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MUSKEGON — Western Michigan Christian’s baseball team swept a Lakes 8 Activities Conference doubleheader from Manistee, 11-4 and 9-8 at home Wednesday afternoon.

In the first game the Warriors opened up a 5-2 lead in the second inning, and then scored five more runs in the top of the seventh to hold off a Chippewa rally.

Sam Sipe recorded the win on the mound for the Warriors, throwing the first 3 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on two hits, two walks and struck out eight.

Leading hitters were Samuel VanOrman with three, Ethan Hill and Caleb McKay had two apiece, with McKay hitting a bases-clearing triple and finished with five runs batted in.

In the nightcap, shortened because of darkness, the Warriors pulled away in the top of the fifth inning.

Hill took the win on the hill, allowing eight runs on nine hits, one walk and three strike outs.

Pacing the Warriors at the plate were Sipe with three hits, while McKay and Jace VanderWeide each had two. VanderWeide had four RBI.

“Manistee is a much improved club who really swing the bats well,” said WMC head coach Mark Hill. “We were fortunate tonight to walk away with two wins.

“We collected 21 hits on the night, but we left the bases loaded three times. We have to do a better job making those hits count, and finishing when we have the opportunity to put runs on the board.”