Zeeland East baseball sweeps Grand Rapids Union
Zeeland East hosted the Grand Rapids Union for an OK Green double header on Tuesday. Zeeland East defeated the Redhawks in two 5-inning games (11-0, 14-1) with dominant pitching performances from Ethan Houghtaling and Sam Cochran.
In the first game, Houghtaling brought a perfect game to the bottom of the 5th inning with two outs before a single was hit with the seeing eye. Houghtaling hit 14 of the 15 outs in the game. Offensively, the Chix scored 11 hits, Houghtaling added two hits (triple, double), three RBI and two runs. Trevor Raade was also there with two hits and two runs scored.
In the second game, Sam Cochran allowed only 1 hit and 0 earned runs while defeating 8 batters in a 5-inning overall win. Cochran also helped offensively with 2RBI, two stolen bases, and a run score. Trevor Raade added two more hits while Brooks Huizenga added a triple and Drew Wyckoff had a 2RBI double.
Zeeland East (7-1, 4-1 OK Green) travels to Grand Rapids Union on Thursday to end the series.
Hamilton 17, Fruitport 11
Brandon Lubbers took the win on the hill with six innings, hit six, and gave up four well-deserved runs. He also had four hits and drove in three runs. Wil Goodpaster, Nate Scholten and Thano Klett each had two hits.
The second game was suspended due to darkness, which ended 2-2 at the end of the 5th inning.
Hamilton 3, Fruitport 2
Hamilton 17, Fruitport 4
The Hawkeyes continued their victories on Tuesday after two stellar pitching appearances from Madie Jamrog.
In the first game of the double header, Jamrog threw a full game with two hits and hit seven. Offensive, Kyra Kleinheksel went with two RBI 2-4, Hannah Stutler 2-3 and scored a run, while Abby VandenBerg 2-3 went with a double.
In the second game, the bats got really hot and didn’t let up. Kleinheksel went 3: 3, scored three runs and beat four runners. She also hit two doubles. Raya VanderZwaag went 3-4 and had three RBI. Jamrog threw three innings and allowed three hits. Stutler was relieved with the last two innings. .
“It was good for us to be tested. Many of our girls played in championship teams in the fall and winter. They just stick with it and keep fighting,” said coach Mark Behnke. “Kyra Kleinheksel had a great day five to seven with six RBI while Madie Jamrog continued to play at a very high level.”
Zeeland East 18, Grand Rapids Union 0
Zeeland East 18, Grand Rapids Union 0
The Chix defeated Grand Rapids Union 18-0 in the first game of the Conference Doubleheader on Tuesday.
Ali Holman, who was 3: 3 on the plate with three home runs in the park, two of them in the second inning. The Chix opened the game with 15 runs in the second inning. Holman, Maddy Chatman, Katie Carlson, Braxton Howey, Madalyn Hickey and Jaiden Lee each had RBIs in the frame. Katie Carlson was the winner of Zeeland East. She went two innings, allowed zero hits and zero runs while hitting five and zero walking. Hickey threw an inning out of the bullpen, relieved. The Chix tore open the base paths when two players stole at least two bases. Braxton Howey led the way with four stolen bases.
The Chix stacked it in the Madalyn Hickey and got the win for the Chix. The hurler gave up zero runs with four hits over two innings, hit three, and went zero. Riley Groups threw an inning out of the bullpen in relief.
Jaiden Lee went 3-3 on the plate to lead Zeeland East in hits. The Chix didn’t make a single mistake in the field. The Chix stole 17 bases during the game as five players stole more than one. Katie Carlson went ahead at five.
Zeeland West 11, Wyoming 8
Zeeland West 11, Wyoming 1
The Dux won the first game of an OK Green Conference double header in Wyoming 11-8.
Junior Emily Brands won on the hill. She threw seven innings, allowed eight runs with eight hits, hit five, and walked four.
“Emily was good on the hill tonight. She struggled after we made a few mistakes and after we gave up walking here and there,” said coach Scott Sliva. “We are proud of your perseverance and your trust in yourself and your team.”
The Dux Offensive had several players with big games. Junior Taylor Zwagerman went two for two and two walks. Senior Lily Brower went three for four, including two home runs and three runs. Sophomore Carly Sleeman drove two to four, including a home run (back to back with brower), and also drove in three runs. Seniors Elexia Fuentes and Jordyn Smeyers each contributed to the win.
The Dux remained strong in the second game to defeat the Wolves in the OK Green conference game. Dux dropped back in the second inning but broke the game with eight runs in the fourth and finished the game in the fifth.
Freshman Alexa Brott deserves victory on the hill. She threw five innings and allowed a two-hit run, scoring ten hits and only going one.
“Alexa had great control tonight,” said Silva. “It was fun to see how she found her rhythm and kept the wolves on just two hits.”
Zeeland West’s offensive was hit by eight different players in the game. They were led by rookie Morgan Patrick, who went two for three with a singles and a doubles and overshot four runs. Elexia Fuentes, Taylor Zwagerman, Carly Sleeman, Brott, Jordyn Smeyers, Emily Brands and Lily Brower all contributed hits.
“We came out in the second game and played a lot better on the defensive. We were also able to string our hits, which enabled us to open the game in the fourth inning,” said Silva. “After we had a big lead, we weren’t disappointed and finished well. This team continues to work hard and play as a team. We are very proud of them.”
The Dux improved to 4: 0 in the OK Green Conference and to 8: 2 in the overall standings.
Reeths buffer 4, Holland 0
Holland lost a hard-fought conference game against Reeths-Puffer with 4-0 on Tuesday evening. Holland passed well, but could not consistently fend off the larger, stronger Reeths-Puffer squad.
“I was pleased with the way we challenged defensively and passed the ball on the move,” said Greg Ceithaml, Dutch university coach. “We have to work on some things, but we will learn from the experience and improve.”
Holland is now 1-2 in the season.
Zeeland East 9, Wyoming 0
Paige Westra had a hat trick with three goals, Haley Diekevers two and Summer Boone-Sautter, Lainey Canan, Ellie Maggini and Sydney Lukas one each. Paige Westra, Joy VanDam, Lainey Canan, Haley Diekevers, Summer Boone-Sautter and Cam Roelofs each had a support. Our team defense helped Claire Bright achieve a shutout on the net.
It was the first Chix shutout of the season.
Hamilton 159, Zeeland East 195
The Chix traveled to Diamond Springs to face Hamilton in a duel on Tuesday. The Hawkeyes won between 159 and 195.
For Hamilton, Eli Timmerman and Riley Johr both shot a 37. Colin Costello added a 40.
At the top of the Chix were Brady Nykamp (43), Gabe Jarvis (48), Kole Meschke (51) and Sam Mulder (53).
West Ottawa finishes sixth at Jenison Jamboree
The panthers traveled to the meadows of the GVSU and took sixth place.
West Ottawa shot 194. The Panthers were led by newcomer Will Nizioleks four over 41. Newcomer Carson Witvoet shot 48, senior Andrew Meiste shot 51 and in the sophomore year Logan Wesolek added a 54. Junior Jack Keenan  also contributed.
Fruitport 86.5, Hamilton 49.5
Sophomore Max VanHuis was first on the 1600 meters in a time of 4: 57.75. He also finished first in the 3200 with a time of 10: 44.69.
The Hawkeyes 4X100 relay team made up of Dakota Meekhof, Jett Havemen, Owen Alderink and Zinabu Dykstra stood on the podium with a time of 48.86.
Senior Marinus Reister won the shot put at field events with a throw of 43-05.75. He also won the discus with a throw of 111-06.
Hamilton 83, Fruitport 50
Senior Bella Charron won the 3200 with a time of 13: 29.91. Senior Ashley Ritsema won the 100 hurdles with a time of 17.41. Ella Schwartz won the 300 hurdles with a time of 55.55.
The relay team Hawkeyes 4 X100 from Ritsema, Jeralyn Hoppes, Stella Kotowski and Tessa Blankenship took first place with a time of 56.31. The 4 x 200 team of Elyse Genzink, Stella Kotowski, Hoppes and Blankenship ended with 1: 59.34. The 4 x 800 team of Elyse Genzink, Trina Farris, Bella Charron and Aubrey Sibble won in 11: 42.62.
At the field events, Junior Mila Tasma came first with a litter of 29-09. Freshman Jennifer Lambers won the high jump with a jump of 4-03. In the pole vault, Charron won 9:00
West Ottawa 15, Spring Lake 8
The Panthers overcame a slow second quarter by beating the Lakers 5-0 in the third. Michael Jonas led the ranking with six goals and one assist. Gibby Nienhuis had a hat trick and an assist and Brennan Clark rounded off the attack with a hat trick of his own. Trent Mulder led the midfield with one goal and two assists. Nolan Leak won 17 games and Ian Geiersbach had 14 saves. Kobie Garcia picked up 5 ground balls.