April 27, 2021, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Aaron West put on an offensive show against a nationally ranked team, leading the Grand Rapids Community College baseball team to an 18-3 rout of Kellogg Community College in the fist game of a doubleheader on Tuesday.
The Raiders settled for a split on the day, with the Bruins, ranked No. 15 in the nation, winning the second game at home in Battle Creek.
West, a freshman infielder from Grand Ledge, had four hits in the first game, with a singled in the first, a homer in the second, a single in the third, and a double in the fifth – and drove in four runs.
GRCC notched seven runs in the fourth inning, driven by singles by Ryan Dykstra and Caleb Englesman, an error on a ball put in play by Keaton Peck and Sam Schmitt, and a fielder's choice by West.
Collin Bradley got the win for the Raiders, pitching four innings, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out three. Blake Waibel threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Grand Rapids Community College saw the ball well today, racking up 14 hits in the game. Englesman had three hits and drove in four runs, Dykstra had three hits and three RBI.
The Raiders fell behind early in the second game and couldn't come back in an 8-5 loss in the nightcap.
Matt DeFay was the winning pitcher for Kellogg CC. The bulldog went six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out seven. Ryan Vought threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Garrett Cheslek took the loss for GRCC, allowing five hits and six runs in two and two-thirds innings.
West provide offense again, going two-for-four at the plate and driving in two runs.
The Raiders are now 20-11 on the season, and back in action on Friday against Kalamazoo Valley Community College.