Kalamazoo Valley and Glen Oaks split their final two regular season games Sunday afternoon at Kalamazoo Valley, with the Vikings winning game one 4-3 and the Cougars taking game two 12-3. The Cougars end the regular season at 21-18 with a 16-8 MCCAA Western Conference record, good for third and a spot in the NJCAA Region XII tournament. Glen Oaks ends at 13-24 and sixth in the West at 6-18. Kalamazoo Valley takes the season series, having won twice Saturday at Glen Oaks.
Glen Oaks never trailed in the first game, getting on the board with a run in the bottom of the first. The Cougars matched in the second inning, with both teams adding two runs in the third. The fourth and final Viking run came in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly from Cody Huston, bringing in Jesse Noce off a lead-off double. With the 4-3 lead, Chantz Stover came in and pitched three clean innings of relief for the win, followed by a save from Christian Howard.
Joey Knapp pitched the entire game for Kalamazoo Valley, allowing seven hits and four runs, all earned. Santos Catanzarite had the first three innings and allowed three runs, two earned, with three hits for Glen Oaks. Offensively, Viking catcher Donald Carruthers had a double and triple with two RBI.
In the second game, the Cougars exploded with five runs on five hits in inning #1, followed by four more in the second inning. Kalamazoo Valley added two more in the fourth and one in the sixth, while Glen Oaks had solo runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Ten Cougars had a hit with nine scoring runs, with the biggest hit on an Alec Washegesic three RBI double in the second.
Brock Emery pitched three innings for the Cougars, allowing one run on four hits. Jason John went the final four innings, allowing three hits and two runs. Jacob Land started for Glen Oaks, allowing nine runs over two innings. Zachary Mosby and Brandon Lewis pitched two innings each of relief, allowing two and one run, respectively.
Glen Oaks’s season is over. As for Kalamazoo Valley, they compete against the to-be-determined third place Eastern Conference team Thursday at 11 a.m. in the MCCAA tournament from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. The result of that game determines where the Cougars will be seeded in two weeks for the Region XII tournament.
Listen back to Sunday’s games below: