Belding baseball takes two from CC-Crystal

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 5:50 pm on Sunday, May 20, 2012

Belding’s Rob VanDyke throws a pitch during the first inning of the Redskins’ game against Carson City-Crystal Friday.

CARSON CITY — Belding’s baseball team needed  a couple of wins after being swept by Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern this week.

They got those two wins, beating Carson City-Crystal 8-1 and 11-6 Friday.

“We didn’t come to play today,” CC-Crystal coach Travis Wilcox said. “We played a doubleheader yesterday. I’m not sure where their minds were at.”

Belding (12-16-1) got a run in the first inning, two more in the second and another in the third in the opener to give starting pitcher Ron VanDyke to a 4-0 lead after three innings.

“One of our goals was we want to win innings, and we won the first three,” Belding coach Mike Ostrander said. “We were up and we tried to protect the lead.”

The Eagles (12-17) finally got a run in the fourth on a walk to Lucas Ratu and a throwing error.

But the Redskins took advantage of Ratu taking over for Nathan LaVictor on the mound and tagged him for three runs in the sixth inning.

Meanwhile, VanDyke continued mowing down the Eagles, ending up with a complete-game four-hitter, walking three and striking out eight.

“Ron’s really been pitching well the last few weeks,” Ostrander said. “Just good control on the mound and limited them (CC-Crystal).”

LaVictor took the loss, as he allowed eight hits and two walks in five innings, striking out two.

Belding knocked out 13 hits, led by Seth Nelson, Todd Haller, Dylan Hunt, Kole Hart and Cody Douglas with two each.

Four different Eagles had one hit each.

“They’re a group of kids that are well coached,” Wilcox said. “When you give them opportunities they will take advantage of it.”

CC-Crystal got out to a 3-1 lead in the second game.

“We were feeling good about ourselves,” Wilcox said. “They (Belding) came out in the bottom of the fourth, we walked a couple, hit a guy and before you know it they were up on us and once they got the lead on us we kind of shut down.”

“Our focus was let’s try to win a couple innings,” Ostrander said. “We found a way to do that. We took control from there.”

Tyler Strevel got the win for the Redskins, allowing just three hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings, striking out six.

Hunter Clark was hit with the loss, allowing four hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings, fanning four.

Nine different Belding players had one hit each in the second game. Ratu was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Eagles.

“We never really got that big hit all day,” Wilcox said.

Ostrander was glad to get the two wins.

“It was important to bounce back and get a couple of wins,” he said. “We still have six regular season games. Our goal is to get all of them. This is a step in the right direction.”

Belding will travel to Lakeview while CC-Crystal hosts Central Montcalm Monday.

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