Saturday Sports Roundup
By N3 Sports Team
Grant 8 West Michigan Christian 4
Grant 11 Shelby 5
Grant captured the title at the Spring Fling Tournament behind a pair of strong pitching performances and some timely hitting.
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead over West Michigan Christian in their first game and and took home an 8-4 victory on Saturday scoring on...
...a single by Jarod Howell and a groundout by Tony Hubbard in the second inning to get the scoring started.
Grant scored five runs in the sixth inning fueled by a error, a single by Gabe Castro, and a double by Casey Geers.
Geers earned the win for Grant Tigers going the distance and giving up four runs and four hits, while striking out eight, and walking none. Cam Waller took the loss for West Michigan Christian.
Tyler Naffziger, Geers, Tony Hubbard, Zach VanderWeide, Castro, Howell, and Spencer Naffziger collected one hit apiece to lead the Tigers.
In the championship game the Tigers scored on a double by Zach VanderWeide in the first inning and a fielder's choice by Rylee Schultz scoring Jarob Howell in the second inning.
Grant put up four more runs in the 4th and another four runs in the top of the sixth to make it 11-1. The Tigers scored when Ian Francisco doubled off Jonah Kelley driving in one run, Castro singled in a run, and Kelley induced Rylee Schultz to hit into his second fielder's choice, but one run scored.
Shelby answered with four of their own in the bottom of the sixth but it was too little too late.
"This was a good couple wins for us today,” said Coach Rider. “ Offensively I thought we hit the ball pretty good and had some timely 2 out hits. Defensively we need to get better. Some of our guys are playing new positions and we just need the reps to get them comfortable,"
Tommy Kelley earned the win in the title game tossing six innings, allowing five runs, nine hits, and striking out four.
Coach Rider said "Both Casey and Tommy threw great games today. In 14 innings they only gave up 2 walks, and they mixed their pitches very well."
In the championship game the Tigers collected nine hits. VanderWeide and Francisco each collected multiple hits and Schultz, VanderWeide, and Spencer Naffziger each drove in two runs to help pace the offense.
Central Montcalm 10 White Cloud 6
White Cloud 17 Morley Stanwood 12
The Indians opened the Mohawk Invitational against Central MOntcalm and grabbed a 4-2 lead but the Hornets tied the game in the 4th then pulled away for the win.
“A few too many mistakes and 12 runners stranded were our undoing,” said Coach Don Barnhard.
Hallie Schulz belted 3 hits collecting a pair of RBIs, Maddie Seabrook had 3 hits and Elexis Plotts doubled, singled and drove home a pair.
In the second game the Cloud bounced back against Morley,putting together a 10 run 1st on the way to a 17-12 win. Elexis Plotts had 3 hits with a double and 4 RBI’s, Hannah Brown fell a triple short of the cycle as she singled doubled and homered driving hone three and Hallie Schulz had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.
Overnight rain postponed the start of the 2017 Grant Invitational, but after a two hour delay, players competed hard in sunny and breezy conditions. Calvin Christian took home 3 championship medals, including #1 singles and #1 doubles. Hastings also won 3 flights. The host Tigers claimed 2 championships and also 2 runner up medals.
Olivia Keelean captured the #2 singles title and the #4 doubles team of Maddie Koopman and Miriam Delgado took home top honors as well.
Emerson Cole at #1 singles and Jill Arends at #3 singles each finished second