The Vicksburg High School baseball team will be at worst co-champions in the Wolverine Conference following a road sweep at Plainwell Monday. The Bulldogs defeated the Trojans 6-3 and 7-1, pushing the 8th-ranked Bulldogs to a 16-2 final league record and 27-7 overall mark. Plainwell falls to 9-12 overall and 8-8 in the Wolverine Conference, tied for fifth.
In the first game, Vicksburg scored twice in the first inning, then scattered solo runs in the second, third, fifth, and sixth. Plainwell got one in the second and two in the seventh. Brenden Lovell had a complete game victory, allowing three hits and three earned runs with six strikeouts. Hunter Nielsen pitched six innings for the Trojans, allowing all six runs with five earned off nine hits, five walks, and four strikeouts.
In game two, Vicksburg plated four in the second and three in the fourth, with Lovell leading the offense with four hits, two RBI, and a run. The lone Trojan run came in the seventh. Ryan Morgan earned a complete game victory, scattering six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Evan Salinas started for Plainwell, giving up all seven runs over five innings with seven hits, five earned runs, two walks, and two strikeouts.
With the victories, Vicksburg claims part of the Wolverine Conference title for the first time since 2009. Whether they win it outright or end up co-champions depends on Edwardsburg’s doubleheader at Otsego Friday. The Eddies must win both games to tie with Vicksburg, otherwise, the Bulldogs claim the crown outright.
Vicksburg and Plainwell could potentially meet again in the District 47 final on Saturday, June 3, with all district games broadcast through Michigan Sports Radio and the Slocum Sports Network. Before then, Vicksburg ends the regular season on Tuesday, May 30 against Niles at Notre Dame. Plainwell hosts Comstock Wednesday, then ends conference play at home against Dowagiac on 5/30. Depending on the results ahead, the Trojans could finish, at best, tied for third in the Wolverine Conference, or at worst, seventh.
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