Varsity baseball struggles at EGR Round Robin


The varsity baseball team took on two potent offenses in East Grand Rapids and Traverse City West on Saturday, ultimately dropping both games in the EGR Round Robin Tournament.

Against the Pioneers, the game started out knotted at 1 after the first three innings thanks to a sac fly from senior Ethan Vredenberg in the top of the second. EGR then had a breakout third inning to score 7 runs and ultimately seal the win. The Pioneers were able to outhit the Rangers 10-5, while FHC committed 2 errors in the field. The boys ultimately fell to EGR 9-3.

The Rangers were able to score 1 run in both the fifth and the sixth, but EGR had enough of a lead to take the win. Seniors Adam Tellier and Cole Coughlin led the team at the plate, each going 1-2 with a walk and an RBI. Ethan and Cole scored 2 of the team’s runs, while senior Kyle Wojczynski went 1-3 with a double and scored the Rangers’ third run of the game.

Senior Jacob Hornbeck started on the mound for FHC, giving up 3 hits, 4 walks, and 6 runs while striking out 1. Sophomore Brady Price then came in as a reliever, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits.

In game two of the day, the Rangers again found themselves tied up after the first inning, as FHC and Traverse City West each pushed 2 runs across the plate in the first. From there, the Titans put up 2 more in the second and 4 in the fifth to extend their lead. TCW outhit FHC 10-5, allowing the Titans to take the game 8-3.

Kyle was able to tie the game up in the bottom of the first, as he brought 2 runs in on a grounder. Cole, Kyle, Adam, senior Luke Herzog, and senior Dylan Tucker each managed 1 hit against TCW.

Senior Connor Palmitier got the start on the mound for FHC. He allowed 8 runs on 8 hits with 1 strikeout. Junior Grant Coughlin came in for relief in the fifth, and he allowed 2 hits and 1 walk.

These two losses put the baseball team’s record at 3-5 (3-1) on the year. FHC will look to go over .500 this week, as the boys take on Cedar Springs for a conference series. The Rangers will host the doubleheader on Monday then go on the road for the single game on Wednesday.