Alma, Mich. – The Alma College baseball team won game two of a doubleheader, 11-8, against the Calvin College Knights on Saturday at Klenk Park. Alma honored its senior class after losing the first game on the day to the Knights by a score of 4-1.
Juniors Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth) and Max Trucks (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant) each had four hits on the day with Trucks going 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBI in game two. Sophomore Carson Kempa (North Branch, Mich. / North Branch) earned his third win of the season on the mound for Alma.
The Scots now await to see if they will qualify for the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association postseason tournament. With a 14-14 conference record and 18-22 overall, Alma currently sits in the fourth and final spot for the playoffs. They will need Kalamazoo College to lose at least one of their two games Sunday against Olivet College to clinch a postseason berth. Calvin ends their season with a 17-22 record and 12-16 in conference.
How It Happened
Game One: Calvin 4, Alma 1
- Junior Aaron Saenz (Sebewaing, Mich. / Unionville-Sebewaing Area) started the game for the Scots coming off of winning his last five appearances. He gave up two runs early in the first to Calvin.
- Alma's offense struggled out of the gate, Carravallah earned the first Scot hit in the third with a liner past the pitcher.
- The Scots put up their lone run of the game in the fifth thanks to a pair of freshmen. Left fielder Joshua Robinson (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) singled to lead off the inning, then with one out, right fielder Noah Hamilton (Fowler, Mich. / Fowler) punched one the other way to right field to score Robinson and make it a 3-1 game.
- Alma put two runners on base in both the sixth and the seventh but could not bring any of them home. The Scots had runners on second and third with one out in the final inning, but a strikeout and a ground out ended the rally, and the game.
Game Two: Alma 11, Calvin 8
- After giving up a run in the first, the Alma offense responded in a big way to start the second game. The first five batters reached safely and four of them came around to score. Junior shortstop Zach Schirmer (Bay City, Mich. / Bay City Western) plated the first run on a single while junior third baseman Logan Huff (Johannesburg, Mich. / Johannesburg-Lewiston) drove in two on a double lined down the left field line. Junior second baseman Carter Sanderson (Ilderton, Ont. / Central Secondary School) made it a 4-1 game with a sacrifice fly to score Trucks.
- The Scots kept the hot hitting going with three more runs in the second. Junior catcher Jaret Koin (Sterling, Mich. / Standish-Sterling Central) doubled with right fielder Matt Scanzano (Oakville, Mich. / De La Salle College Oaklands) scoring on a Calvin error. Schirmer would bring home Koin later in the frame and then Trucks scored again, this time on a wild pitch.
- Kempa settled in after giving up three runs in the first three innings. He retired six straight in the fourth and fifth innings. Trucks picked up his two RBIs in the fifth with a single that scored Carravallah and senior Jordan Anstandig (West Bloomfield, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern). Huff was able to make it a 10-3 game with a two out RBI single to score Schirmer.
- The Knights cut the lead back to five with two runs in the sixth. Koin stepped up to plate in the bottom half of the inning with two outs and Sanderson on second. The catcher drilled a double down the left field line to score the second baseman and push the lead to 11-5.
- Calvin would chip away at the lead with one in the seventh and two more in the eighth. Junior Travis Moyer (Portland, Mich. / St. Patrick) was called from the bullpen with one out and a runner on second in the eighth. He forced two ground outs to get out of the frame and then pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the save.
- Koin broke the program's single-season record for runs scored with 39. That record stood for the past 17 years.
- Huff was 3-for-3 with three RBI in the second game. He broke the the program's single season record for RBI with 42.
- Trucks' four hit game was the third of his career and first since his freshman season in 2017.
- Kempa's three wins against conference opponents ranks in the top 10 in the MIAA.
- Alma's 8-2 record at Klenk Park is the best winning percentage the Scots have had at home in a single season this decade.
If the Scots qualify for the MIAA Tournament, the first game will be played on Wednesday, May 8 at Adrian College.