Jorge Lozano admitted that it took him a while to get acclimated with life in Spring Lake last year after moving here from the Dominican Republic.
If Thursday was any indication, another year spent in West Michigan has helped the youngster settle in just fine.
Lozano, a hard-throwing right-hander, tossed a no-hitter in Game was as the Lakers pounded visiting Grant in five innings, 10-0.
Lozano added an inside-the-park home run for the Lakers, who went on to win Game 2, 10-5.
“This was very exciting,” Lozano said following his Game 1 heroics. “It’s the first game of the season, so it was awesome to get this done. I was able to throw my fastball for strikes, that was the most important thing.”
Lozano said he was happy to pitch with the temperature nearing 60 on Thursday as opposed to the cold weather that greeted him last year.
“I’ve got to say, the weather was way better than last year,” he said with a grin.
Lozano moved to Spring Lake from the Dominican Republic in January of 2013.
“The beginning was tough at first,” he said. “I had some issues (speaking) English. But I was able to end up with a 4.0 last tri, so that was exciting.”
His parents, Doug and Olga, were all smiles after watching him toss his no-hitter on Thursday. SW
So was his coach.
“Jorge was commanding the strike zone early,” said coach Jeff Lindsey. “His fastball was popping pretty good, and his changeup was working. They just couldn’t catch up to him.”
Lozano finished with 10 strikeouts and four walks.
He had to step up because the Lakers’ other top pitcher, Dillon Groover, twisted his ankle during practice on Wednesday and will miss a week of action.
That meant the Lakers had to start sophomore Trenton Dove in Game 2, and he pitched well, allowing four runs, none earned, over 4 2/3 innings. Kyle Houts then pitched the final 2 ½ innings, striking out five batters.
Houts had a great day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with three RBIs in Game 1, then finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI in Game 2.
Ben Winsemius went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice RBI in the opener.
Mark Williamson finished 3-for-3 in the second game, while Kyle Peats, another sophomore, finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored.
The Lakers return to action on Saturday at Grand Haven’s Big Buc Invitational.
TROJANS SWEEP OV
Fruitport scored a pair of wins over Orchard View, winning 4-3 and 5-1.
Travis Grimm earned the win in the opener, going seven innings and striking out six. He walked three and allowed just two hits.
Grimm also had a nice game at the plate, going 3-for-3.
In the second game, Austin Curtis pitched complete game, allowing two hits and walking one while giving up just two hits.
Alex Bowen, Grimm, Jason Carmean and Jarod Wierengo each had two hits for the Trojans, who will play a doubleheader at Holland Christian on Saturday.