Varsity baseball splits with West Ottawa

Varsity baseball splits with West Ottawa

Varsity baseball went on the road last night for a double header against West Ottawa. Coming off of two one-run losses earlier in the week, FHC faced the same fate in game one to lose 4-3. The Rangers then got a spark at the break to turn it around and take game two 11-1.

Junior Cole Coughlin took the mound for 5 innings last night, racking up 5 strikeouts and allowing zero runs. Senior Johnny Irish’s sac fly in the first scored a run, along with hits from seniors Miko Rodriguez and Jake Heilman to score a run in the 2nd and 5th innings. Miko, Jake, and senior Ryan Gast all had multiple hits.

A pitching change form FHC in the 6th allowed West Ottawa to make a late comeback in the bottom of the six, scoring 4 runs. The Rangers couldn’t respond in the top of the 7th, leading to the close loss.

Game two showed FHC’s usual offense, racking up 17 hits with players throughout the lineup earning multiple hits. Miko led the charge with 4 hits, 3 doubles, 2 RBIs, and 4 runs scored. Senior Nate Doolittle drove in the first run of the night with a single, sparking the offense to score 3 runs in the 1st, 5th, and 6th innings, along with 2 more in the 7th.

Johnny took the mound to pitch 6 innings, allowing only 4 hits and striking out 6. Although the Rangers committed 2 errors, the explosive offensive made up for it.

The Rangers are now 6-4 (5-3) heading into the conference series against Cedar Springs next week. FHC will go on the road for the double header on Monday and then host the third game on Wednesday.