HOLLAND, Mich. - The Calvin baseball team had a great come-from-behind win against rival Hope on Wednesday evening by a score of 11-8.
Wednesday's game was a non-conference game. The Knights even their season record at 7-7 with the win.
Hope got its bats going early in the first three innings as the Flying Dutchmen put runs on the board first. The Flying Dutchmen jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings of play and the Knights found themselves trailing early in the game. Calvin started to pick it up on the plate in the fourth inning.
Senior Ricky Padilla (Poway, CA / Poway) hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Caden Penn and put the Knights on the board. Junior J.C. Fortmann (Elgin, IL / Elgin) then hit an RBI single to cut the deficit to five with a score of 7-2. Hope was able to add another run in the fourth as well to make it an 8-2 game heading into the fifth inning.
The Knights poured on the runs in the fifth with hits all across the lineup. The scoring started with Nick Vogel (Hartford, MI / Hartford) hitting a double to right field to score Penn and Ryan Petersen (Glen Ellyn, IL / Glenbard West). Junior Andrew Hung (Waterford, MI / Waterford) crushed a doubled to center field to score Vogel.
Later in the inning, Will Baldwin (Lake Orion, MI / Notre Dame) was hit by a pitch with the bases-loaded to score another run. Calvin got its sixth run of the inning on an error that allowed Hung to score and tie the game at 8-8.
Freshman pitcher Jake Monroe (Grandville, MI / Grandville) had a great three innings of relief picking up four strikeouts and allowing no hits. Padilla added two more runs in the sixth with a home run to left field to extend Calvin's lead to 10-8. The Knights got another run in the top of the ninth on an error to make it an 11-8 game.
Senior Henry Breems (Grand Rapids, MI / Grand Rapids Christian) came in to close the game in the bottom of the ninth and was able to secure the 11-8 win. Penn had a fantastic game at the plate with four hits while Hung and Vogel had three hits each. Padilla finished with two hits and three RBIs while Monroe was credited with the win and Breems the save.
COACHES COMMENTS: "Coming from behind 8-1 to Alma and now 7-0 to Hope are key wins for us moving forward," said Head Coach Kevin VanDuyn. "We had some solid pitching from Jake Monroe and Eli Johnson with Henry Breems finishing it up for us. We had quality at bats and scoring runs in multiple innings is how we got back into the ball game. Overall it was a great team win for us."
UP NEXT: The Knights will host Olivet in a conference doubleheader on Friday April 9 with the first game starting at 2 p.m.