Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Coopersville High School
Allendale High School
Allendale, MI–Game 1: The Coopersville Broncos baseball team came out Tuesday night looking to begin another win streak in their conference series opener against Allendale and they did so in dramatic fashion with a 9-8 victory. The Broncos began the game by scoring 5 runs on 6 hits in the first inning led by Reese Gilbert’s 2 runs batted in single. The Falcons clawed their way back into the game and took the lead in the fifth inning where they scored 6 runs on 4 hits. After 5 innings of play, the Broncos were down by a score of 8-7. In the top of the seventh inning, Hunter Rasch drew a walk after the Falcons had recorded the first out of the inning. Conor Reynolds then came up and hit a line drive single to left field. With runners on first and second, Nicholas Lundquist drove in the game tying run on a basehit to left center that plated Rasch from second base . Conor Reynolds took third on the attempt to cut down the runner at home. Blake Reynolds then stepped to the plate and lined the second pitch he saw up the middle for a run scoring basehit that gave the Broncos the lead at 9-8. The Falcons were able to record the next two outs. In the bottom half of the inning, the Broncos were able to set the Falcons down in order aided by a Blake Reynolds driving play at third base . Kenny Bates recorded the win coming on in relief in the 5th inning. The Broncos were paced offensively by Conor Reynolds, Nicholas Lundquist, Brendan Serba, Ethan Reynolds, and Resse Gilbert who all collected mutltiple hits. Gilbert also collected 3 RBI’s on the night.
Game 2: Game 2 saw a reversal of roles as the Falcons were the ones that came out on fire scoring 8 runs in their first three innings of work. Heading into the fourth inning with the Broncos down 8-4, three consecutive basehits loaded the bases for Blake Reynolds. On the second pitch of his at bat, Blake took the 0-1 pitch and sent it over the scoreboard at Allendale for a game tying grandslam. Allendale was able to record the next three outs. In the bottom half of the inning, Coopersville retired Allendale in order. With the game tied at 8 heading into the 5th inning, the game was suspended due to darkness. This game will be made up on Thursday at Coopersville before the two teams wrap up their series with game 3. First pitch is 4:15.