Lansing CC and Kellogg CC split the first 2 matches of the Region XII Championship
LANSING – Everything seemed to be going in Lansing Community College baseball direction on Friday afternoon.
The top-ranked NJCAA Division II team, the Stars won the first game of a best-of-three series against 10th-ranked Kellogg Community College 4-0 to extend their winning streak to 38 absurd matches.
More importantly, it put them a victory away from winning the Region XII championship and qualifying for the 10-team World Series.
But sports are funny sometimes. Nothing is predetermined.
Kellogg rallied in Game 2, winning 4-3 on a single seventh inning walk-off by Caleb Anspaugh to force a third game at 2 p.m. Saturday. And perhaps unexpectedly, 38 game winning streak and all, LCC could be one game away from seeing their incredible season come to an end.
“It’s always difficult to lose on a walk-off,” said LCC coach Jordan Keur. “Our guys fought and that’s what our guys are going to keep doing. And we have to prepare for tomorrow.”
Kellogg (32-11) is no exception, with the Bruins ranked 10th nationally. So it might not come as a surprise to see KCC bounce back after LCC’s George Ferguson pitched a full two-hitter game in Game 1.
“These guys want to continue this journey,” said KCC coach Eric Laskovy. “They want to survive and move forward, they want to fight for each other. So that was the goal after dropping a tough first, bouncing back and getting us to Saturday. And now we’re looking forward to two very good teams in this game. the region is fighting tomorrow. “
KCC took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2, thanks to Tate Peterson’s two-run homerun. Peterson would later issue an RBI single in the third to extend the Bruins’ lead to 3-0.
But the Stars (47-2) would rally behind receiver Craig Palidar. His baseline single in the fourth reduced the deficit to 3-1, then, on top of the sixth, Palidar threw a hard drive over the left-field fence to score two runs and tie the game at 3. -3 before Anspaugh. walk off.
“(Lansing) runs arm after arm and they make it difficult for you,” Laskovy said. “I think in the end the game went as it should and you saw a great battle between a good pitcher and a good hitter, and we were lucky we were able to hit that thing in play. and finish that. “
LCC center-back Blake McRae delivered the key moment in Game 1, a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead to 4-0.
But with KCC’s victory in Game 2, LCC finds itself in a win-or-win situation, regardless of the 38 wins leading up to Friday’s last drink.
And after losing a game that saw several basic errors, Keur said Saturday’s game was all about one run.
“There is no secret to this,” Keur said. “You have to execute both offensively and defensively, and the team that performs the most will have a chance to win tomorrow.”