KCC baseball falls to rival KVCC in tough weekend contest

A KCC pitcher pitches to a batter.

The Kellogg Community College baseball team suffered a tough doubleheader loss to rival Kalamazoo Valley Community College on the road Saturday, falling 6-2 in game one and 9-8 in an 11-inning game two.

The losses follow a 14-2 win over Ivy Tech Community College on Tuesday, March 30, that lifted the Bruins to a six-game winning streak going into the weekend. Details about this weekend’s doubleheader follow.

Game 1: KVCC 6, KCC 2

Freshman pitcher Jayden Dentler (Allegan/Otsego High School) led the Bruins from the mound in game one, allowing six hits and three earned runs over 5.2 innings pitched.

Freshman outfielder Tate Peterson (Grandville/Grandville High School) went 2-4 at the plate, including a home run.

“Jayden gave us a solid start and a chance to win,” Head KCC Baseball Coach Eric Laskovy said. “We struggled to string together quality at-bats offensively and made some timely defensive miscues that were the difference.”

Game 2: KVCC 9, KCC 8

Freshman pitcher Zach Marshall (Rockford/Rockford High School) pitched four innings for the Bruins in game two, allowing five hits and one earned run.

At the plate in game two, Peterson went 3-5 including a home run and an RBI. Freshman outfielder Kyle VanLiere (Mattawan/Mattawan High School)  went 2-6 including a home run, and freshman utility player Ryan Reincke (Battle Creek/St. Philip Catholic Central High School) went 1-1.

“Back and forth game with good effort on both sides,” Laskovy said. “We had opportunities to finish and couldn’t get it done.”

Up Next

The weekend’s contest leaves the Bruins with a 4-2 conference record and an overall record of 14-4.

The team plays next beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, against conference opponent Glen Oaks 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.