Baseball roundup: Fruitport slugs WMC in season opener

Lakers bounce Packers in Game 1, have 2nd game called early
Tribune Staff
Apr 17, 2013

Fruitport’s varsity baseball team opened its season with a 10-0 victory over visiting Western Michigan Christian on Tuesday.

The Trojans scored seven runs in the opening inning to pave the way for the five-inning win.

Kolin Lakatos and Justin Wierengo paced the Trojans’ offense as each finished with three hits and a pair of RBIs. Kyle Fialek added two hits, including a triple, and drove in a par of runs, while Brandon Lee also had two hits.

Travis Grimm earned the win, going four innings and striking out five.

Logan Waller had a pair of hits for the Warriors. Austin Sandin, who had a shaky start on the mound for WMC, had a double, while Matt Vanderploeg and Bailey Heykoop each singled.

“The team showed great effort and character for only being onside for practice once,” WMC coach Darin Waller said.

The Trojans are at Ravenna on Thursday.

Junior Varsity: Fruitport scored an 11-1 win.

LAKERS WIN OPENER

Spring Lake scored a key Lakes Eight Conference victory in its season-opener against Fremont, winning 10-7.

Game 2 of the scheduled doubleheader was called because of darkness with the two teams deadlocked at 2-2 heading into the sixth inning.

Game 1 saw the Lakers leave the bases loaded twice in the early innings, but they finally took advantage in the fourth inning, as J.P. Bats blasted a two-run double to jump-start a six-run inning that put the home team on top for good.

Spring Lake started Dominican Republic native Jorge Lozano on the mound, and he was solid through four innings, striking out seven and allowing four runs to earn the win.

Michael Dillingham pitched the next 2 2/3 innings, then with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, sophomore Kyle Zietlow came in and earned the final out for the save.

Zietlow, who also had two hits and was hit by a pitch twice, also earned a big out in the second game to keep the contest tied.

Dillon Groover got the start in Game 2 and struck out six batters through five innings.

Cody Houts had an RBI double in the first inning to account for the Lakers’ two runs.

Lakers’ coach Jeff Lindsey said he is unsure when the final two innings of Game 2 will be played.

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