GRCC baseball team sweeps doubleheader from Kalamazoo Valley Community College

A GRCC baseball player throwing the ball during a game.

The Grand Rapids Community College baseball team scored two runs in the last inning to pull out a doubleheader sweep of Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Earlier in the day, the golf team finished second at a tournament in Muskegon.

GRCC rolled in the first game, topping Kalamazoo Valley 8-2, with Ryan Dkystra starting the scoring with a solo home run.  

GRCC then notched three runs in the seventh inning, with Max Varon and Camden Keatley sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

Jerad Berkenpas earned the win, allowing six hits and two runs over seven innings, striking out five and walking none.

Grand Rapids Community College Raiders Varsity racked up 18 hits on the day. Xander Reisbig, Caleb Engelsman, Zacarias Salinas, Dylan Chargo, Jacob Gumieny, Andres Rivera-Calderon, Dykstra, and Keatley all managed multiple hits. Reisbig had three hits in four at bats.

GRCC won the nightcap 4-1, with Drew Murphy earning the win. The pitcher allowed two hits and one run over six innings, striking out 10. Eliott Traver threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen and earned the save.

Dykstra led the team with two hits in three at bats.

The sweep brings the GRCC season record to 22-20 and one tie, coming all way back after starting the season 1-10.

Meanwhile, the golf team placed second at the Muskegon Community College Invitational on Friday. The team’s score of 310 was five strokes higher than the host school, which won the title. 

Matt Denhartigh was just two strokes behind the medalist from Mott Community College shooting a 73.

Arie Jackman and Conner Oman each posted a 76, while Brad VandenHout and Sam Foss were the other Raider golfers posting an 85 and 91. 

GRCC is four strokes down from a conference championship with the last conference tournament being on May 2 at Ancilla College.

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