Skippers slug opponents! Win 6 of last 7

Michael Scott

Staff Writer

Someone call the Port Huron Fire Department!

The SC4 men’s baseball team (7-13) has been on a roll as of late. The Skippers bats have caught fire and there is no telling if, or when, the inferno will go out.

Victorious in six of their last seven contests, these sultans of swat have managed to defeat opponents by a combined score of 82-22.

Their most recent victory came Tuesday, March 20, in a 28-4 thumping of Rochester College.

Head Coach Mike Greene was extremely proud of the victory, “Hitting seems to get contagious. Everything we hit last night was finding a hole.”

The Skippers offense exploded for 22 hits.

Leading the way at the plate was Kyle Holtman. The freshman catcher belted four hits and six RBI’s, including a two-run homerun. However, he was not the only player that brought his whooping stick with him. Corner infielders, Luke Jones and Donavon Rigel, also combined for five hits and eight RBI’s.

Mickal Helton (3-2) picked up the win, striking out five batters and allowing just four hits over four innings of work. Tim O’Callaghan came in to pitch an inning of relief, managing two strikeouts.

“The pitching has been really good. We don’t have a lot of relief right now, but we are going to scrimmage more and give some guys a chance to step up,” said Greene.

The pitchers have since improved the staff’s strikeout-to-walk ratio to 2.3 to 1.

The defense has also shored up, in part due to the transition of Luke Jones to shortstop. Since his move to the middle of the diamond, the team’s errors have dropped to one per game from four.

Centerfielder Charles Melvin and Holtman are the offensive standouts for the surging Skippers.

Melvin has set the table walking 18 times. The offensive catalyst is hitting .351 with an OBP of .507. Furthermore, he currently sits at seventh place in the NJCAA with 19 stolen bases. Holtman (.406/.442) is no slouch at the dish either. He currently leads the young squad with two homeruns and 18 RBI’s.

Rigel, a second-year first baseman said, “The team is starting to mesh together really well. We have been playing with a purpose and executing the little things. All of our hitters have been stringing hits together, and our pitching is dominant. It feels great to finally come together as a family and play baseball the way it should be played.”

Second baseman Tyler Castro has also infused himself into this high-octane offense. Since joining the starting lineup in early March, he is 14/33, with an average of .424 and OPB of .547.

“We are getting on base and knocking ‘em in,” says Greene, “We went back to situational hitting. You get a guy on and move him over. Then we’re hitting line drives.”

The skipper’s non- conference schedule is coming to a close, and they are set to begin league play on Saturday, against Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

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