Codey Houts blasted a one-out walkoff single to deep centerfield at Boeve Stadium to hand the Hope College baseball team a dramatic 12-11 win in 10 innings against Adrian College in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Saturday.
The junior catcher from Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake HS) knocked in senior JP Batts of Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake) from second with the winning run and a split of the Senior Day doubleheader for the Flying Dutchmen.
Adrian took Game 1 11-4 to clinch its ninth consecutive outright Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association title.
The two teams will complete their four-game series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday at Adrian. The Flying Dutchmen (23-15, 16-10 MIAA) have clinched the third seed for next week's MIAA Tournament.
In game two, Hope rode a dominant offensive performance to victory, scoring in seven of the nine innings. The team totaled 10 hits, with five of them going for extra bases.
The Flying Dutchmen scored in the 10th after Adrian (29-9, 22-4 MIAA) sent the game to extra innings with three runs in the top of the eighth and one more in the ninth.
Batts led off the bottom of the 10th with a single to right and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from third baseman Michael Barnett of Saline, Michigan (Saline).
After an international walk to pitcher Tanner Gilmore of Murrieta, California (Alta Loma), Houts singled to the warning track in center for the winning hit and was mobbed by teammates at first base.
Gilmore led the Flying Dutchmen offense, hitting a key three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was Gilmore's team-leading sixth home run of the season. He went 2-for5 with three RBIs.
Gilmore also earned his first victory as a pitcher for the Flying Dutchmen, tossing 1 ⅔ innings of scoreless relief.
Batts went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBIs. He is batting .430 on the season.
Shortstop Jordon Fairchild of Muskegon, Michigan (Oakridge) had two hits and two RBIs.
In game one, Hope was let down by its defense, totaling four errors in the seven-inning game. Adrian took advantage with a five-run first inning, and never looked back.
The Flying Dutchmen offense was led by Nick Lepore of Clinton Township, Michigan (De La Salle) who had two hits, including a double, as well as two RBIs and a run scored.
Drew Lunsford of Fort Wayne, Indiana (Homestead) also contributed, with two hits and two runs scored.