Freshman Recaps

Freshman team ends season with sweep of Holland

HAMILTON, Mich. — The freshman Hawkeyes used their final games of the year to finish over .500 on the season.

Hamilton defeated Holland 4-3 and 10-0 Wednesday night to end the season 15-13-1.

A full write up will be posted Thursday.

Freshman team stumbles in 9-3 loss to Calvin

HAMILTON, Mich. — Hamilton was unable to capture the success they experienced at Saturday’s Grand Haven tournament against Calvin Christian Monday.

The Hawkeyes struggled at the plate in their 9-3 loss. The team is now 13-13-1 on the season.

“Baseball is a funny game,” Hamilton coach Josh Hoppe said. “On Saturday we crushed the ball. Today, we struggled mightily.”

Hamilton was down 5-3 entering the seventh inning, but the Squires pushed across four runs in the frame to put the game out of reach.

Sean Thompson took the loss. He pitched five innings, gave up three hits, walked seven and fanned two. Tom Schreur and Scott Arndt combined to finish the game.

Thompson collected three hits. Also adding base hits for Hamilton were Arndt, Michael TenCate, Cole Carlson and Trenton Haverdink.

The Hawkeyes will finish their season with a doubleheader Wednesday against Holland. First pitch is slated for 4:15 p.m.

Hawkeyes fall to Grand Haven in tourney championship

Justin Genther had a hit in the championship game against Grand Haven.

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. — After rain canceled their home tournament two weekends ago, the freshmen were eager to participate in Saturday’s Grand Haven tournament.

The Hawkeyes responded with arguably their best two games of the season, but the team came up just short in the tournament championship.

In the opening round, Hamilton defeated familiar-foe Grand Rapids Christian 13-4. The freshman then fell 7-4 to host Grand Haven in the championship game. The team is now 13-12-1 on the season.

“I’m very, very proud of the way our kids played today,” Hamilton coach Josh Hoppe said. “We played great baseball all day, and had a lot of fun doing so. We just had one bad inning that caused us some trouble against Grand Haven.”

GAME ONE – Hamilton 13, Grand Rapids Christian 4

The pitching performance of Ethan Buresh and the blistering hot bats were the stories of the opening round game.

Buresh pitched all seven innings to earn the win. He threw 104 pitches and scattered eight hits. He fanned seven and walked two.

The Hawkeyes provided more than enough offense for their righthander.

Pacing the Hawkeyes was third basemen Tom Schreur, who went 3 for 3 with two doubles and a two-run home run to deep left center, his second of the season. Schreur had three RBIs, scored three runs, and was also intentionally walked.

“Offensively, we hit the ball all over the field today,” Hoppe said. “It’s great to see the guys making this type of progress toward the end of the season.”

Catcher Trenton Haverdink posted a two-hit, two-RBI performance. Cameron Stoel and Buresh each had two hits. Nick Kronemeyer had two hits and two RBIs.

GAME TWO – Grand Haven 7, Hamilton 4

The championship game proved to be a grind-it-out affair. With exception to a four-run fourth inning for Grand Haven, runs were few and far between.

Hamilton was unable to match their offensive output of game one against the Buccaneers. Still, good pitching and solid defense kept the Hawkeyes on the doorstep all game.

Kronemeyer took the loss. He pitched four innings and was tagged for six of Grand Haven’s seven runs. He struck out five and surrendered only five hits, but eight walks helped fuel the Buccaneer offense.

Kronemeyer was relieved by Schreur, who finished the game while holding Grand Haven to only one more run.

“Nick pitched well today,” Hoppe said. “He struggled a bit with control at times, but he held it down and battled through adversity. We just couldn’t get him enough runs to bring home the victory.”

Sean Thompson led the Hawkeyes with his 3 for 3 performance. Stoel was 2 for 2 with a double, and Kronemeyer posted two hits to help his own cause.

Noah Sall, Justin Genther and Schreur also added hits for Hamilton.

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.

Hawkeyes fall twice to Byron Center

BYRON CENTER, Mich. — The freshman could not muster enough offense in Monday’s final road doubleheader.

The team dropped two games, losing 7-2 in game one and 12-2 in game two.

“A couple tough losses again for us tonight,” Hamilton coach Josh Hoppe said after his team fell to 11-10-1 on the season. “We’re going to come back to practice tomorrow and work hard to get ready for Wednesday’s games against Unity.”

Ethan Buresh took the loss in game one. Nick Kronemeyer took the loss in game two.