Written by Mason Ippel, Sports Information Student Assistant
Winter Haven, Fla. - The Alma College baseball team started spring break with its first of eight games at the RussMatt Tournament against Cabrini University (PA) on Sunday (Feb. 23). The Scots got away from the cold of Michigan and traveled to the sunshine state where it was sunny and 75 at the 1:00 first pitch.
- The Cavaliers got on the board first in the top of the inning. Stackhouse reached on a walk and then stole second on a strikeout. Van Belle drove him in on a single up the middle.
- Alma would answer in the bottom of the inning with three runs of their own. Jaret Koin (Sterling, Mich. / Standish-Sterling Central) got the inning started by reaching on an error by the shortstop. Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth) advanced him to second with a single to right-center. Zach Schirmer (Bay City, Mich. / Bay City Western) tried to move the runners over with a sacrifice bunt but an errant throw by the pitcher allowed him to advance to second and score Koin. During the next at bat, a wild pitch scored Carravallah and advanced Schirmer to third. Huff would then groundout to the shortstop but pushed Schirmer across.
- Dzendzel shut Cabrini down by only allowing a walk.
- Alex Dwan (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) led off with a blooper to right field. Two batters later, Koin singled up the middle to put Dwan in scoring position. However, the Scots would strand two.
- Dzendzel forced 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.
- The Scots would get runners on second and third with two outs but couldn't capitalize.
- The Cavaliers got a runner to second but was unable to push him across. Dzendzel struck out two more batters.
- Koin got the Scots rolling again, this time with a hit by pitch. Carravallah would put a blooper into left-center on the next at bat. Schirmer then hit a sizzler just passed the shortstops glove. Coach Crain would wave around Koin to increase the lead to 4-1. Huff then hit a shot down the left field line that went to the wall and would score Carravallah. Schirmer would try to score but was thrown out at the plate.
- Joe Aurite led off with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Dzendzel hit Shaun Stackhouse who would steal second later in the next at bat. A wild pitch scored Aurite and moved Stackhouse to third. A groundout to second would score Stackhouse later that at bat.
- Alma broke the game open with 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth. Avery Carnicom (Woodhaven, Mich. / Woodhaven), Carter Sanderson (Ilderton, Ont. / Central Secondary School), and Alex Dwan (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) started the inning with singles. Later in the inning, Koin would hit a two-out two-RBI double that would warrant a pitching change for the Cavaliers. Schirmer would keep the hits coming with a shot down the left field line. Huff stepped up and hit a bomb over the 380-foot fence in left center field. Two walks and a hit by pitch loaded the bases again. Joshua Robinson (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) cleared the bases with a three RBI double to left center. Kevin Tuttle (Woodhaven, Mich. / Riverview Gabriel Richard) drove him in on the next at bat. This extended Alma's lead to 15-3.
- Ty Sobczak (Petoskey, Mich. / Petoskey) came in to pitch for Dzendzel. Cabrini got runners on first and second but stalled out.
- Alma went 1-2-3.
- Braden Jascoe came in for Sobczak. The Cavaliers tried to make a comeback but Jascoe held them to one run. They had two hits but left the bases loaded.
- Alma went three up three down.
- Dylan Clark (Tomball, Texas / Tomball Memorial) came in for Jascoe and had a quick inning while only giving up a walk.
- The Scots went 1-2-3 again.
- Clark finished the Cavaliers in the top of the ninth.
- Huff's home run is his third in four games.
- Huff also has 12 RBIs in four games this year.
- Koin extends his hitting streak this year to four.
- Dzendzel had seven strikeouts in five innings pitched. It's the second time he has done that this year.
The Scots will face Capital University (OH) Monday (Feb 24.) in a doubleheader.