COMSTOCK PARK — Kent City’s baseball team found just the way to celebrate at the West Michigan Whitecaps’ LMCU Ballpark on Thursday, with a wild, high scoring game. The Eagles won 16-8 over Tri-County in a CSAA matchup.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead after one inning, tacked on two runs in the second and another in the top of the third as they built a 5-1 advantage.
But the Vikings came back with a run in the bottom of the third, and one more in the fourth to shave the Eagles’ lead to 5-3 going into the top of the fifth.
Kent City pushed across five runs in fifth, but the Vikings responded with a four-spot in the bottom half and the Eagles enjoyed a 10-7 lead going into the seventh.
A six-run top half of the seventh gave the Eagles a 16-7 lead, and the Vikings could only answer with one run in the bottom half.
The two teams combined for 23 hits, with the Eagles having the most with 13. Kent City was guilty of five errors, and the Vikings made three miscues.
Six players had two hits apiece for the Eagles. Kyler Larson was 2-for-5, with a triple, three runs batted in and one run scored. Webb Longcore finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run scored to lead the way. Tyler Brummel had one hit, three RBI and one run scored.
Justin Mack went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, Josh Anderson was 2-for-4 with a double, a RBI and one run scored. Troy Atwood finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.
Longcore, Larson and Mack each had a stolen base.
Longcore picked up the win on the mound for Kent City, throwing four innings and giving up seven runs (five earned) on five hits, striking out seven and walking two.