Pitching strong, defense struggles in sweep
Photos by Jim Cherry
Holton 9-10 Hesperia 7-0
The 2021 season has been a challenge so far for the Hesperia Varsity baseball team. With a young and inexperienced team, the Panthers started the season with two frigid March games against two of the better teams in the area, North Muskegon and Muskegon Catholic. After spring break the Panthers were shut down for two weeks due to COVID quarantining. With one practice before resuming their season, Hesperia faced off against a solid Holton team at Marsh Field Friday night.
The team is making progress every day and that showed Friday night. After committing defensive errors early, Hesperia found themselves down 9-0. Once some of the nerves settled, the bats got hot and the Panthers clawed back into the game only to lose 9-7. Braden Nielsen threw well holding Holton to just 3 hits. Armando Escobedo pitched well in relief to hold the Red Devils at 9 runs. Offensively, Hesperia was led by Escobedo with 2 hits, Alex Sayer with 2 RBI’s, and Hunter Gudyka scoring 2 Runs.
In game two, Travis Kurtz took the mound and held the Red Devils to 3 hits but gave up 6 runs. The Panther only managed a hit apiece for Kurtz and Sayer. Hesperia lost 10-0 in six innings.
Hesperia (0-4, 0-2) will host White Cloud Tuesday with games beginning at 4pm.