The Schoolcraft Eagles and Kalamazoo Christian Comets split a baseball doubleheader Monday at Schoolcraft High School, featuring strong pitching for shutout victories. The Division 3 top-ranked Eagles took the first game 6-0, followed by a 2-0 Comet victory, marking the second time this season Kalamazoo Christian defeated a team ranked #1 entering the contest.
In game one, Schoolcraft’s Darren Kehoe had a complete game shutout, allowing only two hits with ten strikeouts. He was also the star offensively, getting the game’s first RBI on a third-inning triple. He finished 3-3 with two runs scored by his courtesy runner. The Eagles scored twice in the third, once in the fifth, and three times in the sixth. Kalamazoo Christian starter Jared Dirksen pitched all six innings, allowing eight hits and all six runs earned.
In the second game, Alex Visser nearly had a complete game shutout, having to come out for the last batter due to the pitch count. Visser gave up three hits and three walks over 6.2 innings with three strikeouts, Elliot Lemmer got the save and last out. A Travis Pease RBI single scored Eli Keller in the first inning, with one more run in the fourth thanks in part to two field errors. Schoolcraft’s best chance came in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with two outs, but Visser held firm. Cam Faulk went 4.2 innings for Schoolcraft, allowing four hits, two runs, one earned, with two walks and three strikeouts. Marc Shaink went the remaining 2.1 innings with four strikeouts and no hits or walks allowed.
Kalamazoo Christian moves to 8-10 overall and 3-5 against SAC Valley Division competition. They host Lawton in a Valley doubleheader Thursday. Schoolcraft sits at 12-5 and 6-2 in the Valley, facing league foe Constantine on the road Thursday.
Listen back to Monday’s games below: