Tigers, Vikings settle for split of baseball twinbill

Leo Martonosi

A baseball doubleheader between Hopkins and Allegan on Monday, May 18, started with many fans wearing T-shirts but ended with some of those same folks covering up with blankets.
But even as the temperatures were cooling off, the bats from both teams were getting heated up as the teams combined for 33 runs in the second game as the Tigers prevailed 20-13.
That was a far cry from game one, which the host Vikings won 5-4 after plating a run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a perfectly executed bunt by Jens Groenhout.
“Jens did a great job getting the ball down,” said Hopkins’ coach Patrick O’Dell.
O’Dell was feeling good after his team’s first game victory but he didn’t like the way the Vikings performed in the nightcap.
“We made too many mistakes,” he said.
Allegan coach John Bishop felt just the opposite regarding his team’s victory by a football-like score in the second game, which the umpires stopped after four innings.
“It was 8:30 at the time and the umpires said there wouldn’t have been enough time for both teams to get a chance to bat (in the fifth inning) with darkness approaching,” Bishop said.
Jalen Kisner went the distance on the mound in the first game for Hopkins.

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