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- In the first 12 regular-season games (April 12-May 8 – 27 days)
Pitchers struck out 83 and walked 34 while posting a 2.39 ERA
Batters were 99-for-317 (.312) while striking out 60 times and walking 55 times
- In the final 13 games (May 14-June 2 – 11 games in nine days at one point)
Pitchers struck out 59 and walked 59 while posting 4.85 ERA
Batters were 80-for-342 (.234) while striking out 77 times and walking 39 times
The team was led by senior MVP Jimmy Cobb, who paced the team in most offensive categories. Jimmy, who played shortstop and center field mostly, batted a team-high .493 (36-for-73). That average is the ninth best in the history of NM baseball. His team-leading 20 stolen bases placed him at No. 10 on the all-time season list while his 36 career stolen bases moved him to No. 4 on the NM career list. He also led the team with 36 hits, nine doubles, two triples, one home run and 24 RBI. Jimmy also tied for the team lead with 22 runs. Jimmy also put together a 12-game hit streak early in the season, and that streak is the eighth best in school history. In the conference, Jimmy, who was a First Team All-Conference outfielder, batted .571 (24-for-42) to lead all WMC outfielders. Jimmy was also an All-District selection. Jimmy’s classroom work made him an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and an Academic All-District performer. While his fielding percentage may not have been the best on the team, Jimmy’s defense, mainly in centerfield, made him the easy selection for the 2018 Gold Glove Award winner. The five other seniors (Tommy Gautraud, Brett Huff, Matt Kraley, Ryan Kenny & Jared DeMint) saw significant playing time. Tommy, Brett and Matt joined Jimmy Cobb as seniors who played all 25 games. Tommy, who batted in the lead-off position, led the team with 76 at bats and tied for the team lead with 22 runs. Tommy was also recognized as an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and an Academic All-District performer. Brett, the team’s No. 1 catcher, was an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and an Academic All-District performer. Matt manned the first-base position and led the team with five hit by pitches. Additionally, Matt, who raised his batting average almost .200 points from 2017, was the most proficient No. 2 hitter for the Norse. For his improvement, Matt is selected as the 2018 Most Improved Player Award. Ryan was the team’s No. 2 pitcher, finishing 1-4 with 38 strikeouts in 40 ? innings and a 3.82 ERA. Jared played third base. For their senior leadership, Brett and Ryan also shared the K2 Coach’s Award, which honors former assistant coach Warren Kent Jr., who passed away in February of 2017. In addition to the award, both receive a $100 scholarship. Four juniors (Jesse Cooke, Brendan Gannon, Mack Young and Billy Lowe) saw varying degrees of success. Jesse, who played all 25 games, was the team’s No. 1 pitcher when he wasn’t playing shortstop. On the mound, he posted a 4-5 record while striking out 46 in 43 ? innings. He finished with a 2.26 ERA. Jesse was also an All-Conference selection at the at-large position. In the conference, Jesse was 3-3 on the mound with a 1.06 ERA; at the plate, he batted .326 (14-for-43). For his classroom work, Jesse was an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and an Academic All-District performer. Brendan, an outfielder, was the best bunter on the team, and Mack, the every-day second baseman, was solid defensively with a .906 fielding percentage. Billy, who played a little outfield, made his impact on the mound where he went 2-0 in 17 ? innings. Sophomore Brenden Moat saw action at all three outfield spots as well as on the mound, where his 2-5 record is misleading as he posted a 1.81 ERA while striking out 26 in 31 innings. Brenden was also an All-Conference Scholar Athlete. Sophomore Logan Richards and freshman Charlie Branch made it to varsity midway through the season. Logan posted a .306 batting average (11-for-36) while playing third base. Charlie, who batted .512 (22-for-43) missed qualifying for the batting title by two plate appearances. He also became just the second freshman under coach Kent to pick up a win on the mound when he gained the victory in relief over WMC. Additionally, he put his name in the record books with a 5-for-5 performance in the 13-11 win over Shelby. Those five hits tied a school record for hits in a game. Finally, sophomores Brett Galdeen, John Hayhurst and Avery Ramirez all had their first varsity hits as did freshman Alec Cutter.
Record Score Interesting Fact
1-0 *NM 5, Whitehall 1 Win breaks a 9-game losing streak in season openers; second game suspended
1-1 *Ravenna 4, NM 0 Only 4 hits; struck out 12 times; Jimmy Cobb two singles
1-2 *Ravenna 11, NM 6 NM commits 8 errors; Cobb double
1-3 Boyne City 10, NM 5 Ramblers scored 7 runs in top of 7th inning; 5 of those runs scored with 2 outs
1-4 Boyne City 20, NM 3 20th losing game in school history allowing opponent to score 20 runs
2-4 *NM 12, Hart 0 Freshman Charlie Branch makes varsity debut with 4 K's in two relief innings
3-4 *NM 17, Hart 1 NM has outscored Hart 339-41 in winning 24-of-25 games
4-4 NM 9, Montague 7 County; 9-0 lead after 3 ininngs; Jesse Cooke 9 K's in 5 2/3 innings
4-5 Muskegon CC 10, NM 4 County; only 2 of 10 MCC runs earned; MCC has won series' past 11 games
5-5 *NM 13, Mason CC 7 8 innings; MCC led 7-1 after 3 innings; Cobb's bases-clearing double in 8th
6-5 *NM 12, Mason CC 1 Brenden Moat wins both games of DH; Cobb bases-clearing double in 2nd
7-5 NM 3, WM Christian 2 Marsh Field; Branch becomes 2nd freshmen to win game in coach Kent era
7-6 WM Christian 5, NM 3 Marsh Field; NM only 3 hits; doubles by Branch & Cooke
7-7 *Montague 13, NM 2 Beginning of 9 games in 11 days; Only 4 hits; committed 7 errors; Cobb 2 singles
7-8 *Montague 5, NM 2 Only 5 hits; Cobb double
8-8 NM 10, Cedar Springs 9 Scored 4 runs in bottom of seventh; Billy Lowe first varsity win
8-9 Zeeland West 7, NM 4 Hope College; left 10 runners on base; both teams 5 hits; Cobb 2 singles, double
8-10 Zeeland West 12, NM 1 Hope College; outhit 16-4
8-11 *Oakridge 8, NM 1 Cooke only allowed 1 hit through 5 innings; only 6 hits; Cobb 3 hits with a triple
8-12 *Oakridge 7, NM 6 Eagles scored twice in bottom of 7th; winning run scored on squeeze bunt
8-13 *Shelby 4, NM 3 Tigers scored wining run in top o 7th on throwing error
9-13 *NM 13, Shelby 11 Branch 5 hits (3 singles; 2 doubles) to tie school record
10-13 *NM 3, Whitehall 2 9 innings; continuation of 2nd game of season; Cooke wins both halves of DH
10-14 Whitehall 6, NM 0 Moat double
10-15 Montague 5, NM 1 Districts; Montague scored 4 runs in 4th ininng with 2 outs; Branch 2 hits
In the history of North Muskegon baseball, which dates back to 1935, the Norse have been involved in 37 games where one of the two teams scored at least 20 runs. Twice in NM history, both teams scored 20 or more runs. In 1999, the Norse lost 21-20 to Fremont, and during the County tournament in 2001, the Norse defeated Ravenna 22-20. The 20-run games had its beginning in the first ever game the Norse played as Montague put a 23-9 hurt on NM in 1935. The most runs allowed by the Norsemen is 31 in 1959 when Muskegon Catholic Central defeated NM 31-9. The Norsemen’s high-water mark is 32 in 2015 when NM blanked Hart 32-0. Altogether, the Norse has lost 20 games when the opposing team score 20 or more runs, and NM has won 17 games when it scored 20 or more runs.
Wins with 20 or more runs (17 games)
1943 – 20-0 vs. Whitehall (1st game under coach Paul Moyes)
1951 – 22-3 vs. Scottville (Bill Duplissis had five hits, including three doubles and a triple)
1959 – 23-5 vs. Reeths-Puffer (1st meeting between the two schools)
1983 – 20-0 vs. Kent City (one of only three wins in a 3-11 season)
1998 – 23-8 vs. Pentwater (part of a six-game win streak in a 14-19 season)
1998 – 23-8 vs. Holton (beat the Red Devils 17-5 in second game of DH)
2001 – 22-20 vs. Ravenna (County tournament semi-final; beat Holton 6-1 in finals)
2005 – 23-7 vs. Tri-Unity (District championship)
2006 – 22-8 vs. Shelby (Tigers had an 8-1 lead; Troy Forton & Ryan Buter 5 hits each)
2006 – 21-0 vs. Potter’s House (Pre-district)
2007 – 25-1 vs. Oakridge (NM scored 21 runs in the 4th inning)
2009 – 20-0 vs. Western Michigan Christian (Robin Wiggins & Jory Meagher combine on 5-inning no-hitter)
2009 – 21-0 vs. Holton (NM scored 17 runs in 4th inning)
2012 – 22-0 vs. Muskegon Heights (Chase Cooke strikes out all nine hitters in 3-inning game)
2012 – 22-0 vs. Holland Calvary (District semifinal; all 15 players score)
2014 – 22-0 vs. Hart (NM scored 13 runs in 4th inning)
2015 – 32-0 vs. Hart (school record runs)
Losses with 20 or more runs scored against (20 games)
1935 – 23-9 vs. Montague (1st game in school history)
1945 – 21-0 vs. Muskegon (Big Reds’ 52nd straight win)
1955 – 21-8 vs. Muskegon Heights (Norse won WMC with 7-1 record)
1959 – 31-8 vs. Muskegon Catholic Central (most runs surrendered)
1961 – 22-6 vs. Grand Haven (Bucs’ 42nd straight win)
1968 – 24-0 vs. Oakridge (Norse held to two hits; tied for worst loss in NM history)
1982 – 21-1 vs. Kent City (Norse held to two hits; team finished 2-17-1)
1983 – 23-0 vs. Newaygo (Lions use three pitchers to no-hit NM)
1983 – 21-2 vs. Montague (Wildcats score 18 runs in 1st inning)
1984 – 24-2 vs. Whitehall (County tournament)
1985 – 22-3 vs. Whitehall (County tournament)
1986 – 22-4 vs. Montague (Wildcats beat NM 3 times by combined score of 50-14)
1994 – 24-15 vs. Shelby (non-conference; Tigers score 12 runs in 1st inning)
1995 – 29-13 vs. Reeths-Puffer (NM led 13-12 heading into 7th inning)
1996 – 22-2 vs. Montague (Wildcats had 12 hits, 17 runs in 1st inning; NM no hits in 3-inning game)
1999 – 25-13 vs. Muskegon (1st matchup since 1976; season-opening game)
1999 – 21-20 vs. Fremont (NIck Abel 2 HR’s; Justin Visconi HR)
2000 – 20-10 vs. Muskegon (season-opening game)
2000 – 24-0 vs. Whitehall (tied for worst loss in NM history)
2018 – 20-3 vs. Boyne City (NM led 3-1 until Ramblers scored 15 runs in 3rd inning)
The 2017 North Muskegon Alumni game, the sixth annual, had a few changes to its format.
First, money raised now goes toward the K2 Memorial Scholarship, which honors former assistant coach Warren Kent Jr., who passed away in February. A monetary scholarship is given to the Coach’s Award winner each year.
Secondly, a pitching machine was used for both the home run derby and the game, which lasted approximately 90 minutes. With the pitching machine being used, each team batted for six outs with the bases cleared after the first three outs.
The Gold Team (the odd years) scored four runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead and never looked back en route to the 9-7 win, which evens the six game series at three wins apiece.
For the Odd Years, Brandon Hillman (2003) was the team’s MVP with three doubles and two RBI. Joel Hardy (2015) had a single and a double while Home Run Derby Champion Jake Bean (2017) and Ryan Hillman (2009), who had the defensive play of the game, each added two singles and an RBI. Cody Liverance (2011) and Jack Gautraud (2013) each had a double.
Leading the Even Years was MVP Noah VanBergen (2008), who had four singles. Ryan Buter (2008) had two singles and a double, and Noah Rhyndress (2012) added a single, a double and two RBI. Matt Boyle (1998) and Jeremy Wegner (1998) each had two singles. Ben Garcia (2016) added a double.
2017 -- Warren Kent III (14-19 overall, 6-8 in West Michigan Conference; Oakridge Champs): For the third consecutive season, the Norse finished with a less-than-.500 record, but the season did not start out that way. Through the first 20 games, NM had a 12-8 record with a team batting average of .303 while averaging seven runs per game. At that point in the season, eight players had a better than .300 batting average. However, over the final 13 games, the team went 2-11 with a team batting average of .210 while scoring just 29 runs (2.2 runs per game). Only one player batted better than .293 over that span. The Norse did add a trophy to the school’s collection, taking second place at the Boyne City Invitational. NOTE: All three of NM’s opponents at the invitational (Rudyard, Boyne City and Alpena) won a district title as did three other opponents (Whitehall, Montague and Muskegon Catholic Central). The Norse recorded a school-record seven shutouts; unfortunately, that is the number of times NM was shut out. NM also played 14 games where the game was decided by three or fewer runs; NM went 7-7 in those contests. Finally, the Norsemen were outscored by their opponents by 37 runs (209-172) for the second straight year. And the 209 runs surrendered were second most in the Coach Kent era.
The team was led by senior All-State outfielder Brighton Schofield, who paced the team in most offensive categories as well as most pitching categories. Offensively, Brighton, who was the team MVP, batted a team-high .451 (41-for-91). That average is the 15th best in the history of NM baseball. His 41 hits, also a team-high, are the 10th-most in school history. His team-leading 13 doubles put him in a tie for fifth on the all-time season list. Brighton also led the team with two triples, 20 RBI and 25 runs. Additionally, he tied for the team lead with 16 stolen bases. In the conference, Brighton, who was a First Team All-Conference outfielder, batted an even .500 (17-for-34) to lead all WMC outfielders. His eight WMC doubles also led conference outfielders. On the mound, Brighton paced the team with 74 strikeouts in 55 innings while posting a 2.80 ERA. He finished with a 4-5 record.
Three other seniors (Jake Bean, Alex Slocum and Dalton Fuller) saw significant playing time. While Jake, a three-year starter at catcher, struggled to get untracked offensively, he did add his name to the NM record books when he hit two home runs in the 18-8 victory at Hesperia. This was the 19th time in Norse history that a player had hit at least two home runs in a game. Also, Jake had five sacrifices (tied for the team lead) this year, putting him at 11 for his career, which is tied for third on the all-time NM list. Jake’s strength was his defense where he committed just two errors (both in the loss to Muskegon Catholic Central) in 191 chances. For his work behind the plate, Jake was selected as the Gold Glove Award winner. Additionally, Jake became the first winner of the K2 Coach’s Award, which is dedicated to the memory of former assistant coach Warren Kent Jr., who passed away in February. Alex, the everyday center fielder and part-time pitcher, was an atypical lead-off hitter, drawing just two walks in 114 plate appearances. However, he did post the team’s third-best batting average (.312). His 109 at bats put him into a tie for fourth on the NM all-time season list. On the mound, Alex became the first pitcher to start and win both games of a doubleheader under coach Kent when he defeated Hart twice. He was the only pitcher to finish with a winning record (3-2). For his classroom work, Alex was Academic All-District. Dalton, who saw playing time in right field, first base and designated hitter, just missed the .300 mark, finishing with a .293 batting average. Dalton’s 10 career sacrifices put him in a tie for fifth on the all-time NM list.
Freshman Brenden Moat, who joined the varsity at the midway point and became the first freshman to gain a varsity letter under coach Kent, was the team’s second-leading hitter (.325). Brenden made a big splash over his first 18 games, posting a .412 average; however, down the stretch, he hit a slump, batting .154 over the final eight games. In the conference, Brenden was named Honorable Mention as an outfielder while batting .480 (12-for-25).
Junior Brett Huff, the back-up catcher, saw most of his playing time at the designated hitter position. He finished with a .281 average. Brett, who went from a .200 batting average prior to Boyne and batted at a .324 clip after Boyne, was selected as the team’s Most Improved Player. Additionally, Brett was honored with Academic All-District for his classroom work.
Sophomores Jesse Cooke and Mack Young should man the middle infield spots for the next two years. Jesse, who played shortstop and pitched, was All-Conference as an infielder. In the WMC, Jesse batted .345 (10-for-29) with 10 RBI and nine runs. On the mound, Jesse, who sustained a hip flexor injury at the Boyne Invitational, had a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde type of season. Through his first 22 innings, Jesse struck out 31 and walked just one while over his final 30 innings, Jesse struck out 22 and walked 20. Overall, Jesse finished with 53 K’s in 52 innings while posting a 3-4 record. Mack was a mid-season call-up and was plugged into the second-base position. He just missed the .300 mark by one hit, posting a .298 batting average.
Four juniors (Tommy Gautraud, Jimmy Cobb, Ryan Kenny and Matt Kraley) had varying degrees of success. Tommy, who played both second and third base while batting in the No. 2 spot, tied for the team lead with 16 stolen bases and tied for the team lead with five sacrifices. Jimmy, who played left field, shortstop and pitcher, was the only player to play all 33 games. He also led the team with 116 plate appearances, which can be attributed to his improved plate discipline as he cut his strikeouts down from 23 to 13 and increased his walks from seven to a team-high 20. Jimmy also led the team with four hit by pitches and tied for the team in sacrifices with five. On the mound, Jimmy experienced some arm trouble, limiting him to 15 innings. Ryan, a lefty, saw most of his playing time on the mound while also seeing some playing time in left field. On the mound, Ryan tossed 47 innings while striking out 34; however, he led the team with 31 walks. He did lead the team with two saves. Now, has three saves, which ties the school record held by Jimmy Cobb. Matt’s role was defensive first baseman, where he succeeded with a fielding percentage of .965 with four errors in 113 chances.
The final four players (senior Sean Bickford, junior Mitchel Wolters, junior Jared DeMint and sophomore Brendan Gannon) saw minimal playing time. Both Sean and Mitchel were named Academic All-District for their classroom work.
Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 *Whitehall 8, NM 0 Lost 9th straight opener; Vikings' Casey Huizenga no-hits the Norse
0-2 *Whitehall 5, NM 2 Jesse Cooke single, double
1-2 NM 13, Cedar Springs 4 School's 750th win; scored 11 runs in top of 7th; Brighton Schofield 2 doubles, 2 runs
2-2 *NM 3, Shelby 0 Schofield & Ryan Kenny combine on 2-hitter, 10 K's; Schofield single, double
2-3 *Shelby 14, NM 2 Tigers score 8 first-inning runs (6 unearned); Jimmy Cobb single, 2 doubles
3-3 NM 9, WM Christian 6 Norse hold onto 9-0 lead; Cobb 2 doubles, 3-run HR, 2 runs
3-4 WM Christian 6, NM 4 Defense commits 6 errors; Cobb 3 singles, 3 stolen bases
3-5 *Ravenna 7, NM 1 Schofield HR
4-5 *NM 9, Ravenna 4 Alex Slocum single, triple, 2 runs, 2 RBI
5-5 NM 18, Hesperia 8 Jake Bean 2 HR, 3 RBI (19th time in school history a player hit 2 or more HR)
6-5 NM 6, Rudyard 5 Boyne City Invitational; Schofield career-high 13 K's; Slocum 2 singles, 3 RBI
6-6 Boyne City 5, NM 3 Boyne City Invitational; Dalton Fuller/Cooke 2 singles
6-7 Alpena 14, NM 4 Boyne City Invitational Championship; Schofield single, triple, 2 runs
7-7 *NM 19, Hart 6 12-run third inning; Brett Huff 2 singles, double
8-7 *NM 9, Hart 0 Slocum starts and wins both ends of DH; Fuller double, 4 RBI
9-7 NM 7, Orchard View 3 Cardinals had 3-0 lead in first inning; Schofield single, double, 2 runs, 2 RBI
9-8 Ravenna 10, NM 4 County; Tommy Gautraud/Fuller 2 singles
10-8 NM 13, Muskegon 1 6 runs in 1st inning; Huff 3-run double, 2 runs
11-8 *NM 8, Mason CC 5 Cooke HR, 3 runs
12-8 *NM 10, Mason CC 8 NM had 23 hits in the DH; Schofield 2 singles, double, 2 runs
12-9 Muskegon CC 11, NM 5 NM scored 4 on top of 1st; Schofield 2 singles, 2 runs, 2 RBI
12-10 Reeths-Puffer 3, NM 2 R-P scored go-ahead run in 6th on 1st-and-3rd steal: Mack Young/Bean RBI single
12-11 Reeths-Puffer 13, NM 1 Schofield 2 singles
12-12 *Montague 3, NM 0 7 runners LOB; Schofield single, double
12-13 *Montague 9, NM 7 Wildcats broke 7-7 tie with 2 runs in top of 7th; Slocum single, double, 2 runs
12-14 Holton 11, NM 0 Pitchers walked 8 and hit 3 batters; Bean/Sean Bickford double
13-14 NM 9, Kent City 8 11 innings; broke 10-game losing streak in extra-inning games; Schofield 3 singles
13-15 *Oakridge 3, NM 2 Both runs scored in bottom of the 7th; Four players with a single
13-16 *Oakridge 12, NM 0 Brenden Moat 2 singles
13-17 Zeeland West 4, NM 0 Slocum 2 singles
13-18 Zeeland West 13, NM 0 Schofield double
14-18 NM 3, WM Christian 2 Districts; all 3 runs scored in 1st; Schofield had no-hitter through 6; Fuller single, RBI
14-19 Montague 2, NM 0 District Finals; Norse shut out for 7th time (school record); Fuller 2 singles