Paw Paw continues its winning ways

By: 
Butch Hindenach • pawtwice@bloomingdalecom.net

   GOBLES - The Redskin  baseball team traveled north Saturday and came home with a pair of wins and the trophy from the Gobles Invitational tourney. 
   The Reds now stand at an impressive 15-1 on the season, and actually stepped in to the history book with their quick start to the season.  The 15-1 mark at this juncture of the season matches the record of the 1904-05 team, and surpassed the 14-2 record of the 1900-01 team.   
   The only other season that comes close is the 1903-04 squad which ended 14-0. The 00-01 and 04-05 teams each brought home a state title, and the three early 20th Century teams had a total of three future major league players on the rosters.
   In the early match-up Saturday against the host Tigers, Caleb Schmitt opened on the mound for Paw Paw and took the win with some quality relief help from Landen Harris, who earned a save. 
   A nine-hit Redskin attack was led by Devon Surdy with three hits and two runs scored. Tyler Wressel added two hits and Kurtis Carr drove a pair of runs home.
   In the title game, the Red and White jumped over Parchment pitching early, and led 9-0 after four, on the way to a 10-0 victory. 
   Surdy was masterful on the mound with six shutout innings to record the victory, and Zack Callahan finished up the combined shutout.  Schmitt had a big day with the bat, going 4-4 plus four runs scored, with help from Surdy with three singles.

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   At Three Rivers on Friday the Redskins defeated the Wildcats, 13-3 and 3-1, to help hold onto, and possibly enhance, their spot in the state Division 2 rankings.  
   The opener was a well- played contest by both sides, and stood deadlocked until Tyler Wressel came up with a clutch two RBI double in the top of the seventh frame to settle the matter in Paw Paw’s favor. Jack Westerhoff retired the Wildcats in the bottom of the seventh to claim the win with a five-hit, five-strikeout day on the hill. 
   Zack Callahan had a pair of Redskin hits, including his first career home run, driving two runs over the plate. The Reds played flawlessly on the grass, led by some key plays by Tony Bianchetti.
   In the late game, the ’Skins struck early to take a 7-0 lead after two innings. Callahan, Nolan Beck and Caleb Schmitt chased runners over the dish. 
   Caleb Bowen claimed the pitching win with five strong innings; Michael Hiestand finished the pitching duties. Schmitt had a trio of hits with Devon Surdy, Wressel, and Westerhoff each chipping with a pair of safe hits. 

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