Category Archives: College Baseball

RECAP: Kalamazoo College Starts MIAA Tournament with 10-Inning Win Over Hope

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In a rematch of last season’s MIAA tournament championship, depending champion Kalamazoo College hosted and defeated Hope College 8-7 in ten innings, taking the #2 vs #3 seed first round game.   It was the first-ever home tournament game for the Hornets and it had no shortage of drama.   A full box score and recap can be found here

Kalamazoo led most of the contest, getting a run in the first inning and two in the second.  The Flying Dutchmen plated one in the fourth and one in the seventh, followed by a Hornet run in the bottom of the seventh.   Hope grabbed the lead on four runs in the top of the eighth inning, but three in the bottom of the frame put Kalamazoo again ahead.

Hope tied it at 7-7 in the top of the ninth on a Mason Opple RBI single.   Kalamazoo loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t cash in, forcing extras.   In the bottom of the tenth, Jordan Wiley gave Kalamazoo a lead-off double.  After a hit batsman, the single-season Hornet RBI record holder, Ian Kobernick, brought in his 51st run of the season for the 8-7 victory.    Relieve the final at-bat here:

The win puts Kalamazoo at 29-12 overall and sends them to the semifinal of the four-team double-elimination tournament Thursday at noon against 1 seed Adrian.    Hope falls to 24-17 and plays #4 Calvin at 3 p.m. in an elimination game.   The remainder of the tournament Thursday and Friday will be played at Adrian College.

You can watch Wednesday’s game at this link, or you can listen back to it below:

RECAP: Kalamazoo Valley, Glen Oaks End Regular Season with Split

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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:

GAME ONE

GAME TWO

RECAP/AUDIO: Kalamazoo College Takes Final Regular Season Series Over Calvin

0506171458The Kalamazoo College baseball team split their home finale Saturday to Calvin College, falling to the Knights 3-2 in game one (seven innings), but winning the second game 9-3.   Along with Friday’s two road wins, the Hornets take the four-game series and end the regular season with a record of 28-12, second in the MIAA at 20-8.   Calvin ends at 19-21 and 13-15 in MIAA play, which will be enough for fourth and the final conference tournament spot.

The Knights travel to regular-season champion Adrian Wednesday for the first round of the MIAA tournament, start time TBA.   The Hornets host third-seed Hope Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a game that can be heard on the Slocum Sports Network.

Listen back to Saturday’s games below:

GAME ONE

GAME TWO

PREVIEW: MIAA Tournament Positioning At Stake as Kalamazoo Hosts Calvin

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Listen live Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET on the Slocum Sports Network
as the Kalamazoo College Hornets host the Calvin College Knights in a baseball doubleheader to conclude the regular season.  Saturday’s games will be the third and fourth of their season series, with two games at Calvin set for Friday.   The games will make a big impact on the final MIAA standings with the conference tournament looming next week.

Kalamazoo enters the weekend at 17-7 in the MIAA, sitting second and unable to catch first-place Adrian (21-3).  The Hornets are locked-in to the four-team tournament, currently ahead of Hope (15-9).  Kalamazoo does hold the tiebreaker and Hope has the misfortune of ending against Adrian, but the Hornets are hoping to seal up the second spot and a first-round game at home with success against Calvin.   The Hornets (25-11 overall) also hope to add to their 25 wins, which set the mark for the most in a season for the program.

For Calvin, they enter the weekend in the fourth spot at 12-12 (18-18 overall).   However, it’s a small cushion with Trine (11-15) and Alma (10-14) still lurking behind them.   The Knights need success to remain in fourth and possibly challenge for third if Hope struggles.

When Kalamazoo and Calvin met at the end of last season, they split their four games.   The road team won each time, with the Hornets winning 4-3 and 16-11 (10 innings) at Calvin, and the Knights winning 3-2 and 10-4 at Kalamazoo.

Listen live to Saturday’s season finale on the Slocum Sports Network with game one scheduled for 1 p.m.   The first game will be seven-innings, followed by a nine-inning second game.   The games can also be seen Saturday via the Kalamazoo College Livestream.

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley Welcomes Glen Oaks for Home Finale

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NOTE: Friday’s games at KVCC have been moved to 1 p.m. Sunday.   They will still be broadcast via the Slocum Sports Network. 

Listen live on the Slocum Sports Network as the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Cougars host the Glen Oaks Community College Vikings in a baseball doubleheader.   These teams end their regular season this weekend, with two more games set for Saturday at Glen Oaks.

Kalamazoo Valley has secured a spot in the top three of the MCCAA Western Conference and a trip to the NJCAA Region XII tournament.  At 13-7 in the West (18-17 overall), the Cougars sit third, two games behind Grand Rapids (15-5).  Grand Rapids ends their season with four games over the weekend against first place Kellogg (19-1), giving Kalamazoo Valley a chance to get to second if Grand Rapids falters against Kellogg and if the Cougars take care of the Vikings.

The first tiebreaker is head-to-head, with the Cougars and Grand Rapids splitting their four games.  The second tiebreaker is record against the top team, with the Cougars going 1-3 against Kellogg and Grand Rapids to be decided.   As for Glen Oaks, they sit at sixth in the Western Conference at 5-15 with an overall record of 12-21.

Listen live to Sunday’s games from Kalamazoo Valley on the Slocum Sports Network with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. 

RECAP: Game Two Walkoff Bomb Gives Kalamazoo Valley Home Split with Kellogg

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After 15 consecutive losses to Kellogg, including the first three of four games this weekend, Kalamazoo Valley finally knocked off the Bruins and handed them their first MCCAA Western Conference defeat of the year Saturday.   The Cougars ended the four game series with a 8-7 walkoff home run victory in the rain from Alex Dreier.  In the first game of the afternoon, Kellogg won 12-5.

The doubleheader started two hours early in attempt to avoid a rainy weather forecast.   Although the first game stayed dry, almost the entire second game was played in a consistent rain.   Kalamazoo Valley scored once in the first inning, then added two more in the fourth for a 3-0 lead.   The powerful Kellogg offense broke the shutout in the top of the fifth on a Tanner Gross two run homer, but the Cougars used a three-run Ryan Anderson dinger and a solo bomb from Andrew Szalkowski in the bottom of the fifth for a 7-2 lead.

After an excellent first six innings, the Bruins finally got to starting pitcher Brock Emery in the seventh.   The Cougars got the first two outs, but two hits, a walk, and hit batsmen chased Emery from the game.  Joey Knapp got the final out, but surrendered a double and walk with a fielding error, allowing Kellogg to plate five in the seventh and tie the game at 7-7.  The fourth Kellogg reliever, Travis Snyder, entered in the bottom of the seventh and only threw one pitch, which Alex Dreier sent over the right field wall for the victory.   Listen to the homer below:

The win was Kalamazoo Valley’s first over Kellogg in baseball since April 9, 2011.  Dreier had two hits, two runs, and the winning RBI.  Anderson finished with three RBI on two hits and a run.  Kellogg’s Raphe Gross had three hits and a walk drown, scoring twice.   Cougar starter Brock Emery pitched 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs.  Bruin starter Max Swan went 4.2 innings, allowing five runs and seven hits.

In the first game of the afternoon, the Cougars struck first with two runs in the first inning.   Like Friday’s two defeats, the lead didn’t hold, with Kellogg scoring thrice in the second, twice in the third and once in the fourth.   The Cougars plated one in the third, but a six-run sixth inning removed any doubt for the Bruins.   Kalamazoo Valley scored twice more in the seventh for the 12-5 defeat.

Bruin starter Joey Nate went six innings, allowing four hits and three runs, two earned, with eight strikeouts.   Cougar starter Austin Laurencig pitched 5.2 innings, allowing ten hits and ten runs.   Offensively, Kellogg saw two doubles, two runs, and two RBI by Bailey Peterson.

Kellogg wins three of four over the weekend to improve to 30-12-2 overall and 19-1 in MCCAA Western Conference play.   At the time of posting, it was unknown if they had clinched the conference crown, with game two between Grand Rapids and Muskegon in progress.   Second place Grand Rapids needed to win to stay four games behind the Bruins with them meeting Kellogg for their final four games.    The Bruins host Grand Rapids Friday at 2 p.m., then travel Saturday at 1 p.m.

Kalamazoo Valley is 18-17 overall and 13-7 in the West, good for third.   Likewise, the result of the second Grand Rapids/Muskegon games plays into the Cougars fate, as they could secure a top three finish and a trip to the Region XII tournament if fourth place Muskegon (13-10) were to lose to Grand Rapids.   Muskegon has no more remaining Western Conference games, while the Cougars have a four-game weekend series with Glen Oaks.   Friday’s games are at Kalamazoo Valley starting at 2 p.m. and can be heard on the Slocum Sports Network.   Saturday’s doubleheader at Glen Oaks begins at 1 p.m.     Before that, the Cougars travel to Lansing for two starting at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Listen back to Saturday’s games below:

GAME ONE

GAME TWO

RECAP: Kellogg Takes Home Half of Series Against Kalamazoo Valley

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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:

GAME ONE

GAME TWO

PREVIEW: MCCAA Western Conference Positioning At Stake As Kalamazoo Valley Faces Kellogg

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Listen live Friday and Saturday on the Slocum Sports Network to college baseball between the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars and the Kellogg Bruins.  Friday’s doubleheader is set for a 1:30 p.m. start at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek.  Saturday’s doubleheader is at Kalamazoo Valley starting at 1 p.m.

Both squads are fighting for the MCCAA Western Conference championship and positioning for the Region XII tournament.  Kellogg leads the West at 16-0, followed by Grand Rapids (13-3) and Kalamazoo Valley (12-4).   Each team has eight conference games remaining, with Kellogg and Grand Rapids still to meet next week in four games.     All three teams still could take the top spot and this series, along with Grand Rapids facing fourth-place Muskegon (11-9) could shake up the standings.    A best-case scenario for the Bruins locks up the title this weekend, with a best-case for the Cougars
tying Kellogg for the lead entering the final week.

Additionally, the top three teams in the conference move to the Region XII tournament and are seeded based on their finishing position.  Kellogg is already on to the tournament, as they can’t finish worse than third, but Kalamazoo Valley still has to contend with Grand Rapids and Muskegon.

Overall, the Bruins sit at 27-11-2, while the Cougars are 17-14.  Recent history has favored Kellogg with 12 consecutive Bruin wins over the Cougars, including a four-game sweep last year.   Their most recent meeting went 12 innings, ending in a 6-5 Bruin victory.   The last Kalamazoo Valley win over Kellogg came on April 9, 2011.


Listen live to all four games this weekend on the Slocum Sports Network
.  Friday’s doubleheader starts at 1:30 p.m. from Battle Creek, with action Saturday from Kalamazoo beginning at 1 p.m.

RECAP: Kalamazoo Valley Takes Two Against Lansing

0425171606The Kalamazoo Valley Cougars earned two big baseball wins Tuesday at home, defeating the Lansing Stars 9-8 and 5-3 in a MCCAA Western vs Eastern Conference doubleheader.   The wins give the Cougars a five-game winning streak over Lansing, adding to the three victories over the Stars last season, and gives them a three-game overall win streak entering a big weekend showdown with Kellogg.

The Cougars had to dig out of a six-run hole in the first game.  The Stars started hot with a four-run first inning.  The Cougars scored twice in the third, but Lansing plated one in the third, two in the fourth, and another one in the fifth for an 8-2 advantage.  In the bottom of the fifth, Kalamazoo Valley strung together six hits and drew three walks, giving them seven runs and a 9-8 lead.  Relievers Justyn Schoening and Joey Knapp retired the final six batters in order to secure the victory.

The offense was a balanced effort, with their ten hits spread between eight hitters and the runs between eight as well.  Jake Ellis and Brennan Vaughn each had two hits, Jimmy Cook had two runs, and Jarrett Esman, Colton White, and Austin Pratt picked up two RBI each.  Six pitchers took to the mound for the Cougars, while only two saw action for the Stars.  Starter Duncan Gillett allowed all nine runs through four-and-a-third.   Drew Cantrell picked up three RBI and a run with two hits and Ethan Vosburg had a solo home run and RBI double.

Kalamazoo Valley started ahead in game two with Dugan Dieselberg bringing home Alec Washegesic after a lead-off hit.  Lansing tied the game with a run in the second and had bases loaded with only one out, but Tyler Appelgren entered in relief and kept the game even.  A solo run in the third put the Cougars back ahead, but the Stars took control off a two-run bomb by Jake Crum in the fifth.  A lead-off error and small-ball allowed the Cougars to tie it at 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth.   Two walks and a hit batsmen in the bottom of the sixth set up Ryan Anderson for what would be the game-winning two RBI single.

The wins move Kalamazoo Valley to 17-14 overall with four games ahead for the weekend against Kellogg.  The Cougars are third in the Western Conference at 12-4 with Kellogg in the top spot at 16-0.   You can listen to all four games of the series live on the Slocum Sports Network with a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Friday from Battle Creek, then a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Saturday in Kalamazoo.

Lansing drops to 27-11 overall.   The Stars are 15-5 for second in the Eastern Conference and meet conference leader Jackson (16-4) for four this weekend.  Friday’s doubleheader is at 2 p.m. in Lansing, followed by Saturday’s games in Jackson starting at 1 p.m.

Listen back to Tuesday’s games below:

GAME ONE

GAME TWO

PREVIEW: Kalamazoo Valley Hosts Lansing in Baseball

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Listen live Tuesday afternoon on the Slocum Sports Network starting at 2 p.m. with the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Cougars hosting the Lansing Community College Stars in a baseball doubleheader.  The MCCAA Western vs Eastern Conference showdown could serve as a momentum builder as both squads vie for the top spots of their conference.

The Cougars are 15-14 overall and 12-4 in the MCCAA West, third behind Kellogg (16-0) and Grand Rapids (13-3), with a three game lead on Muskegon (11-9).    With Kellogg looming in four games this weekend (each to be broadcast on the Slocum Sports Network) the Cougars need to be on top form to keep their league title hopes alive and to stay within the top three to advance to the Region XII tournament next month.

Lansing is 27-9 overall and 15-5 in the MCCAA East, only a game behind Jackson (16-4) for the top spot.   Similar to the Cougars, the Stars have four-games ahead for the weekend with Jackson, which could put them in first, or allow Delta, Mott, and/or Macomb to make-up their four-game deficits in the standings.

Tuesday’s games are the first of the season between the Cougars and Stars, with a second double-header set for next Tuesday, May 2, in Lansing.  They faced off three times last May, most recently in the Region XII tournament with the Cougars eliminating the Stars 14-9.   Kalamazoo Valley hosted and won the regular season games 11-2 and 5-0.    Two seasons ago, Lansing hosted and won both games of a double-header (7-5, 8-4).

Listen live to both games Tuesday on the Slocum Sports Network with the action set to begin at 2 p.m.