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Fernando Rivera-Calderon powers GRCC baseball to doubleheader sweep over Kalamazoo Valley

May 1, 2021, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Fernando Rivera-Calderon powered Grand Rapids Community College’s baseball team to a doubleheader win over Kalamazoo Community College on Saturday.

Rivera-Calderon broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly, bringing home Aaron West and giving the Raiders a 5-4 walk-off win.

GRCC was down 4-2, but tied the score in the bottom of the sixth inning. Rivera-Calderon drove in Sam Schmitt with a single, then Ryan Dykstra scored on a error.  

West started the eighth with a single and moved to third on a Ryan Dykstra, setting the table for Rivera-Calderon to hit a fly ball to left deep enough to bring home the winning run.

Bradley Dunn earned the win for GRCC. The lefthander allowed two hits and no runs over three innings, striking out three and walking one.

Collin Bradley started the game on the mound, pitching five innings, allowing four runs on four hits, striking out six and walking zero

West was three for four at the plate, and smacked a homer in the third inning and driving home two runs.

Rivera-Calderon’s slugging led the team to a 12-2 victory in the second game, driving in four on three hits. He drove in runs on a double in the first, a single in the second, and a single in the fifth.

West and Schmitt also drive in two runs. The Raiders scored six in the fifth inning to put the game out of reach, with Schmitt, West, Dykstra, and Rivera-Calderon all driving in runs.

Garrett Cheslek earned the complete game win, surrendered two runs on two hits over five innings, striking out four.

The Raiders are now 24-11 and close out the season with doubleheaders against Ancilla College, on the road on Friday and at home on Saturday.

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