KCC baseball defeats Ancilla College in four-game sweep

KCC baseball's Zach Smith pitches against Ancilla College on March 23, 2018, at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

Kellogg Community College’s baseball team swept all four games against conference opponent Ancilla College last week, including the Bruins’ first two home games of the season Friday at home in Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

Below are results for the Bruins’ last four games. To sign up to receive KCC baseball results by email, visit www.kellogg.edu/baseball and fill out the “Get KCC Athletics Results by Email” form on the left side (desktop) or bottom (mobile) of the page. You can also get real-time updates from the team by following the Bruins on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BaseballKellogg.

Thursday, March 22, Game 1: KCC 17, Ancilla 2

KCC baseball defeated Ancilla College 17-2 in the first of a four-game series that began with a doubleheader on Thursday, March 22, in Donaldson, Ind.

On offense for the Bruins, sophomore outfielder Logan Briggs (Traverse City/Traverse City Central High School) hit 3-3 at the plate, including three RBIs. Sophomore outfielder Raphe Gross (Chicago/Simeon Career Academy) hit 3-5, including a triple and three RBIs, while sophomore Alex Walton (Marshall/Marshall High School) hit 2-2, including an RBI.

At the mound, right-handed freshman Blake Bales (Schoolcraft/Schoolcraft High School) got the win in five innings pitched, striking out 10 while allowing four hits and a single run.

Thursday, March 22, Game 2: KCC 14, Ancilla 2

In game two Thursday, KCC baseball defeated Ancilla 14-2.

On offense for the Bruins, Briggs hit 4-5 at the plate, including three doubles and three RBIs. Freshman infielder Anthony Carmola (Granger, Ind./Saint Joseph High School) hit 2-4 at the plate, including three RBIs.

At the mound, right-handed freshman Ethan Eldridge (Battle Creek/Lakeview High School) got the save in three innings pitched, striking out five batters and allowing no runs.

Eric Laskovy, head KCC baseball coach, called the wins a “good start to conference play.”

Friday, March 23, Game 1: KCC 7, Ancilla 1

The Bruins won their first home games of the season Friday, March 23, at Bailey Park in Battle Creek, starting with a 7-1 win over Ancilla in the first game of an afternoon doubleheader.

Carmola led the Bruins on offense, hitting 2-3 including a triple, a double and an RBI. On the mound, right-handed sophomore Zach Smith (East Leroy/Harper Creek High school) got the win in five innings pitched, striking out nine while allowing four hits and no earned runs.

“Zach pitched over some early mistakes and set the tone for a nice home opening sweep,” Coach Laskovy said.

Friday, March 23, Game 2: KCC 24, Ancilla 4

KCC won game two of the team’s first home doubleheader of the season 24-4 over Ancilla.

The Bruins were a force on offense. Freshman outfielder Spencer Nelson (South Bend/John Adams High School) hit 3-3, including a home run and three RBIs; freshman infielder AJ Mitchell (Battle Creek/Harper Creek High School) hit 3-3, including three RBIs; and Gross hit 2-2 with a stolen base.

At the mound for the Bruins, right-handed freshman Mark Scannell (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Central High School) got the win in three innings pitched, striking out five and allowing no runs.

The recent wins bring the Bruins’ overall record for the season so far to 13-4 and their conference record to a perfect 4-0.

The team’s next game begins at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, against Concordia University’s JV team at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

For more information about KCC’s baseball team, including a full schedule, roster and links to official team and player photos available for download by fans and the press, visit www.kellogg.edu/baseball.

Coach Laskovy can be reached at 269-965-3931 ext. 2536 or laskovye@kellogg.edu.