By Jason Wesseldyk
Saugatuck 8 Hartford 3
Saugatuck 4 Hartford 1
The divisional portion of the Saugatuck baseball team’s schedule started on a high note.
The Indians took both ends of a doubleheader against Hartford on Monday, April 17, winning game one 8-3 and taking game two 4-1.
Carsie Walker started and earned the win in the opener, striking out eight during his five innings of work. Grayson Rotter, who worked the final two innings, and Brad Dunn each had multiple hits to lead the offensive attack.
The Saugatuck offense remained quiet through the first four innings of the second game before pushing four runs across the plate in the fifth.
That was more than enough support for pitcher Evan Czarnecki, who picked up the win.
Dunn, Czarnecki, Walker, Keegan Seifert and Wyatt Larsen all had hits for the Indians, who improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in divisional play.
Fennville 3 Watervliet 7
Fennville 0 Watervliet 7
An early lead wasn’t enough to prevent Fennville from falling to Watervliet in the opening game of a SAC twinbill on Monday, April 17.
The Blackhawks went up 1-0 in the top of the second inning on an RBI groundout by Dakota Latchaw only to see Watervliet knot the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the frame. The Panthers then scored once in the fourth, three times in the fifth and twice in the sixth en route to the 7-3 win.
Fennville also dropped the nightcap, falling 7-0.
Matthew Sanchez (sixth inning) and Nathan Schmuck (seventh inning) each had RBI singles to account for the remaining Fennville runs in game one.
Austin Lewis started and took the loss, giving up five runs on three hits and five walks in 4-1/3 innings.
In the second game, Fennville as limited to three hits—a triple by Alex Jimenez and singles by Sanchez and Austin Scovill—in suffering the shutout.
Jimenez earned the starting assignment on the mound and gave up seven runs—all unearned—on three hits in one-plus innings of work.
Saugatuck 1 Schoolcraft 11
Saugatuck 8 Schoolcraft 5
Keegan Seifert came up big at the plate and on the mound in the second game of Saugatuck’s baseball twinbill against Schoolcraft on Saturday, April 15.
Not only did Seifert collect a pair of hits to lead the Saugatuck offense, but he also started and earned the win in an 8-5 victory over the Eagles, who entered the game ranked first in Division 3.
Evan Czarnecki picked up the save in addition to coming through with a hit. Grayson Rotter, Brad Dunn, Jared Bolhuis and Colten Schaefer also had one hit each.
The opener saw Schoolcraft win 11-1.
Czarnecki posted two hits, while Rotter and Peyton Scogin each added one. Wyatt Larsen started and took the loss.
Fennville 0 Zeeland West 7
Fennville 4 Zeeland West 10
After dropping the opening game of a non-league doubleheader to Zeeland West 7-0 on Saturday, April 15, Fennville bounced back to take a 3-0 lead through three innings of game two.
But that lead didn’t last, as Zeeland West scored four times in the bottom of the fourth and six times in the sixth en route to the 10-4 win.
Mathew Korman accounted for two of Fennville’s three hits in the opener, going 2-for-3. Matthew Sanchez went 1-for-3.
Korman also started and took the loss, giving up 10 hits and walking three against four strikeouts in six innings.
Korman also had two hits—including a double—and an RBI in the nightcap. Alex Jimenez added an RBI double, while Sanchez, Justin Schut and Doug Bellenger each singled.
Saugatuck 7 Lawton 0
Saugatuck 5 Lawton 1
Strong pitching efforts from Carsie Walker and Brad Dunn propelled Saugatuck to a doubleheader sweep over Lawton on Thursday, April 13.
Walker allowed two hits and struck out five over five innings in the opener, while Dunn struck out eight in his four innings of work in game two.
Grayson Rotter pitched the final two innings of game one, while Jared Bolhuis worked the fifth inning in a darkness-shortened second game.
Walker belted a pair of homers and drove in four runs to lead the charge in the second game. He also joined Rotter, Evan Czarnecki, Keegan Seifert and Nick Baumbach in picking up hits in the opener.