Baseball Rallies To Split Doubleheader With Kalamazoo

Cal Barrett cleared the bases with one big swing for the Hope College baseball team Monday afternoon at Boeve Stadium.

The freshman designated hitter from Chelsea, Michigan (Chelsea HS) delivered a three-run triple that broke open the second game of a doubleheader against Kalamazoo College and paved the way for a 9-4 victory. Barrett is pictured at right.

The Flying Dutchmen earned a split in their Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association series opener after losing the opener 14-1.

Hope (8-12, 6-4 MIAA) is scheduled to play another doubleheader on Tuesday at Kalamazoo. The Flying Dutchmen are tied for third place in the league standings with Alma.

Barrett's triple to left in the sixth inning extended the Flying Dutchmen's lead to 5-0. Hope had taken a 2-0 lead in the third on a two-run single from rightfielder Mason Opple of Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville).

After Kalamazoo scored twice in the seventh, the Flying Dutchmen answered with a four-run eighth.

Second baseman Brant Kym of Libertyville, Illinois (Libertyville) opened the rally with an RBI single. The Flying Dutchmen added another run on the play when Kalamazoo mishandled the ball in centerfield.

Shortstop Jordon Fairchild of Muskegon followed two batters later with a two-run double.

Winning pitcher Sam Balke of Grand Rapids, Michigan (Forest Hills Eastern) scattered six hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out three.

Reliever Sean Hoey of Holland, Michigan (West Ottawa) recorded the final eight outs for his first collegiate save.

In Game 1, Hope was outhit 13-4. Second baseman Drew Lunsford of Fort Wayne, Indiana (Homestead) had an RBI double for the Flying Dutchmen.