In a non-conference double-header, NorthPointe’s head coach, Rob Goebel decided to give his two freshmen their starting pitching debuts. Both freshmen pitchers got their first wins, each pitching 1-hitters.
In game 1, Beau Redfield pitched 3 1/3 innings racking up 7 Ks and giving up only one hit in his first varsity start for the Mustangs. Ben Talon relieved Redfield in the 4th to get a save. The Mustang bats broke open in the bottom of the 4th with 4 runs and then closed game in the 5th with 5 more runs for the 11-1 win.
Ben Talen led the team in hits with 4 singles and Kirk Kouchnerkavich and Ben Hill both drove in 3 runs each. “Kouch’s” big hit came in the 4th with a 3-run inside the park home run. Hill tripled in the 5th driving in 2 with his big shot right.
In game two, the Mustang bats took control early pounding 10 runs in the 1st and 6 in the 2nd. Freshman Jake Melton only needed to pitch three innings to get his first varsity win. Melton showed poise and confidence as he fanned 5 and only gave up one hit; a soft liner to left in the second.
Leadoff hitter Ben Hill stayed hot in the second game going 2-3 with a triple and RBI. Matt Rozelle circle twice with 2 triples and 2 RBIs. Kouchnerkavich drove in 3 more RBIs as well.
The NorthPointe Mustangs jump to 11-3 with the doubleheader sweep. They go back to work this week in the River Valley conference with home games against Covenant Christian and West Michigan Christian.