The Kellogg Community College baseball team moved to 18-0 in the MCCAA Western Conference thanks to home wins Friday over Kalamazoo Valley, 11-4 and 9-6. The Bruins jump to 29-11-2 overall with the wins while the Cougars drop to 17-16 overall and 12-6 in the Western Conference.
In game one, Kalamazoo Valley built up a 4-1 lead entering the bottom of the fifth inning. However, the Bruins offense awoke from hibernation with seven runs on five hits and two home runs. They added three more in the sixth to secure the 11-4 win off a six-inning start from Cole Sanderson, who allowed all four runs and seven hits. Dakota Roberts pitched four-and-two-thirds for the Cougars, allowing five runs and six hits.
Offensively for Kellogg, Mitch Weber twice hit a two-run homer. Raphe Gross had three hits and two runs. Cooper Marshall scored twice with three hits and three RBI, plus Korey Knowles had three RBI and a run with a solo bomb. For Kalamazoo Valley, Alex Dreier had three hits, one run and one RBI.
In the second game, the Cougars again built an early lead, getting two runs in the second and two more in the third, with both third inning runs on solo homers (Andrew Szalkowski & Dreier). The Bruins added solo runs in the third and fourth, then used a four-run fifth to take a 6-4 lead. Kalamazoo Valley tied it in the top of the sixth, but surrendered three in the bottom of the frame for a 9-6 final. Bruin starter Alec Justin pitched four-and-a-third with five hits, four runs, and five walks. Joey Knapp went five innings for the Cougars, allowing six runs, four earned, seven hits, and four walks with five stirkeouts.
Szalkowski had two runs, two hits and two RBI for the Cougars. Kellogg’s Joey Nate did the same, with Bailey Peterson adding two hits, two runs, and one RBI.
The win extends Kellogg’s winning streak against Kalamazoo Valley to 14 games. They meet again Saturday, this time at Kalamazoo Valley. Originally scheduled for a 1 p.m. start, the doubleheader has been pushed ahead to 11 a.m. with the hopes of avoiding possible rain. You can listen to Saturday’s games live on the Slocum Sports Network.
Listen back to Friday’s games below: