Saturday, June 27, 2015

2015 Baseball June 6 vs. East Grand Rapids (Regional semifinal)

Holland Christian played against the top-ranked East Grand Rapids Pioneers on Saturday afternoon at Hope College. The Maroons scored all three of their runs in the first inning. Mike Mokma drove in two runs with a fly ball to deep left field. Mokma later scored on a suicide squeeze bunt from Josh Sterenberg.

East Grand Rapids scored a run in the first, three in the second, and one in the third.

With today's loss, Holland Christian's season comes to a close. They finished with a 23-9 overall record.

David Williams led the Maroons' offense with a .442 batting average, 46 hits, 15 doubles, a home run, 29 RBI.

Josh Sterenberg batted .416 with 42 hits, 23 RBI, and 20 stolen bases.

The Maroons combined for a .316 average and outscored their opponents 182-108 over the course of the season.

Spencer Slenk was the only senior on the team this year. The Maroons won't be losing quantity, but rather quality as Slenk played in all 32 games as either pitcher, catcher, or outfielder.

2015 Baseball June 1 vs. South Christian (District final)

Holland Christian concluded district play on Monday against South Christian. Josh York led the Maroons on the mound with five innings, three hits, six strikeouts, and one earned run. The Maroons gave York enough run support to give him his sixth win of the season.

Christian Schut scored on a wild pitch to give the Maroons a 1-0 lead after two innings. Mike Mokma's two-RBI double over the left fielder's head extended the lead to 3-0. The Sailors scored a run in the top of the fourth, but the Maroons responded with six of their own: The first on an error, the next on Spencer Slenk's base hit, and the next four on Brady Brower and David Williams' two-RBI hits.

Coby Curtiss finished with two hits and two runs scored. Brower, Mokma, and Williams all had a couple RBIs.

The Maroons will take a 23-8 record into Saturday's regional final at Hope College against East Grand Rapids. First pitch is scheduled for 1:30.

2015 Baseball May 30 vs. Zeeland West (District semifinal)

The Maroons began their postseason on Saturday morning against the Zeeland West Dux. All nine batters stepped in the batter's box in the first inning for four runs. David Williams cleared the bases in the for a three RBI triple. Josh Sterenberg took the next pitch deep enough to score Williams on a sacrifice fly.

They scored four more runs in the second inning. York and Mokma both had RBI base hits, Brewer had a sacrifice fly, and Brower scored on a wild pitch.

The game ended in a 13-2 mercy thanks to a five-run fourth inning for the Maroons.

Brady Brower led the team with three hits, two runs scored, and one RBI. He also made four impressive putouts in the infield.

Josh Sterenberg pitched three innings and earned his fifth win of the season.

Holland Christian will play against South Christian on Monday for the district championship.

2015 Baseball May 23 vs. West Ottawa (Sentinel Tournament final)

The Maroons faced a tougher West Ottawa team for the championship. The Panthers scored nine runs on 13 hits while the Maroons scored one run on four hits. Josh York drove in the run with an RBI double. Josh Sterenberg pitched 6.1 efficient innings but suffered the loss.

2015 Baseball May 23 vs. Holland (Sentinel Tournament semifinal)

Holland Christian played in the semifinal and final games of the Holland Sentinel Tournament on Saturday at Hamilton. They played against Holland in the first game and West Ottawa in the second.

The Maroons sent 12 men to the plate in the second inning and scored seven runs. Riemersma, Brower, Sterenberg, and York all had RBI hits in the inning.

York made the score 8-0 in the fourth inning after he drove in his second run of the day on a ground ball.

The Dutch scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning but Holland Christian came back to get five runs in the bottom of the inning. Mike Mokma drove in two with a base hit up the middle before he crossed the plate himself. Slenk drove in the Maroons' thirteenth run of the game with his game-high third hit.

Sam Wierda hit an RBI line drive single to left field to end the game after six innings due to the mercy rule.

Josh Sterenberg, Josh York, and Mike Mokma all had two hits and two RBIs.

2015 Baseball May 22 @ Saugatuck (Sentinel Tournament)

Holland Christian played at Saugatuck for the first game of the Sentinel Classic Tournament. The Maroons sent every batter to the plate in the third inning for five runs.

In the sixth inning, Brady Brower drove in Spencer Slenk for his second RBI single of the day. Later that inning, Josh Sterenberg drove in Brower for his second RBI single of the day. Josh York capped the inning off with a bases-clearing 3-RBI double to deep center.

Riemersma, Brower, Williams, Sterenberg, and Slenk all had two hits.

Along with his 3-RBI double, Josh York didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning and finished with six innings pitched, one hit, 10 strikeouts, and zero earned runs.

Holland Christian will play the remainder of the tournament at Hamilton tomorrow. The first game will be against Holland. The other game is West Ottawa vs. Zeeland East. The winners will play for the championship and the losers will play for third place.

2015 Baseball May 19 vs. Coopersville

Holland Christian hosted Coopersville on Thursday for its last home game of the regular season. Before the game, Spencer Slenk was honored as the only senior of the team. Spencer has shown his leadership on the team both on and off the field.

Thomas Leuschner got the Maroons on the board with an RBI double in the second inning. Mike Mokma drove in the second run with a base hit up the middle.

Holland Christian was down 5-2 after four innings.

Mike Mokma had his second RBI single of the day in the fifth inning. In the next at bat, David Williams found the left side of the infield and drove in another run. After a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice suicide squeeze bunt, the Maroons found themselves on top 6-5 after five.

David Williams drove in a few insurance runs in the sixth inning with a two-RBI double to the right-center gap.

Holland Christian had 14 hits while Coopersville only had four. Williams and Riemersma had three hits apiece. Thomas Leuschner also had a great day with a couple base hits. Josh Sterenberg pitched the final 3.1 innings, gave up zero hits, and earned the win.

Holland Christian will participate in the Sentinel Tournament this weekend. The first game is at Saugatuck and Saturday's games depend on the result of Friday's game.