It was the Raiders that scored the first run of the series in the first inning. The Red Hawks remained calm and scored two runs in the top of the second and again in the top of the third keeping Grand Rapids scoreless in those innings. The game was a back and forth battle throughout the fourth through sixth innings. The game became intense for Lake Michigan in the bottom of the seventh as the Raiders were able to push one more run across the plate but they remained in control and took the 4-2 win.
Nick Henman pitched all seven innings and allowed six hits, two runs, walked four batters, and struck out three batters. Marcus Bradford and Cole Searles both hit doubles with Bradford having an RBI. Chad Adkerson and Kaleb Burke both had singles while Aaron Federman hit a single.
The Red Hawks were the first ones to score in the top of the second inning of the second game. The game then fell silent until the sixth inning when Lake Michigan started to connect and scored six runs winning the second game 7-0.
Dashawn Hureskin dominated the mound pitching all seven innings only allowing four hits and striking out nine batters. Kaleb Burke hit a double while Dalton Riddle had two singles. Cole Searles and Owen Benson both hit singles with two RBI's as Tyler Pursley also had an RBI.
The third game did not fair as well for the men even though they never let up on the Raiders. Lake Michigan began the game strong scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Grand Rapids then scored one in the second followed by two more Red Hawk runs in the bottom of the inning. The Raiders tied the game in the top of the third scoring three more runs but Lake Michigan did not back down scoring one more keeping a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the inning. It was a scoreless fourth and fifth innings until a few miscues occurred for the Red Hawks and Grand Rapids capitalized by scoring three more runs taking the 7-5 lead. Lake Michigan could not find the opportunity to score any more runs and fell 5-7.
Zack Banks took the loss for the men allowing the Raiders to take the lead even though he only allowed two hits with three walks and struck out one batter. Nick Frodl began the game and allowed seven hits, four runs, one walk, but struck out five batters. Dalton Riddle came in to contain the Raiders by only allowing one hit. Danny Mahoney started it off for the men by hitting a sacrifice fly scoring the first Lake Michigan run and he also hit a single. Kaleb Burke blasted a two run homer as Cole Searles had three RBI's by his three singles. Chad Adkerson hit a single with an RBI while Owen Benson also hit a single.
The fourth game went back and forth until the bottom of the fourth inning. Lake Michigan scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Grand Rapids scored a run in the top of the second and third innings but the Red Hawks answered back by scoring two in the bottom of the third nning. The Raiders came back to score three more runs in the top of the fourth but Lake Michigan did not back down as they scored seven runs in the bottom of fourth. Grand Rapids only scored two more runs in the top of the fifth and the Red Hawks took the 11-7 win.
Marcus Bradford fought on the mound and took home the win pitching six full innings and allowed 12 hits and one walk. Tyler Pursley held the lead when he came in for relief in the last inning only allowing one walk. It was a team effort at the plate as Kaleb Burke stepped up again and hit another bomb with three RBI's. Cole Searles also dominated the plate by hitting a home run and a single with three RBI's while Chad Adkerson had a double and three singles with two RBI's. Ryan Remus blasted a double with a RBI as Aaron Federman and Danny Mahoney both had singles.
The men will head to Adrian College for a non-conference game on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 with a 4:00 pm start.