Written by Mason Ippel, Sports Information Student Assistant
Alma, Mich. - The Alma College baseball team swept Wilmington College (OH) in a three-game series Saturday (Mar. 7) and Sunday (Mar. 8). The Scots move to 8-6 on the year while the Quakers drop to 0-8.
In game one, Dylan Dzendzel (Royal Oak, Mich. / Royal Oak) continued his dominance on the mound with nine strikeouts in seven innings on his way to another win making him 4-0 on the year. Max Trucks (Mt. Pleasant, Mich. / Mt. Pleasant) and Alex Dwan (Saginaw, Mich. / Nouvel Catholic Central) both had three RBIs.
Game two got delayed on Saturday and continued on Sunday due to darkness. A big seventh inning led the comeback for the Scots and Alma would score three runs in the top of the 10th to seal the win. Macguire Hawley (Brooklyn, Mich. / Tecumseh) came in to pitch in the bottom of the ninth and finished the game in the 10th to get the first win of his career.
Game three would feature Aaron Saenz (Sebewaing, Mich. / Unionville-Sebewaing Area) on the mound for the Scots. Jaret Koin (Sterling, Mich. / Standish-Sterling Central) went 4-for-4 and Kevin Tuttle (Woodhaven, Mich. / Riverview Gabriel Richard) 3-for-4 as Alma would dominate on its way to a 17-7 win in which they mercied Wilmington in seven innings.
- Zach Schirmer (Bay City, Mich. / Bay City Western) doubled down the left field line. Two batters later, Logan Huff (Johannesburg, Mich. / Johannesburg-Lewiston) would drive him in to put the Scots on the board first.
- Dzendzel struck out two batters as the Quakers went 1-2-3.
- Joshua Robinson (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) led off with a double to deep left center. Dwan would score him on the next at bat with a single.
- Dzendzel gave up his first hit but struck out two more batters.
- Trucks led the inning off with a single. Robinson hit a sacrifice fly to score Trucks. Pete Carravallah (Canton, Mich. / Plymouth) stole third before Dwan would score him on a single to put Alma up 4-0.
- Dzendzel holds the Quakers hitless again.
- Huff doubled down the left field line to put runners on second and third. Trucks would push them both across. After stealing second, Carravallah would score Trucks on a single back up the middle. Alma extended its lead to 6-0.
- Another no hit inning for Dzendzel.
- Dzendzel struck out two more batters.
- Ian Hart (Brighton, Mich. / Detroit Catholic Central) and Carravallah both stole a base.
- Huff turned a double play on a line drive to end the inning.
- With runners on the corners, Trucks laid down a perfect bunt for a RBI single. Later in the inning, Hart stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and capitalized with a single. Dwan would come up next and got an RBI walk.
- Ty Sobczak (Petoskey, Mich. / Petoskey) came in to relieve Dzendzel.
- Clay Crouterfield (Standish, Mich. / Standish-Sterling) would finish the game on the mound for the Scots.
- Schirmer singled, Avery Carnicom (Woodhaven, Mich. / Woodhaven) got hit by a pitch, and Huff walked to load the bases. Trucks would hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Schirmer.
- Dylan Clark (Tomball, Texas / Tomball Memorial) struck out back-to-back batters.
- Tuttle walked and Padyn Kesselring (Mountain View, Calif. / Mountain View) singled but the Scots were unable to score.
- Clark rung up another batter.
- After back-to-back walks to load the bases, the Quakers made a pitching change. Kesselring would score on a passed ball.
- Tuttle would drive in the only run of the inning on a single to left field. Alma had bases loaded later in the inning but was forced out at home.
- Sobczak took over as he struck out three batters.
- Three straight singles by Carravallah, Tuttle, and Carter Sanderson (Ilderton, Ont. / Central Secondary School) loaded the bases for Robinson. He would reach on an error that would score two. Later in the inning, Schirmer hit a two RBI single that scored Sanderson and Robinson. Carravallah would single later and score two more runs to give Alma a 9-6 lead.
- Jayden Drake (Frisco, Texas / Centennial) came in to pitch for the Scots.
- In a tie game with runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Hawley came in to pitch. He would force the batter to groundout to third to send the game to extra innings.
- Robinson would get the Scots fired up with a triple to right field. Koin would be up next and would double down the left field line. Schirmer kept the momentum going with another triple in the inning. Carnicom would hit a sacrifice fly to score Schirmer and give Alma a three run lead.
- Hawley forced the Quakers into a 1-2-3 inning to finish the game.
- Saenz started out strong with three up three down to start the game.
- Dwan and Koin started the inning with back-to-back singles. Schirmer would hit a two RBI double down the left field line. Carnicom would tack on another run with a single through the left side.
- Quakers get two on but remain hitless.
- Carravallah walked and Tuttle singled and stole second to start the inning. Carravallah would score on a balk. Koin hit a two out RBI double down the left field line.
- Carravallah had a two RBI single up the middle. Dwan hit a sacrifice fly to score Carravallah.
- Sobczak came in to pitch for Saenz.
- The Scots broke the game open with seven runs.
- Schirmer would score Koin on a triple down the right field line. Carnicom would drive him in on a single up the middle. Later in the inning, Robinson would walk with the bases loaded. Dwan would step up next and hit a two RBI single. Koin would get his second at bat of the inning and hit another double to score two more. Alma scored seven runs on four hits.
- Brendan McManus (Holland, Mich. / Holland) came in for Sobczak.
- Tuttle would extend the lead some more with a two RBI double.
- Trevor Wregglesworth (Onaway, Mich / Onaway) came in to finish the game on the mound for Alma.
- Carravallah stole two bases in game one.
- Game two was delayed in the bottom of the seventh inning.
- Koin hit three doubles in game three.
- Schirmer had two triples in the series.
- Dwan and Schirmer had six RBIs in the series, Carravallah had five
- Alma pitchers struck out nine more batters than Wilminton.
The Alma College baseball team will travel to Millikin University (IL) Saturday (Mar. 14) and Sunday (Mar. 15) for games against Millikin University, Luther College, and Aurora University (IL), respectively. Alma will host its first home game on Saturday (Mar. 28) when they face Trine University (IN) for its first conference matchup.