By N3 Sports
Springing forward despite the rather nasty weather we have a couple of softball contests for you including one that ended in a split and another that involved a suspended game that won’t be completed until the end of the month. We also have Lion results from Tuesdays track meet.
As for the weather? Well, we hear there will be a 60 day gradual warming trend….
Kent City 9 White Cloud 6
White Cloud 9 Kent Cty 9 (suspended)
Coach Barnhard: The Varsity Girls 2019 softball season continues to mirror the weather as they opened conference play in Kent City last night. A 5 run 5th inning was their undoing in the first game as they fell by a score of 9-6. Hannah Brown had a 2B and 3 RBI’s, Kara Davis also added a 2B with an RBI and Hallie Schulz doubled.
Not wanting to waste any of daylight savings time or the “balmy” weather, the girls are currently sitting in a 9-9 tie after 7 innings. Hannah Brown has homered, hit 2 – 2B’s and a 1B and has 3 RBI’s. Olivia Bowman has homered and picked up 3 RBI’s, while Kayla Pasch has 2 hits with a 2B and an RBI. This game will be finished prior to the doubleheader when Kent City travels to White Cloud later this season.
The Indians will host Hesperia on Tuesday.
Hesperia 8 Newaygo 4
Newaygo 9 Hesperia 5
The Lions and Panthers split their double dip season opener on Wednesday.
Lion Coach Luke Francis:
Great night for Lion and Panther softball teams. Hesperia was a tough competitor who brought some line drive power coupled with a solid short game offensively, and in the dirt physical defense led by a solid performance from the mound. Newaygo brought the same. With a walk, three singles, and one double Sophie Frisbie stoked our offensive engine. Our two Freshmen, Emmerson Goodin and Tylyr Dejohn both had solid performances at the plate tonight. Tylyr got on as a hit batter in addition to collecting two singles, and a two run homer. Emmerson gave us two singles and a double. Our Senior Lions delivered seasoned play on and off the field. Daniella duChemin had a stellar performance on the mound shutting down Hesperia's offense for four innings. Daniella also singled three times keeping our momentum positive and energized.
Bre Marvin and Bre Spenser both singled and Sage Beerman had solid plate performances. Madi Berwald gave us a good at-bats as well. Haley Stefans, Jess Sanchez, and Aly Karrip gave our lineup the depth it needed. We put up a total of 13 runs on the night to Hesperia's 13...two evenly matched teams who played mid-season level ball on our season openers.
Defensively our middles, Emmerson and Bre Spenser gave us dirt digging dives, controlled ball movement, and acrobatic juggling catches! Aly and Bre Marvin keep our corners safe and secure with solid glove work and timely throws. Our outfield gave a stellar performance tonight. With the leadership of Daniella and Sophia in CF and the solid glove work of Tylyr in LF, and RF covered by the solid play of Sage Beerman and Jessica Sanchez and her cannon of an arm. From the mound, we showed a range of looks for the Hesperia batters. Sophia Frisbie kept the Panthers on their toes with location pitches and some timely change ups holding Hesperia scoreless for three innings. Daniella used her cutting drop and the change to great effect. Our southpaw, Tylyr Dejohn closed both games her whip action heat. Haley Stefans called and caught both games from the dish. Haley gives us the confidence a team needs in their catcher. Madi Berwald, Amya Vandyke, Sage Beerman, and Jessica Sanchez kept our pitch location and spray charts up to date which helps us make better on-field decisions! Great job tonight ladies...first time in a very long time that Lion's softball put up a W on opening night with two well-played games!
Panther hurler Ellie Palmer picked up the win in game one going the distance by scattering 5 hits and striking out 11. Caragan Frees singled twice and doubled driving home 4 while Daelyn McKinnon blasted a solo home run and scored twice in the game.
In the ‘cap the Panthers didn’t get on the board until the 5th inning when they scratched their way back from a 7 run deficit to post 5 runs. McKinnon doubled and Natalie McGahan drove in a run for the offense but the Panthers but it wasn’t enough to catch the Lions and the teams ended with a split. Lynnsey Tinkham took the mound loss for Hesperia.
Hesperia opens Silver play against an old rival Friday when they travel to Holton to face the Red Devils while Newaygo heads on the road to Remus where they will play two with Chippewa Hills.
Reed City: 1-1-1
Newaygo was able to go 3-0 in their Tri-Meet against Tri-County, Fremont and Reed City. The Lions defeated Reed City 65-57. Newaygo beat Tri-County 70-53 and defeated Fremont 65-63.
Coach Nate Thomasma:"I thought the girls performed well considering we had just come off of break. We were rusty but it was a great meet to work out the kinks and starting to get the girls more comfortable on the track."
Top Lion finishers
1st- Pole Vault Makenna Young
1st- 4x100 relay Nakia Rake, Makenna Young, Clara Riddering, Kendall Mathis
2nd-100m hurdles Lily Ruehmeier
2nd- Shotput Savannah Hill
2nd- High Jump Kendall Mathis
2nd-Long Jump Kendall Mathis
2nd- 4x800 Samantha Dosch, Emily Oldham, Casey Deater, Malin Braennlund
3rd- 100m Nakia Rake
3rd-1600m Malin Braennlund
3rd- 4x200 Zaria Dankins, Jennafer Lavett, Eva Mcneese, Clara Riddering
3rd- 4x400 Samantha Dosch, Lily Ruehmeier, Clara Riddering, Makenna Young
3rd- Discus Savannah Hill
3rd- Pole Vault McKenzie Threatt
Complete results at: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=369086&show=all