Paw Paw sweeps Vicksburg, falls to Edwardsburg

Butch Hindenach •

   VICKSBURG - Paw Paw’s baseball team got back on track Monday, sweeping a pair of games from the Vicksburg, by scores of 12-5 and 7-4. 
   The Redskins took a 9-0 lead in Game One, and the Bulldogs managed to touch  home plate only in the sixth inning when they staged a five-run rally. 
   The Redskins’ 14-hit attack was led by Zack Callahan with three hits and two runs scored. Devon Surdy added a pair of two base hits, Caleb Schmitt a single and double, Tony Bianchetti drove in three runs with two hits of his own, and Jason Rocz added a pair of safe hits.
   Jack Westerhoff claimed another victory on the mound, with relief help from Schmitt,  after five innings of work.
   In the late game, Vicksburg jumped out to a 3-1 lead after two innings, but Paw Paw posted two scores in the third inning and three more in the fifth, featuring doubles by Kurtis Carr and Schmitt good for three runs plated, put the Redskins ahead to stay. 
   Schmitt had three of his team’s eight total hits, with Devon Surdy, Tyler Wressel, Carr, and Westerhoff each hitting safely once, and Zack Callahan adding a home run to the tally.
   Surdy was the winning hurler with five innings of pitching with Callahan picking up a save in the final two frames.


   PAW PAW - A pair of losses to Edwardsburg Friday, 5-3 and 10-5, dropped the Paw Paw baseball team out of the conference lead behind the Eddies. 
   The opener was well played and close throughout  with the Redskins holding a 3-2  lead going into the seventh inning. However, a three-run uprising by the Eddies put the game in the win column for the Blue and Orange. 
   Landen Harris started on the hill for the Reds, and allowed one run in three innings. Caleb Schmitt worked the rest of the way, allowing four runs on six hits to absorb the loss.
   Devon Surdy, Tyler Wressel, and Schmitt led the home team offense with two hits apiece and Wressel drove two runs across the dish.
   The late game was again close with the Redskins holding a 4-3 lead until late in the contest. The Eddies erupted for six runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach. 
   Paw Paw’s bats  produced a total of 10 hits during the match up, including two each for Zack Callahan, Kurtis Carr, and Tony Bianchetti, and singles by Surdy, Jason Rocz, Jack Westerhoff, and Nolan Beck, but were unable to cash in on some scoring opportunities.


   A double header with Plainwell last Tuesday produced a split decision, with the Redskins taking the early game, 3-2, and the Trojans winning the later game, 7-5, in nine innings.
   Jack Westerhoff earned the win with six innings work allowing four hits and no runs in six innings on the mound. Caleb Schmitt surrendered a pair of runs in the seventh, yet earning a save.     
   The Reds assumed a two- run lead in the fourth inning and added what proved to be the game winner two frames later.  Zack Callahan had his bat working with a single and double plus two runs driven in. 
   In the six o’clock contest, the teams took turns claiming the lead. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Landen Harris’ sacrifice fly sent  the game into overtime. A two run seventh finally put the Trojans in the win column for the day.
   Devon Surdy collected two hits and touched home plate twice for Paw Paw, with Caleb Schmitt and Tyler Wressel smacking doubles.    
   Caleb Bowen was the starting pitcher for the Redskins, allowing one run in four innings. Landen Harris also threw four frames and kept the Trojans off the scoreboard until the fatal ninth inning.


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