Written by: Kelsey Stanton
This past weekend the Adrian College baseball team had four games to play with two games on Saturday, March 29 and two games Sunday, March 30. All four games this weekend were played at home against Olivet, however the Bulldogs were the away team Saturday. The Bulldogs completed a sweep against the Comets and were able to move themselves to a record of (13-5, 7-1 MIAA) overall on the 2014 season.
The first two games had scores of 5-2 and 2-1, both in the Bulldogs’ favor. The weather was uncooperative as well with some harsh cold and brisk winds all day long. Fans had to bundle up in coats and blankets and even then could not avoid shivering throughout the games. The two games Sunday were much better with temperatures going up into the 50’s with sun and a much lighter breeze. “It is very exciting to start the conference season 7-1 but we need to have a short memory because we have a huge series with conference rival Hope on Friday and Saturday,” said senior Brent Greenwood.
Greenwood pitched all seven innings in the third game of the series this weekend and only gave up seven hits and two runs while registering four strikeouts as well. Senior Mitch Stefanski hit his second home run of the year, which was a two-run shot. Junior Drew Shutes scored his first triple on the season and went 2-4 scoring two runs. Junior Ben Yax also registered a triple as he went 2-3 with two RBIs. Sophomore Tommy Eng also had a good showing as a designated hitter going 1-1 with two runs, two walks, and two RBIs. Olivet ended up with 27 at-bats with four strikeouts and three left on base. Adrian College had 25 at-bats with only one strikeout but six left on base. “As a freshman moving through to the 2014 I see a bright future for the AC baseball team. As for this season, we have started out very well and I see a great successful future,” said freshman Ryan Dorow.
In the second game on Sunday the Bulldogs won 4-1 against the Comets finishing off a weekend of winning. Senior Holden Branch pitched six innings giving up six hits and only one run and registering six strikeouts. Junior closer Greg Sombati finished up the game for Adrian giving up no hits and boasting two strikeouts to seal the deal for the Bulldogs. Senior R.J. Rios ended up with one run, one hit, and one RBI. Eng put up the exact same numbers in this game as the designated hitter once again. Shutes had one run and senior Dan Heatherly had one hit and one run. Both teams had four walks, Adrian had 20 at-bats and Olivet had 25. The Bulldogs only had four left on base while Olivet left seven on base.
The team hit an important milestone after the first game on Sunday with coach Craig Rainey posting his 500th career win as the Adrian coach. A short ceremony took place on field with his father in attendance and pictures with the athletic director, Mike Duffy. The Bulldogs are facing Hope this weekend with a double header April 4 at home and then playing them April 5 in a double header at Hope College. This is a big game for Adrian as Hope is one of their conference rivals. “It’s very exciting. We’re off to a good start and hopefully we can carry this through for the rest of the season,” says Eng.