Pitching-hitting combo keeps Redskins hot

Butch Hindenach • pawtwice@bloomingdalecom.net
	Paw Paw senior Caleb Schmitt scores the run that gives the Redskins a 3-0 lead in Game One of a doubleheader against Plainwell. The Trojans put up two runs in the final inning, but Schmitt’s run earlier held as the game winner. Hot Shotz Photography/Matthew Day

   ST. JOSEPH - With all the weather postponements this spring sports season, Paw Paw’s baseball coach Derek Vandenburg decided to use a non-conference game to keep his pitching staff rested last Thursday, utilizing six pitchers in a seven inning game against St. Joseph. The result was a 6-0 defeat by the Bears, handing the Redskins only their second loss in 19 games, but keeping their hurlers fresh for key conference games still to come.
   A five-run third frame that included three unearned St. Joe runs decided the game early, while the Redskins managed just a single by Caleb Schmitt and a double by Kurtis Carr for the day.


   At Allegan last Tuesday, a doubleheader sweep of the Tigers stretched the Paw Paw baseball team’s record to 17-1 for the season. Using a familiar recipe for success - strong pitching and timely hitting - the Reds took the opener, 5-0, behind the brilliance of hurler Jack Westerhoff, who threw a complete game allowing only one hit and no runs, while fanning nine batters. 
   The Paw Paw offense was led by Devon Surdy and Tyler Wressel with a pair of hits each. Kurtis Carr, Tony Bianchetti, and Westerhoff each hitting safely. Carr, Jason Rocz, and Surdy also recorded a stolen base apiece.
   In the nightcap, the Red-skins jumped out to a 6-0 lead only to see the Tigers rally for five in the fifth inning.  A four-run seventh put the game out of Three Rivers’ reach at 10-5.
   Starter Caleb Schmitt pitched six innings for the win with nine strikeouts; Callahan finished the game in relief.   
   Surdy, Callahan, and Michael Hiestand each hit safely twice, with Landen Harris, Schmitt, and Wressel each reaching base via a base hit.  Surdy cashed in three runners, and Caleb Bowen added to runners chased over home plate. 


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