LAKEVIEW — Lakeview’s baseball team finally got outside to play a game Monday. They wish the rain would have come sooner than it did.
The Wildcats were beat by Belding 4-0 in a six-inning game, getting no-hit by Redskin pitcher Tyler Strevel.
It also was the first game outdoors for Belding.
“It was great just to get outside,” Belding coach Michael Ostrander said. “If we hadn’t played today, we would have probably been back in the gym. Our guys were really anxious to get that first game under our belts.”
Despite not getting a hit, Lakeview coach Ryan Vellanti found something to like.
“For our first day outside, actually I was quite pleased with our defense,” he said. “We swung at a lot of high pitches today. We have to have a better strike zone awareness. That’s hard to do inside in a cage.”
The Redskins got two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth inning to get the win.
“Offensively, we hit the ball pretty well, although we would like to see a few more drop in for hits,” Ostrander said. “Tyler Daller had a couple of hits and Brian Daller had a big hit in the fifth inning that allowed us to stretch out lead.”
Tyler Daller singled twice as part of six Redskin hits.
Meanwhile, Strevel shut down the Wildcats.
“Strevel was tremendous tonight,” Ostrander said. “His fastball was sharp and he really attacked the strike zone. He was particularly strong against the middle of their lineup, forcing their 3, 4 and 5 hitters into an 0-for-8 day with eight strikeouts.”
“He (Strevel) threw it by us quite a bit,” he said. “When he went offspeed he threw some decent curve balls. He kept us off balance at times. Then we were helping.”
Calvin Brackett was the losing pitcher for Lakeview, as he allowed five his in 4 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking four.
Strevel finished with 11 strikeouts and four walks.
“We’re trying to take a better two-strike approach, trying to get the ball in play,” Vellanti said. “We struggled getting the ball in play. We really struggled at the plate as a team.”
Both teams have league doubleheaders today. Lakeview goes to Holton while Belding will try to christen their new ball field with a doubleheader against Grand Rapids Creston.