ALMA, Mich. - Calvin closed out its 2019 campaign with a doubleheader split at Alma, winning the opener 4-1 and losing the nightcap 11-8. Calvin finishes the season with an overall record of 17-22 and a conference mark of 12-16.
Calvin 4, Alma 1
Senior Clay Francisco (Delton, Mich./Thornapple Kellogg HS) was superb in his final start on the mound, striking out four and walking only one in six innings of work while limiting the Scots to one run.
Sophomore Ricky Padilla (Poway, Ca./Poway HS) followed with an RBI single in the third to give the Knights a 3-0 advantage.
Alma scored a run in the fifth but the Knights answered back with a run-scoring single by freshman Will Baldwin (Lake Orion, Mich./Notre Dame HS) in the sixth. Junior Jaustin Paauwe (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS) then pitched a scoreless seventh to pick up his fourth save of the season, matching the fourth-best single-season total in Calvin history.
Freshman Ryan Petersen (Glen Elleyn, Il./Glenbard West HS) went 3-for-4 at the plate. Padilla and freshman Andrew Hung (Waterford, Mich./Waterford Mott HS) both had two hits apiece with Hung collecting a double.
Alma 11, Calvin 8
Alma outslugged Calvin 17-8 at the plate but the Knights hung around, thanks to six walks issued by the Alma pitching staff.
Peterson went 4-for-5 at the plate to raise his season batting average to .293 and record his eighth multihit performance of the season. Three of Petersen's hits were doubles as he drove in four runs.
Junior Logan Marshall (Plymouth, Mich./Salem HS) also had two hits for the Knights.
Senior Logan Walker (Imlay City, Mich./Lapeer East HS) got the start and took the loss for the Knights. Walker was one of five Calvin pitchers to see time on the hill for the Knights.
Saturday's doubleheader marked the final collegiate competition for Calvin seniors Logan Walker, Ryan Lang (Bedford, NH/Bedford HS), Miles Kuperus (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian HS), Ryan Pena, Beau Redfield (Cedar Springs, Mich./Northpointe Christian HS), Steven Dogger (Holland, Mich./Holland Calvary HS), Clay Francisco and Jamie Bristol (Grand Rapids, Mich./Calvin Christian HS).
COACHES COMMENT: "I want to credit our senior class for laying the foundation for this team and this season," said first-year Calvin head coach Kevin VanDuyn. "They bought into the culture we laid in front of them and they took that culture and led our team. We had some injuries to battle through this year but that also gave many of our young players a chance to contribute. They gained valuable experience and grew as the season went on. We are thankful to our seniors for helping make this season possible and we are looking forward to continuing to build for the future."