While weather has certainly dampened the Spring schedule a few games slipped through the flakes and cold.
Softball: Huge first inning propels Cloud to victory
White Cloud erupted for 11 runs in the first inning and went on to defeat Grant 17-1 in four innings. Hallie Schulz picked up the win giving up just two hits, striking out one, and walking none. Carlie Stray picked up 2 hits, Allie Dubbink added a hit, and Alissa Diltz had the lone RBI for Grant. The second game was cancelled due to cold temperatures.
Baseball: Grant Comeback Fuels Win Over Cloud
The Tigers escaped with a win against the visiting Indians from White Cloud with a final score of 14-13. The first inning saw the Tigers first five batters coming around to score. Freshman Elliott Butchart got the scoring started by way of an RBI single that brought home Casey Deater. A couple Indian errors and walked batters later the score was 5-0 after one. Eventually the Indians would take the lead and they were able to enter the bottom of the 7th inning up 13-8. "Our youth showed in innings 3-6," said Coach Rider.
"One thing we did not do was think a pitch ahead. We have been telling them how important it is to talk and think a pitch ahead. During those innings it just seemed they were overwhelmed and we started making a ton of mental mistakes because they were not doing this."
However, the Tigers would not go down without a fight.
Freshman Ryan Hether led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a single and made it to second on an error by the left fielder. Tristen Chesebro doubled to score Hether making the score 13-9. A couple batters later Jake Miller singled home Chesebro, Dalton Wagner reached on an error that plated two more making the score 13-12 with runners on second and third. Ryan Hether stepped to the plate for the second time that inning and delivered the knockout punch lacing a single up the middle that scored that game winning runs.
For the Tigers, Casey Deater ended up getting the win pitching 2 innings. Offensively Ryan Hether collected 3 hits, Elliott Butchart had 2 and Deater, Chesebro, Miller, Vander Weide, and Wagner all had one.
"This was an interesting game. I thought we came out of the gates high energy and then when White Cloud scored 4 in the third we backed right off. I give the boys credit for fighting there way back in the bottom of the seventh," said Coach Rider