Freshman battle to split with Unity Christian

Tom Schreur earned the win in game one of Wednesday's doubleheader.

HAMILTON, Mich. — In two hard-fought, well-played baseball games, the freshman Hawkeyes came away with a split against the visiting Crusaders of Unity Christian.

Hamilton won the first game 6-5 before falling 8-2 in game two. The Hawkeyes are now 12-11-1 on the season.

“I thought we played great in many different areas tonight,” Hamilton coach Josh Hoppe said. “It was huge to come out in game one and get a win after Monday’s games against Byron Center. We played well in game two also, but Unity just played a little better.”

Tom Schreur earned the victory in game one. He pitched two innings before giving way to Ethan Buresh who went the rest of the way to grab the save.

Offensively, the Hawkeyes were led by hits from Schreur, Cole Carlson, Trenton Haverdink and Nick Lafleur.

Sean Thompson took the loss in game two despite pitching well. He scattered a few Unity runs before finally being tagged in the third inning.

Noah Sall broke up Unity’s no-hit bid with a single in the fourth inning. Also nabbing hits for the Hawkeyes were Thompson, Buresh, Brady Zomer and Justin Genther.

Hamilton will travel to Grand Haven for a tournament Saturday morning. They will take on Grand Rapids Christian in game one of the tournament at 10 a.m. The other side of the bracket sees host Grand Haven take on Tri-County.