By N3 Sports Staff
Sparta 5 Grant 3
The host Tigers won the top flights in both singles and doubles. Senior Alecia Heaton won 6-2 6-1. Isabel Jaimes and Minami Asoaka won 10-8 in a match tiebreaker. Sophomore Emerson Cole won 6-4 6-1 at #3 singles. Senior Angelica Narvaez won the first set 7-6, but lost 10-4 in a match tiebreak. The Tigers head to North Point Christian for the Division 4 Regional on Thursday.
Wildcats Batter Panther Pitchers
Lakeview 18-12 Hesperia 2-2
The Wildcats had their bats banging as they...
...rolled to a pair of 5 inning wins over the Panthers. Alyssa Miller drove in Ceara Thomas and Nathalie McGahan for the only Hesperia runs in game one with Miller and Claire Rumsey each scoring an unearned run to account for the game two scoring.
Red Devils Take Two From Cloud
Holton 7-8 White Cloud 0-4
Jaycee Baker and Destiny Nelson rapped out 2 hits apiece but that was the extent of the Indian offense as Holton’s pitching and defense kept them off the board.
The bats started to spark in game two as Hannah Brown laced a triple and 2 singles while Elexis Plotts ripped 3 hits including a double while driving home a pair of runs. Baker collected 2 hits and Ashley Taylor doubled but the output wasn’t enough to overcome the Devils and Holton gained the CSAA Silver sweep.
Palmer, Rumsey Pace Panther Wins
Hesperia 7-9 West Michigan Christian 6-2
The opener found the two teams deadlocked at 3 -3 and after Hesperia inched across a run in the 8th the Warriors broke a 5 inning scoring drought to force another inning. This time the Cats racked up a trio of runs then held off another WMC rally to take the win. Claire Rumsey scored three times and collected 2 hits and a walk. Hallie Greiner and Alyssa Miller each added a pair of hits and a walk as well.
In the nightcap it was just too much Ellie Palmer as the Panther pitcher who finished off the Warriors in game one scattered seven hits and yielded just one earned run in picking up the mound win. Off the slab Palmer laced a pair of singles and a double, scored twice and knocked home 5 teammates. Rumsey and Natalie McGahan also scored 2 runs apiece.
Grant 3 Newaygo 0
Ian Francisco doubled in the first inning plating Jarod Howell and that was all the offense Spencer Nafzinger would need as he shut down the Lion bats with a dominant performance on the mound scattering 5 hits and striking out 5.
“This was Spencer’s best outing of the season,” said Tiger Coach Kurt Rider.
“We’ve stressed working ahead in the count and pitching to contact and that’s what he did today.”
Tony Hubbard also picked up an RBI doubling home Nafzinger in the second.
Peyton Bitson threw a strong game but without offensive support took the mound loss for the Lions.