TCKL All-Stars shine bright

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:57 PM

The Tri-Cities Kids League held its end-of-the-year all-star games on Saturday at Grand Haven High School.

A total of 198 players took part in eight games, which also featured 16 umpires, 16 coaches, 18 volunteers, and almost 800 parents, family and friends who attended the games.

The following are detailed results from all of Saturday's games:


South 16, North 15: Charlie VanAbbema ripped a two-out double to knock in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the South team a one-run win. VanAbbema, Paul Kunde, Gavin Warhurst and Tucker Kooi each had three hits for the South. Brody Sara, Parker Reau, Nate DeRose, Ben Pease, Jackson Dennie and Noah VanDreumel all chipped in with two hits.

For the North, Nick Penrice and Tynan French each banged out three hits and scored three runs. Link Dephouse, Chase Greene and Garret VanSingel all had three hits. Brayden Clark, Conrad Bush, Griffin Riemersma, Ethan Hare, Tyler Tenbrink, Jarek Stalec and Toby Robbins each clubbed two hits for the north.

The South team was coached by Mark Pease, while Jim Penrice coached the North.

East 12, West 12: The East squad came from behind to tie the game in the top of the seventh inning. Caleb Wolffis made a nice defensive play to keep the West from scoring in the bottom of the seventh. The East was led offensively by Spencer Schneck, Gideon Rikkers and Braden Rademaker, who each had three hits. Hunter Throop, Travis Throop, Jacob Brenay, Jake Fisher, Nolan Osborne and Nate Stafford each had two hits for the East.

Evan Mulder, Garrett Jacobson, Gerrit Lyyski, Lance Kamminga, Curtis Buitenhuis, Ethan Dougherty, Samuel VanOrman, Jack Ellis and Aidan Kenny all had two hits for the West team. Lyyski, VanOrman and Ellis each scored twice.

Rob Buitenhuis coached the West squad while John Wolffis coached the East.


West 6, East 4: Pitching and outstanding defense dominated the East-West contest. The West team overcame a late 3-0 deficit to get the win. The West team was led by the fine pitching of Frankie Anderson, Ty Nivison and Lucas Lyyski. They each threw a shutout inning with a combined seven strikeouts. The offense was led by Clayton Cooper, who banged out a pair of doubles. Trevor Smith and Collin Kyser each chipped in with a double and a run scored. Lyyski had a hit and a run scored, while Micah TerHaar, Nathan Tysman and Elliot Kolean also had hits for the West.

The pitching aces for the East team were Aiden Carlson, Quin Hendrickson, Kaiden Traxler, Gannon Kauffman and Noah Bachman. They combined for five shutout innings and 10 strikeouts. Bachman paced the offense with four hits, including a pair of doubles. Hendrickson, Kauffman and Jack Parker had the other hits for the East. Carlson, Bachman, Logan Vegh and Thomas MacDonald all scored runs.

The West team was coached by Ben Hyink, while Jeff Bajt coached the East.

North 9, South 9: The South squad raced out to a 9-0 lead before the North battled back to tie the game late in the game. Aiden Cooper and Tyler Munch led the offense for the North. Cooper had two hits, including a double, three RBIs, and a run scored. Munch added two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Cameron Sobish had a double and three RBIs. Aaron Waugh belted a double and drove in a pair, while Alex Perkins ripped a single and scored twice. Stephen Ready belted a double, and Kennedy Braginton scored twice. Cameron Peppin, Cameron Sobish and Maxwell Jerovsek all pitched scoreless innings, each recording three strikeouts.

For the south, Jack Bewalda hurled a pair of scoreless innings, striking out all six batters he faced. Grant Kieft also threw two scoreless innings, striking out four. Caleb King and Dakota Keeler each tossed a scoreless inning for the South. Bewalda led the offense with three hits, including a double, and three RBIs. Kieft also had three hits, including a double, and two runs scored. Keeler had two hits, including a double, and drove in three, while King added a hit, an RBI and two runs. Logan Darling chipped in with a hit and an RBI, while Jordan Jones banged out a single and scored a run. Cameron Mesler scored twice; Matthew Chapel scored a run; and Austin Clink rounded out the offense with an RBI.

The South was coached by Kevin Kieft, while Mike Waugh coached the North.


East 23, West 11: The East squad was on fire offensively, banging out 46 hits and scoring in each of the seven innings. Hanah Adams paced the offense with five hits, including a double. Abby Jeske, Olivia Wright, Madyson Campbell and Megan Voorhees banged out four hits each. Annelise Williams, Ingred Hentmann, Holly Waite, Nicole Bocheff, Tori Thompson and Amelia Arnold each chipped in with three hits. Jeske, Campbell and Voorhees each scored three times.

The West team got off to a slow start, but knocked out 24 hits and scored all of their runs in the final four innings. Leading the way was Zoe Komar, Julia Grover, Jenna Dove and Lily Boomgaard, who banged out three hits apiece. Ava Doza, Jaida Eller, Zoe Spoelman, Gabi Degram, Makenna Wiersma, Kendra Kieft, Kendall Cooper, May Fuller, Lexi Bowen and Leila Kahler each contributed with two hits. Kieft scored a pair of runs.

The East was coached by Sally Meara and the West by Jodi Tharp.


North 21, South 13: The North team was led offensively by Alyssa Bowen and Abbey Perkins. Bowen had three hits and three RBIs, while Perkins added three hits and a pair of RBIs. Mailyn Miller had two hits and scored three runs. Tristan Lattin and Lauren DeRose each had two hits. Mimi Goldberg and Bella Goldberg scored three runs apiece. Christine Gilmore chipped in with two RBIs. Bowen led the way from the pitchers’ circle with two scoreless innings, striking out four batters.

The South was led by Katherine Medell and Emma Holmes, who each had three hits and three RBIs. Courtney Mergener had two hits. Megan VanOtteren chipped in with a hit and an RBI. Medell, VanOtteren, Gracie Vermurlen, Grace Vanbeek and Aeryn Uganski scored two runs each. Uganski pitched a shutout inning for the South side.

The North team was coached by Jamie Burton and Jennifer Johnson, while Jake Vermurlen and Patrick VanOtteren coached the South.


North 3, South 3: The Boys Intermediate game was a pitching and defensive battle. The South team jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the North team battled back to tie the game in the final inning.

The South was led offensively by Hunter Brown and Charlie Brown, who each banged out two hits, including a double and an RBI. Carsen Boyink had two hits and an RBI, while Jason Keena belted a pair of singles. Alex Girard, Riley Wilton and Conner Mulready had the other hits for the South. Keena, Hunter Brown and Zach Bennink scored the South’s runs. Bennink, Keena, Boyink and Tyler Williams each pitched a scoreless inning. Carsen Boyink made several strong defensive plays at shortstop, while Wilton threw out a runner attempting to steal from his catcher spot.

The North was held to just three hits, but still managed to manufacture three runs. Jacob Reiffer, Brayden VanDerWeide and Brandon Greeno had the hits for the North, and each also scored a run. The pitching was led by Peter Gannon, Mason Osborne, Landon Keeler and Garret Henning, who each tossed a shutout inning. The defense for the North was led by Jimmy Duer, who made several outstanding plays at third base and in center field. Peter Gannon and Ben Bissell also made nice defensive plays.

Jason Boyink, Fred Keena and Ian Baumgarner coached the South team, while Jim Duer, Arnie Guikema, Collin Lemore and Bill Bissell coached the North.


East 9, West 7: The West was hed to just two hits, but patience at the plate helped them manufacture seven runs. Raphael Wieland and Carson Criswell had the hits for the West team. Brandon Henman added two RBIs and a run. Josh Hankins and Joel Collins each scored twice. Jacob VanderHoek and Brock Schwartz had RBIs for the West squad. Wieland and John Struntz also scored runs. Ricky Struntz, Jakob Gray and Drew Danskine each pitched scoreless innings. John Nowak had a nice defensive game behind the plate.

For the East, Jacob Miller had two hits and scored two runs. Jordan Vandermeulen added tow hits and two RBIs, while Reese Medell and Dan Griffin each had two hits and an RBI. Matt Heyer belted a triple, scored a run and drove in a pair. Connor Gundy had a hit, scored a run and had an RBI. Logan Richards and Jacob Meulenbelt each chipped in with a hit and a run scored. Christian Medell had a hit, and Thomas Shreve added an RBI and a run scored. Miller, Richards and Vandermuelen led the East on the mound, tossing shutout innings. Parker Wilton and Trevor Jones-Hirr made nice defensive plays on the infield.

The East was coached by John Griffin and Jason Gundy, while the West was led by Russ Newton and Mike Secory.

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