For the second straight week, the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference selected a member of the Davenport University baseball team as its Pitcher of the Week.
Lefty Jordan Anderson of Grand Haven was selected for the award this week, following teammate Chandler Sidwell, who was last week’s honoree.
Anderson struck out 12 batters to match the school’s single-game record during his team’s 4-2 win over Saint Xavier (Ill.) this past Saturday. He allowed four hits and one earned run in that outing, improving his season record to 2-0 and dropping his earned-run average to 2.79.
Anderson now has 27 strikeouts to just six walks over 19.1 innings.
Anderson, a 6-foot-3 lefty, is a senior at Davenport. He burst onto the scene with a 7-2 mark in 2012, striking out 41 batters and posting a solid 3.73 ERA. As a junior last year, Anderson’s season was cut short by a strained bicep muscle, limiting him to just two appearances.
“It feels great to be back,” Anderson said. “It was killing me to sit and watch all last season.”
FORMER LAKERS PLAY WELL FOR OLIVET
Spring Lake’s Jackson “J.P.” Batts wielded a red-hot bat for the Olivet Nazarene University baseball team, which recently returned from a six-day, 10-game swing through Arizona.
Batts, a freshman, led the Tigers with a .480 batting average on the trip. He showed off his speed, stealing four bases, while collecting 12 hits, driving in three runs, and finishing with 13 total bases.
Through 17 total games, Batts, an outfielder, is batting .405 with 15 hits and four RBIs to go with eight stolen bases. He’s been caught stealing just once.
Another former Laker, freshman catcher Codey Houts, has played in 15 games for the Tigers, collecting five hits and scoring two runs in 32 at-bats, including a home run.
SCHULZE WRAPS UP MSU SWIM CAREER
Grand Haven’s Sam Schulze wrapped up his outstanding career with the Michigan State University men’s swim team earlier this month.
Schulze saved his best for last at the Big Ten Championships. He swam a season-best backstroke time of 22.47 seconds to help the MSU 200-yard medley relay team place 10th and barely miss out on a school record with a time of 1:28.29.
Schulze then tied for 27th with a career-best time of 20.44 in the 50 freestyle, good for sixth on the all-time MSU list.
Schulze has also put in the work in the classroom as he boasted a 3.8 GPA this past semester.
The former Buccaneer will be back in Grand Haven this summer as he’ll offer instruction, along with some former teammates, at the Shelby Hardebeck Technical Swim Camp.
SZYMAS PLAYS WELL FOR BELLES
Grand Haven High School graduate Stephanie Szymas made four saves in goal as the St. Mary’s women’s lacrosse team fell short against Aurora last Thursday.
The Belles are now 0-6 on the season. Szymas has started five of those games in goal and has been called on to make 41 saves, a .325 save percentage. She’s been busy, facing 163 shots. St. Mary’s, on the other hand, has just 92 total shots in its six games.