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Cornerstone University and head baseball coach David Mitroff are pleased to announce the signing of Ben Schaap, a right-handed pitcher from West Ottawa High School in Holland, Mich. As a junior, Ben piled up numerous accolades including being named The Holland Sentinel "Player of the Year." As a senior, Schaap went 6-2 with a 1.63 E.R.A. and 74 strikeouts in 64 innings to earn 1st Team All-District honors for the second straight season.
When asked about his choice of Cornerstone University, Ben said, "I really like everything that the school stands for, and the direction that the baseball program is heading. My hopes on the field are to win, and be the best player I can be. Off the field, I'm hoping to get an amazing education."
Coach Mitroff said, "Ben is a great addition to our program and pitching staff. We believe that he has the ability to contribute on the mound immediately and we are excited to see him succeed. He has experienced a lot of success in high school and has been relied upon in some big moments. We hope that his experience and leadership will pay dividends for our university and baseball program."
Cornerstone University and head baseball coach David Mitroff are pleased to announce the signing of Seth Ritsema, a middle infielder, from Calvin Christian High School in Grandville, Mich. Seth hit .382 with an on-base-percentage of .520 and scored 31 runs this year. He was named 2nd Team All-State for his performance this season.
When asked about choosing Cornerstone University Seth said, "I chose to attend Cornerstone because I had an awesome opportunity to play college baseball, and also stay close to home. Another reason I chose the University is because it allows me to excel in the business field while being surrounded by other Christian believers."
Coach David Mitroff said, "We are excited to add Seth Ritsema to our program. We believe he can make an impact early on in his time here with his defense and his ability to handle the bat. Seth comes from a great program and his leadership ability will be an asset on campus."
Cornerstone University and head baseball coach David Mitroff are pleased to announce the signing of Donovan Locke, a catcher from Fremont, Michigan. Donovan hit .443 as a junior and drove in 21 runs. This year, he is hitting .650 with five homeruns and 40 RBI as a team captain.
When asked about his decision to attend Cornerstone, Donovan said, "I chose CU because I wanted to be at a place that would help me grow spiritually. I also want to be at a school where everything is Christ centered. I hope to grow into a more Godly man and live a life where I can let God speak and shine through me."
Coach Mitroff said, "Donovan is a great young man whose heart is on fire for the Lord and we believe he will be a great addition to the Cornerstone campus. Donovan is a physically gifted catcher and hitter who has a very high ceiling. We are hoping that he can develop into an impact player here in the very near future."
The Cornerstone University baseball team split a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) doubleheader with Madonna University today in Grand Rapids, Mich. on the final day of the season. The Golden Eagles fell in extra innings 11-9 in game one and beat Madonna 3-2 in game two.
Cornerstone starter Jon Knapp allowed four earned runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings pitched. Relief pitcher Justin Geerts suffered the loss after pitching well in the final five innings. He allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks.
The Cornerstone offense was led by Zach Bohl who went 4-5 with a single, a double, a triple, and two RBI and Zach Harbison who was 4-6 with a double and a run scored. Evan Wagner was 3-5 with a triple, three runs, and three RBI.
While game one was an offensive battle, game two was decided on pitching. Cornerstone starter Luke Heller allowed two runs in the first inning and shut down the Madonna offense after that. He pitched into the 6th inning and allowed two runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Ryan Harris came on in relief to earn the win pitching 1.2 shutout innings.
Evan Wagner stayed hot in the second game with two hits including a solo, opposite-field homerun. Nick Covello added two hits, one run, and the game winning RBI. Covello hit an infield single to drive in Sonny Mastromatteo in the bottom of the 6th inning.
The split puts the final Cornerstone overall record at 15-28 and 4-22 in the WHAC.
The Cornerstone University baseball team lost a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) game to Madonna University today by a score of 8-5.
Cornerstone starter Brandon Willard suffered the loss after struggling with command. He pitched 3.1 innings in which he allowed six runs, all earned, on four hits and six walks. Both Kyle Marburger and Paul Freswick were effective in relief.
The Cornerstone offense went ahead 3-0 early and had the tying run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth but was unable to complete the comeback late. Zach Meyer was 2-3 with a run and an RBI. Johnny Abbadusky also went 2-3. Dillon Reust and Tom Enslen each added two hits.
The loss moves the Cornerstone overall record to 14-27 and 3-21 in the WHAC. Cornerstone will host Madonna again tomorrow for a doubleheader and senior day festivities beginning at 1:00.