Saugatuck sophomore Blake Dunn has connected for five home runs this season, leading his team to a 4-0 mark in the SAC North.

Indians take two from Fennville, improve to 4-0 in division

Jason Wesseldyk

The pitching of Carsie Walker and Blake Dunn carried the Saugatuck baseball team to a SAC North sweep of Fennville on Monday, April 27.
The Indians won the opener 7-3 before taking the nightcap 14-0.
Walker picked up the win in the opener, striking out nine and allowing four hits in the complete-game effort. Game two saw Dunn limit Fennville to two hits and post 10 strikeouts in a five-inning, mercy-rule-shortened contest.
The Indians trailed 3-1 through four innings in the opener before plating three runs in the top of the fifth and three more an inning later.
Dunn was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and two RBI and Kruithoff was 3-for-4 with a double and a run.
Tyus Grigg was 2-for-2 for Fennville, while Aaron Scovill started and suffered the loss.
In the nightcap, Saugatuck scored four times in the first inning before erupting for 10 runs in the third.
Nick Putzke, Sean O’Mal-ley, Walker and Noah Eveland each had two hits for the Indians, while Scovill and Ben DeNeff had the Fennville hits.
Two days earlier, Dunn and Putzke provided quite the one-two punch for the Saugatuck baseball team in the second game of its doubleheader with North Muske-gon on Saturday, April 25.
Dunn singled three times and drove in two runs, while Putzke singled four times and had a pair of RBI in leading the Indians to the 11-5 win.
“I love the approach of these two and that is to hit the ball hard somewhere,” Saug-atuck coach David Gawlak said of Dunn and Putzke. “Both have the ability to recognize their pitch and drive it.
“Blake generates a little more lift on the ball and generates more homeruns, while Nick is more of a line-drive hitter. You would think with that kind of mentality at the plate they would strike out a lot, but not so. We count on these two to drive in runs. They’ve done a terrific job.”
While Dunn and Putzke took care of the offense for the Indians, Alec Behrman handled the pitching duties.
Scattering six hits over seven innings, Behrman picked up the complete-game win to improve to 3-0.   
“I was very impressed with Alec,” Gawlak said. “I thought he was the player of the game. For a sophomore, he doesn’t get rattled by the score or base runners. He just goes about his business, throws strikes and keeps us in games.”
Dominic Tedaldi and Walker also had hits in the win.
The win enabled the Indians to salvage the split of the twinbill as they dropped the opener 9-3.

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