KCC baseball completes sweep of Lake Michigan College, lifts winning streak to five in a row

KCC baseball players celebrate after scoring a run.

The Kellogg Community College baseball team is on a five-game winning streak after completing a four-game sweep of Lake Michigan College with a doubleheader road win Saturday in Stevensville.

The Bruins took game one 3-2 and game two 13-2 in the weekend contest. Full results from each game follow.

Game 1: KCC 3, LMC 2

Leading KCC from the mound was freshman Al Thorington (Pinckney/Pinckney High School), who struck out six over seven innings pitched with two earned runs and five hits. Sophomore Connor Brawley (Dowagiac/Lakeshore High School) pitched one inning for the win, striking out two and allowing one hit.

At the plate for the Bruins, sophomore infielder Connor Hnilo (Caledonia/Caledonia High School) went 3-5, while freshman infielder Hilario DeLaPaz (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Central High School) went 1-2 including an RBI.

“Al Thorington fought through some adversity early; the GVSU commit didn’t allow a run after the second inning, giving us seven strong,” Head KCC Baseball Coach Eric Laskovy said. “Connor Brawley closed the door in the eighth inning with a strikeout. Hilario DeLapaz delivered the timely hit in the top of the eighth.”

Game 2: KCC 13, LMC 2

Freshman Ashton Potts (Sterling Heights/Stevenson High School) pitched four innings for the win in game two, striking out five with two earned runs and four hits. Freshman Carter Woody (Syracuse, Indiana/Wawasee High School) pitched one inning, allowing zero runs.

At the plate for the Bruins in game two, freshman outfielder Tate Peterson (Grandville/Grandville High School) went 3-4, including two home runs and three RBIs. DeLaPaz went 4-4 with four RBIs; freshman infielder Justin Ratliff (Battle Creek/Lakeview High School) went 2-3 with an RBI; Brawley went 2-4 with a home run and two RBIs; and freshman outfielder Drew Mitchell (Battle Creek/Harper Creek High School) went 1-3 with a home run and two RBIs.

“We rode game one’s momentum into game two, completing the weekend sweep,” Laskovy said.

Up Next

As of this writing the Bruins are tied for first in the team’s Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference with a perfect 4-0 conference record and an overall record of 13-2.

The Bruins play next beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, a single nine-inning contest against Ivy Tech Community College at home at Bailey Park in Battle Creek. All home games are free and open to the public.

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.

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