After a pair of comeback victories over Catholic Central on Monday, the South Christian freshman baseball team was ready to build to its winning streak on Wednesday against Middleville. The relentless hitting attack and dominant pitching of the visiting Trojans was simply too much for the Sailors to handle, as Middleville swept the doubleheader at the South Christian Sports Park by the scores of 5-0 and 11-0.
Game 1 of the doubleheader got off to a promising start for the Sailors. Nate Van Solkema got the start on the mound for South Christian and shut down Middleville in order in the first inning. The Sailors had an early scoring opportunity in the bottom of the inning after a two-out double by center fielder Will Tucker, but the chance evaporated after Tucker was caught stealing third. Middleville opened the scoring in the top of the second, plating 2 runs on 3 hits. Van Solkema doubled in the bottom of the second, but the Sailors were unable to bring him in to score. Trevor Sisson took the mound for the Sailors to begin the third and he quieted the Trojans’ bats until the fifth inning. A triple to deep center field followed by a South Christian error pushed Middleville’s lead to 4-0, and a fifth run scored later in the inning. The Sailors were unable to score in the bottom of the fifth after a one-out single by Dalton Brummel was erased by a game-ending double play.
Game 2 belonged to Middleville from the get-go. The Trojans jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first, aided by some sloppy play by the Sailors defense. The top of the second saw the Trojans’ offense push four more runs across the plate, opening up a nine run lead that South Christian never threatened. The final score ended 11-0 in four innings, as the Sailors could manage only three hits for the game.
The freshmen baseball team next plays this Saturday, April 28, in the Hudsonville Baseball Tournament. The Sailors first game is against Unity Christian at Unity’s field, with first pitch scheduled for 10 AM.