The Plainwell Trojans earned two shutout road victories Friday over the Allegan Tigers, winning 13-0 in six innings and 10-0 in seven. The star of the afternoon was Trojan senior Hunter Nielsen, who threw a no-hitter in the first contest and hit two home runs in the second.
The future Kellogg Community College Bruin walked his first batter with only an error and another walk leading to Allegan baserunners the rest of game one. Nielsen finished with 11 strikeouts against 20 batters faced. The game remained tight through four innings with the only score coming in the third on an RBI double by Nielsen, scoring Isaac Davis. The bats came alive with five runs on four hits and three errors in the fifth, followed by seven runs on seven hits in the sixth. Notable performances came from Cole VanGoeye (three hits, two RBI), Davis (two hits, two runs, one RBI) and TJ Opel (three hits, one run, one RBI).
In the second game, Plainwell plated solo runs in the second, third, fifth, and seventh innings. The runs in the fifth and seventh came from solo bombs by Nielsen, capping off a career day. The big Trojan inning was a six-run sixth. Ryan Topp ended with three hits, two RBI, and one run. Quietly, Evan Salinas also pitched a complete game shutout, giving up only three hits and two walks with six strikeouts over seven innings.
Allegan falls to 2-9 overall and 0-4 in Wolverine Conference play and return to action Saturday morning at 10 against Battle Creek Lakeview. Plainwell moves to 5-3 and 4-0 in league play with a conference showdown at home Tuesday against nearby rival Otsego.
Listen back to both of Friday’s games below: