2022 MHSAA Tournament: Division 2 State Semifinal - Grant Rapids Christian vs Grosse Ile

Bruce Hefflinger and Dylan Hefflinger
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2022 MHSAA Tournament: Division 2 State Semifinal - Grant Rapids Christian vs Grosse Ile

EAST LANSING - Grand Rapids Christian pounded out 17 hits and Kyle Remington threw a five-hitter to lead the Eagles to a 9-1 win over Grosse Ile in the Division 2 state semifinals on Thursday morning.

Remington, a Minnesota commit, struck out nine and did not permit a walk in the complete-game victory which sends Grand Rapids Christian into Saturday’s 9 a.m. finals against the winner of Forest Hills Eastern and Goodrich.

Clinging to a 2-1 advantage, Grand Rapids Christian broke the game open with a seven-spot in the top of the sixth.  The Eagles produced nine hits in the inning highlighted by two singles from Nathan Hedland, a Josh Winkle RBI triple, an Alec Koval two-run double and two-base hits by Remington and Ty Uchman.

The 14th-ranked team in the state, which has now scored 57 runs in six tournament games, took a 2-0 lead in the third on a Remington double, an Uchman run-scoring single and a Hedlund RBI fielder’s choice.

Grosse Ile scored its lone runs in the fourth when Henry Ford Junior College signee William Lowery singled in Cannon Kawadri, who reached on a one-out double.

Cannon Paul led the 17-hit attack by the Eagles going 4-for-4 while Remington had two doubles and a single and Uchman a double and two singles, driving in three. Koval hit a single and double and Hedlund a pair of singles, each bringing in two runs in moving Grand Rapids Christian to 27-8 on the season.

Kawadri and Tyler Garza, a Barton College commit, had two hits apiece for Grosse Ile, the 20th-rated D-2 team in the state.


PLAYER OF THE GAME: Remington not only threw a five-hitter while striking out nine and surrendering just one run, the left-handed hitting eighth-rated junior in the state had three hits, scored a run and stole a base.

BIG MOMENT: After Grand Rapids Christian came up scoreless in the top of the first when Remington was thrown out at home on a bunt, Grosse Ile had the momentum and two on with one away in the bottom of the frame after singles by Garza and Kawadri. But a 4-6-3 double play grounder ended the threat and the next seven batters for Grosse Ile were retired by Remington. By then the Eagles were on top to stay.


Grand Rapids Christian  002  007  0  -  9  17  0
Grosse Ile                          000  100  0  -  1    5  2

Records: Grand Rapids Christian 27-8, Grosse Ile 23-7.

Winning Pitcher: Kyle Remington (7 innings, 1 run, 5 hits, 9 strikeouts, 0 walks).

Losing Pitcher: Michael Madrigal (5.2 innings, 9 runs, 8 earned runs, 16 hits, 0 strikeouts, 0 walks). Other: William Lowery (0 runs, 1 hit, 1 strikeout, 0 walks).

Leading Hitters: (Grand Rapids Christian) - Kyle Remington single, 2 doubles, run; Jackson Isaacs 2 runs; Ty Uchman 2 singles, double, run, 3 RBIs; Nathan Hedlund 2 singles, run, 2 RBIs; Camden Seth single; Josh WInkle triple, run, RBI; Cannon Paul 4 singles, run, RBI; Christian Burgess single, run; Alex Koval 2 singles, 2 RBIs; Isaac Hubka run. (Grosse Ile) - Tyler Garza 2 singles; Cannon Kawadri single, double, run; William Lowery single, RBI.

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