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GRCC baseball team sweeps Kalamazoo Valley to push win streak to 10 games

May 2, 2022, GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Ryan Dykstra's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh wrapped up a perfect series for the Grand Rapids Community College baseball team against Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Monday.

Earlier in the day, the men's golf team earned a four-stroke victory at the Ancilla College Invitational earning it a share of the Michigan Community College Western Conference championship, and the team’s 13th consecutive title.

The baseball team dominated the first game, winning 11-2 while picking up three hits each from Dykstra and Caleb Engelsman. Xander Reisbig collected a game-high three RBI while going two-for-two from the plate.

Engelsman also picked up the victory after throwing a complete game with nine strikeouts and just one walk.

In the nightcap, the visitors of KVCC went ahead 3-0, with a run in the third inning and two more in the sixth. GRCC rallied to make it a 3-2 ballgame after RBIs from Dylan Chargo and Zacarias Salinas in the bottom of the sixth.

Relief pitcher Eliot Traver struck out all three batters he faced in the top of the seventh inning. GRCC started to rally with a leadoff walk by Max Varon. Camden Keatley sacrificed Brady Owen over to second base and one batter later, Jacob Gumieny lined a single through the middle to tie the game. Dykstra singled home the game winning run two batters later.

GRCC improved to 24-20-1, 16-8 in the conference, and are riding a 10-game winning streak. The team also is holding on to third place in the conference with four MCCAA-West games remaining.

The golf team won its 13th straight conference championship after posting a team score of 306 at the Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind.

Muskegon Community College finished in second place and tied GRCC for the conference title with both teams shooting a 1,538 in the five conference events.

Conner Oman was named medalist after posting a career-best 72.  Arie Jackman was second, shooting a 73.

Matt Denhartigh finished as the conference medalist with a five-round score of 372, six strokes better than the runner-up from Muskegon.

The golf team will be back in action on May 9 and 10 at the MCCAA/Region XII Championships played at the St. Clair Golf Club in St. Clair, Mich.

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