By Maxxton Jolls
The baseball team came home to play a doubleheader against Hope College last Tuesday, sweeping both games. The Scots won the first seven-inning game by a score of 6-1 and the second nine-inning game, 7-3.
With the wins, Alma improved its record to 12-3 on the season, and 3-1 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Hope’s record decreased to 6-9 and 1-3 in MIAA play. Dayne San Miguel (’16) led Alma with two RBI’s and Austin Roeske (‘18) added two stolen bases. Matt Launstein (‘16) pitched a complete game, only giving up five hits and striking out two batters.
In the first game, the Dutchman struck first scoring in the top of the third inning, but the Scots closed out the inning with an exclamation point as San Miguel hit a solo home run. The Scots scored two more times after striking out the first couple of batters for the Dutchmen in the top of the sixth, then brought two more runs home in the bottom to finish the game, 6-1.
In the second contest, Alma got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead. David Carles (‘16) was hit by a pitch and then stole second to out himself in scoring position. Alma then took a 2-0 lead through two innings, but Hope tied the game up at the top of the fifth. Greg Goffee (‘17) eventually gave the Scots a 3-2 lead after a sacrifice fly from Doug Walters (‘16). The lead increased to 4-2 at the bottom of the sixth and eventually took the game 7-3.
In their second home game of the week, the Scots hosted Albion College in the first doubleheader of a four game series, with Alma taking both games. Alma improved to 14-3 on the season and 5-1 in the MIAA. Albion dropped to 7-11 and 0-6 in the MIAA.
In game one, the Scots put up four runs at the bottom of first, and added one more run to take a 5-0 lead through two innings. Albion then scored four runs in the fourth, but the Scots stopped them to take a 5-4 victory. Phil Jock (‘16) was on the mound for the game pitching a complete game, striking out 10 batters.
In its second game, Alma started off slow as Albion gained a 2-0 lead in the second inning. The Scots then tied the game up off an RBI by Alex Peczynski (‘17) to bring in San Miguel.
Alma added five more runs in the fourth and notched three runs to take a 10-2 lead. Then after bringing down the first three batters in the sixth and seven innings, the Scots brought tallied another run to eventually take the game 11-2. Matthew Minaudo (’18) went 4-4 and recorded one RBI, while Carles added three RBI’s of his own and scored twice. San Miguel went 2-3 with one triple and one double.