking up eight strikeouts.
Three players saw time on the hill for the Knights. Freshman Mark Primus (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) went 4.2 innings and took the loss, while sophomore Mike Kool (Sturgis, Mich./Centreville) and Walker saw time in relief.
The Knights are back in action on Thursday when they travel to Adrian for a 2 p.m. doubleheader before hosting the Bulldogs in a doubleheader on Saturday with first pitch set for 1 p.m.