GRCC baseball pitchers throw third and fourth complete game in a row in Delta College sweep

Grand Rapids Community College’s baseball team’s starting pitchers tossed the team’s third and fourth consecutive complete games in another doubleheader sweep over Delta College on Sunday. 

The softball team also had a strong pitching performance, but lost a heartbreaker in the final inning of the game.

GRCC’s golf also competed, finishing in 10th place at the Heritage Hill Collegiate in Kentucky.

Lucas McKinney and Colton Leatherman pitched complete games for the Raiders baseball team, helping the team to a 13-2 victory in the opener and 9-0 win in the nightcap.  It was the fourth straight game where the bullpen wasn’t needed, with Jerad Berkenpas and Connor Foley pitching complete games on Friday.

Eight GRCC players had at least one hit in the doubleheader, led by Zacarias Salinas, who was 5-for-6 with three RBI, including his second home run of the season. Jake Gumieny was 4-for-6 with a triple and Andres Rivera-Calderon hit his first home run.

The baseball team is now 8-9 overall and 4-0 in the conference, after starting the season 2-8 in a tough spring break down south.

In the softball game, Izzy Regner hit her third homer of the season to tie the game at one in the first inning. But Delta took the lead back in the third. 

The visitors held the 2-1 lead until Brynn McArthur hit her second homer in as many games to give GRCC a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth. The Raiders would tack on another run heading into the seventh inning.  But Delta responded with three runs – only one of which that was earned – to give it a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.

Despite loading the bases, GRCC was unable to score any more runs and Delta prevailed.

Lea off hitter Jay Guichelaar had three of the team’s six total hits.  Regner had two hits and McArthur’s homer was the other. Regner had 11 strikeouts in just her second loss this season. 

The golf team resumed play in Shepherdsville, Ken. finishing in 10th place of 13 teams at the Heritage Hill Collegiate. 

Connor Oman shot a team-best 230 over three rounds, including a team-best 73 in the final round on Sunday. He tied for 25th overall.

Drew Harrington shot a 75 in round one and finished in 34th place with a score of 235 strokes.  Zach Basiaga, 247 strokes, and Brad VandenHout, 248, finished the GRCC scoring.

The baseball team is scheduled to play next at Calvin University on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and the softball team is scheduled to play at home on Tuesday at 3 against Cornerstone University’s junior varsity squad.  The golf team isn’t scheduled to play until April 7. 

This story was reported by Ben Brown.

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