Late rally propels Saugatuck baseball team past Hamilton
By Leo Martonosi
DOUGLAS—In a clash between two first-year varsity baseball coaches, the Indians of Saugatuck rallied for a 7-5 win over the Hawkeyes of Hamilton on Tuesday, May 1.
“It was a very clean game,” said Saugatuck coach Tim Antel.
The Indians did not make an error in recording their 11th win compared to five setbacks.
The win came in dramatic fashion, with Saugatuck scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to turn a 5-3 deficit into the two-run victory.
“Our young guys are playing well, but we don’t win this game without our seniors,” Antel said. “Actually everyone played well. To beat a school that is nearly three times bigger than us was pretty cool.”
Brian Grabinski, who is in his first year at the helm of the Hawkeyes, was impressed with the way the Indians played defensively.
“We made a couple of errors, which they took advantage of,” Grabinski said. “The bottom line is they played cleaner this us.”
Saugatuck’s bats came alive in its next to last inning of the game. Safeties by Lucas Czarnecki, Nick Baumbach, Evan Czarnecki, Alex Hoezee and Jared Bolhuis propelled the Indians to the winning rally.
“We had some key hits in that inning,” Antel said.
Like the Hamilton teams from the past coached by Ken DeGood, the Hawkeyes didn’t go down without a fight by putting two runners on base in the top of the seventh frame.
“These kids are battlers,” Grabinski said. “That’s something every coach likes to see from their team.”
Saugatuck received strong pitching from Wyatt Larsen and Alec Hoezee.
Larsen pitched the first four innings, keeping the Indians close. Hoezee racked up his second win in two decisions by throwing three scoreless innings, striking out three.
Bolhuis collected three hits in three appearances at the plate to lead the Saugatuck batting attack. Lucas Czarnecki checked in with two singles, while lacing out a double was Nick Baumbach. Credited with RBIs were Jared Bolhuis, Joey Antel, Hoezee and Baumbach.
Three Hamilton players—Brody DeWitt, Jake Visscher and Matt DeWeerdt—each collected two hits for the 4-8 Hawkeyes.
Landon Timmer threw the ball well for Hamilton, allowing three earned runs over five innings. Shawn Scholten also saw action on the mound in the sixth inning for the Hawkeyes.
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