Lakeview 8 Grant 6
The Tigers lost despite out-hitting Lakeview ten to seven.
"We played good enough to get a win but we had a hiccup in the 5th inning and couldn't completely recover from it,” said Coach Rider. “ Even after the fifth we kept putting pressure on them and had the game tying run on 2nd in the last inning."
In the second inning, Lakeview got their offense started when Harris singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run. Grant tallied four runs in the sixth inning. The Tiger batters contributing to the big inning included Tristen Chesebro, Cole Lesley, and Nic Anderson, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
"Cole had a big at bat for us, especially considering it was his first of the season. This was his first live game action since coming of an elbow injury. He jumped on the first pitch and sent it to right field."
The Wildcats scored six runs in the fifth inning powered by Larsen, Harriss, Cole, Lockwood, and Nummer, who each drove in runs. Voelker got the start for Lakeview and went lsix and two-thirds innings, allowing ten hits and six runs while striking out seven.
Chesebro led things off on the hill for Grant Tigers Varsity allowing two hits and three runs over three innings while striking out eight. Kyle Bay and Isaiah Powell entered the game from the bullpen, throwing two and a third innings and one and two-thirds innings respectively.
"This was Tristen's best start of the season by far. Hopefully he can bring what he did on the mound into Tuesdays' game against Tri-County."
Grant racked up ten hits on the day. Bay, Chesebro, and Ryan Hether each collected multiple hits for Grant. Bay led Grantwith three hits in four at bats..
Grant 9 Farwell 5
Farwell scored three runs in the second inning, but Grant still won 9-5
The Tigers got things going in the first inning by putting up a quick 4 runs. The second inning continued the scoring when they put up four more on the board. Tigers batters contributing to the big inning included Tristen Chesebro, Elliott Butchart, and Jed Vander Weide, who each had RBIs in the inning.
Dalton Wagner toed the rubber for the Tigers. He lasted two innings, allowing four hits and three runs.
"Dalton got the start for us today but was having a little soreness in his arm so he was cut short. Jed came in and pitched his best outing of the season," said Coach Rider. "One thing I have been stressing with our pitchers is to throw strikes and limit the walks. Jed threw five innings today and had only 1 walk. That gave us a chance to make plays on defense and stay on our toes."
Cogswell started the game for Farwell. He went one inning, allowing four runs on three hits, striking out two and walking one. Silvestro and Farinski entered the game as relief, throwing five innings and one inning respectively.
Grant racked up ten hits in the game. With Anderson and Chesebro each collecting a pair. "Late in game one today and in this game we started putting together better at bats. We also started getting those clutch hits with runners in score position."
"It is no secret that we have a young team, added Coach Rider. “ Today I looked out on the field and there were 7 freshman, one sophomore and a senior. The coaching staff has thrown a lot of information at them and we challenge them each day to be better than the day before. If they can keep this mindset they will be in a good spot down the road."