Jerad Berkenpas’ two-hit shutout sparks GRCC baseball sweep, softball splits against Delta

Baseball player swinging at a pitch.

Jerad Berkenpas’ two-hit shutout sparked the Grand Rapids Community College baseball team in a doubleheader sweep over Delta College on Friday.

The softball team dropped a tough two-run decision in the first game of a doubleheader against Delta, but bounced back and won by 11 runs in the nightcap.

Trevin Laming hit his third home run in his past four games in baseball’s game, one of seven total GRCC hits. Tommy Reid was 2-for-2.

Berkenpas needed just 88 pitches over his seven innings on the mound and struck out 12 batters while walking none.

In the second game, Connor Foley picked up his second win of the season after pitching a four-hit complete game.

Zacarias Salinas and Jacob Gumieny each had two of the team’s nine total hits.  Dylan Chargo hit his second home run of the season.

Four GRCC errors doomed the softball team in game one’s 4-2 loss.  Only one of the runs was earned for ace Izzy Regner who lost her first game after starting the season 6-0.  Regner struck out 14 batters while walking just two Pioneers.

Regner and Jaye Guichelaar each had two of the team’s seven hits.

GRCC’s offense exploded for eight runs over the first two innings in route to a 17-4 run-rule win over Delta in game two.

Regner connected on her second career homer in the top of the first inning and shortstop Brynn McArthur blasted her first collegiate homer in the bottom of the fourth.  

All nine starters had at least one hit for GRCC as it out-hit the Pioneers 13-4.

Both teams will resume their season series with Delta College on Sunday at 10 a.m., a change in the schedule due to the forecast.  The softball team will play a single game and the baseball team will play a doubleheader.

This story was reported by Ben Brown.

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