By Harrison LaLone, Sports Information student assistant
Alma, Mich. - The Alma College baseball team got back in the MIAA Tournament race on Monday afternoon (April 23) as the Scots swept the home half of its series with the Hope College Flying Dutchmen, earning a split for the season. The series was originally scheduled for April 14, but was pushed back due to inclement weather.
The Scots (17-15 overall, 10-10 MIAA) posted a 9-2 victory in Game 1 before scoring a 6-5 walk-off victory in the series finale to move into a tie for fourth place in the standings.
Sophomore Max Trucks (Mount Pleasant, Mich./Mount Pleasant) led the afternoon for the Scots, posting nine RBIs and reaching base on six of nine plate appearances, including the walk-off RBI single to seal Game 2.
Game 1 - at Alma 9, Hope 2
- Carson Kempa received his first start on the mound as a Scot. Kempa went four innings, allowed just one earned run, and claimed his second victory.
- After Hope struck first in the top of the third frame, Max Trucks came to the plate and knocked in Pete Carravallah and Jaret Koin with a single to right centerfield, the first two of six RBIs in the contest for Trucks. The Dutchmen would tie the game in the top of the next inning on an error by Vann Acker.
- The Scots dropped five runs on the Dutchmen in the bottom of the fourth. Alex Dwan sent home Matt Minaudo on an infield error followed by a two-RBI double by Caravallah and a two-RBI single by Trucks.
- Eric Frontzak came in to relieve Kempa in the top of the fifth and slammed the door on the Dutchmen, allowing just one hit through the final three innings.
- Trucks returned to the plate in the sixth stanza to score Caravallah and Koin for the third time in the contest, reaching the eventual final of 9-2.
Game 2 - at Alma 6, Hope 5
- Dylan Dzendzel received the nod on the bump for game two. Dzendzel allowed three runs in his five innings, one unearned before relinquishing his post to Ben Blake in the sixth.
- The bats wasted no time in claiming the lead as Dwan, Caravallah, Trucks would all earn a RBI, with Dwan's and Trucks' tallies coming on singles to center field.
- After Hope tied the game in the fourth at 3-3, Koin sent home Ben Finzel for his second run scored in the game, allowing Dzendzel to exit with the lead in the sixth.
- Trucks earned his second RBI in the game, and eighth on the day, on a single up the middle in the seventh to score Carravallah for the fourth time in the afternoon.
- Ben Blake's run in Game 2 was cut short in the eighth by the Dutchmen, leaving two men on for Adam Martinson. After two walks, Martinson was pulled for Jordan Masters, who halted the Hope charge with the bases loaded and only one out. Hope managed two runs in the inning to tie the game at 5-5.
- Max Trucks would cap-off a career day at Klenk Park in the bottom of the ninth. Koin led the inning off and reached base on a throwing error that would leave him on second, then moved to third as Carravallah reached on a fielder's choice. Trucks dropped a blooper into shallow left field, allowing Koin to cross the plate safely, finishing the afternoon sweep of the Dutchmen.
The Scots will return to Klenk Park on Saturday, April 28, to open a four-game series with Kalamazoo College. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. It will also be Alumni Day at Klenk Park, with former Alma College baseball players being recognized in between games.