MUSKEGON — Western Michigan Christian pulled out an exciting 5-4 win over visiting Orchard View in the Lakes 8 Activities Conference on Thursday.

“Orchard View is a well-coached team,” said WMC head coach Mark Hill. “We knew they were going to make some adjustments from Tuesday, and they took it to us early.”

Sam Liggett started on the mound for the Warriors and was plagued by several errors by the defense behind him.

“We are learning to never let our heads down,” Hill said. “We calmed down, battled back and did enough to secure the win.”

OV sent three runs across the plate in the top of the first to take the early lead, but the host Warriors came storming back with four runs in the bottom half.

But the Cardinals tied the game, 4-4 with a run in the second inning which is how it stayed until the Warriors scored the game-winner in the sixth.

Ethan Hill entered the game in the top of the sixth and ended up earning the win in relief.

Hill, Jono Clausing, Samuel VanOrman and Caleb McKay each had two hits to lead the Warriors at the plate.

Leading hitters for the Cardinals were Jacob Peterman who had two hits while Zach Peterson had one hit and a run batted in. Korbin Tenbrink pitched for the Cardinals and struck out four in six innings.

The Warriors improved to 3-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference.