The Lakers’ varsity baseball team improved to 8-1 in Lakes Eight Conference games and 11-3-1 overall with a doubleheader split at Grant.
The Lakers opened with a 15-1 win before taking Game 2, 6-4.
In Game 1, Kyle Houts threw three solid innings, allowing just one run and two hits while striking out three. Jeff Marod closed out the game with two innings of one-hit ball.
J.P. Batts went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored, while Marod also drove in two runs for the Lakers. Dillon Groover was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Carter Bench drove in a run.
In the second game, Michael Dillingham was outstanding on the mound, going all seven innings. He gave up four unearned runs, all of which came in the second inning as the result of three Lakers’ errors. After the third inning, he shut down the host Tigers, not allowing a baserunner.
He finished with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Bench went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Jorge Lozano belted a two-out triple that pushed three runs across. Kyle Houts added an RBI and was 3-for-3 at the plate.
“We came out flat, but we turned it around and showed them what we were made out of,” Lakers’ coach Jeff Lindsey said. “I’m proud of the guys to battle, show some fight.”
The Lakers will compete in the Zeeland East tournament on Saturday.
WMC FALLS TO COVENANT
Covenant Christian Thursday beat host Western Michigan Christian 8-6.
Logan Waller went 4-for-4 for the Warriors with three singles, a double and three RBIs. Henry Dekam went 2-for-4 with a double and a single and an RBI. Chad Beisel and Bailey Heykoop each had two singles while Matt Vanderploeg added a double and Eric Bourdo a single.
“It was a close game and could of gone either way. I think our guys are starting to play with some confidence,” WMC coach Darin Waller said.