Padyn Kesselring ‘19: Last Thursday, the varsity baseball team swept their league series against the L’Anse Creuse North Crusaders.

Playing the first game of three on Monday, the Bulldogs mercied the Crusaders 10-0 in 6 innings at home. Toeing the rubber, Christian Smith ‘18, dominated the game for the Bulldog’s going the distance and striking out eight along the way.

“I thought I pitched very well,” Smith said. “But there is always room for improvement.”

Scoring early, the Bulldogs found Smith run support and never looked back. Gavin Ganfield ‘17 led the charge with a solo shot in the fifth inning. Others contributing to the win, included Alex Randall ‘18  with 3 RBIs, Matt Staelgraeve ‘18 with two hits, two runs and an RBI and Jacob Petri ‘17 with a double and an RBI.

“Winning game one is everything,” Randall said. “It’s a battle, ace vs. ace, mono-y-mono. It sets the tone for the series and can determine the outcomes of the remaining games. Being 1-0 vs. 0-1 is a night and day difference.”

On Wednesday, the Bulldogs traveled to L’Anse Creuse North and dominated the Crusaders once again by a score of 14-2.

The offense powered the team to victory, finding two-run home runs from Steelgrave and Zach Palmer ‘17. Petri also blasted a three-run bomb late in the game and Eddie Dopkowski ‘17 contributed two hits and scored twice for the Bulldogs.

“It’s a great feeling to find your stride offensively,” Staelgraeve said. “As soon as you start making solid contact consistently your confidence boosts greatly at the plate and you feel like you can hit anything.”

Kaden Stively ‘19, contained the Crusaders all day en route to his first varsity victory.

“It was good to finally win,” Stively said.  “It was fun, we all played great and hopefully we can continue to play as well as we have been. It’s exciting to be on this team.”

The sweep came on Thursday when the Crusaders returned to Romeo, losing by a score of 13-7. The explosion of offense was lead by Jack Durham ‘18 who clobbered a grand-slam and racked up 7 RBIs. Petri and Staelgraeve also homered in the game on the way to a solid victory for the Bulldogs.

“It felt awesome to really contribute to the team,” Durham said.  “I’m looking forward to keep contributing, I believe that with the way our offense is right now, there isn’t a team out there that can stop us.”

Brendan Carnell ‘17 was credited with the win and Staelgraeve closed out the game.

“Getting the win was amazing,” Carnell said. “It put us one step closer to our goal as a team, to win the league. We still have plenty of work to do but sweeping a good team in league games is definitely a step in the right direction.

The three wins moved the Bulldogs to 4-2 in the MAC White and tied for first place. Looking forward, the Bulldogs have a road series next week against Grosse Pointe North

“They’re a very good team, that’s why we’re tied at the top of the division,” Petri said.  “They are very talented and I believe whoever wins this series will win the league, but we are going to have to get to their bullpen early, they have an amazing rotation.”


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