Cloud Sweeps (SB) and Splits (BB) with Panthers, Devils Late Rally Takes ‘Cap, Packer T&F and Hardball
White Cloud 10-18 Hesperia 6-0
The Panthers dropped a pair at home to the Indians who crossed the plate 28 times in the twinbill.
The hosts held a 6-5 advantage in game one and were one out away from the win before White Cloud scored to tie the game. After holding the Panthers scoreless to force extra innings they plated 4 runners in the top of the 8th to capture the contest.
Ellie Palmer went the distance for Hesperia walking 4 and striking out 5 and the Panther defense yielded 4 errors in the game. Natalie McGahan rapped a trio of singles and Palmer doubled, singled twice and drove home a pair.
For the Cloud Olivia Bowman had 3 hits, Kara Davis and Izzy Cruzan each had a pair of hits and 2 RBI’s, and Madison Smith also drove in 2 runs. Hallie Schulz got the win striking out 3 and walking none.
The ‘cap was a short 4 inning blowout with the Indians scoring 10 times in the opening inning enroute to the mercy win.
Kala Pasch had 3 hits including a double and 2 triples and collected 5 RBI’s. Kara Davis had 3 hits and 2 RBI’s, Allison Schulz had 2 hits with a double and 3 RBI’s, Hannah Brown had a double and a solo HR and 2 RBI’s, Izzy Cruzan had a pair of hits and Hallie Schulz added a double. Kara Davis got the win holding the Panthers to 4 hits and walking none.
Coach Bolles “We were without our #2 pitcher, Lynnsey Tinkham and that put us in a bind, but give the Indians credit, they came to play, no excuses on our part.”
The Panthers are now, 5-8 overall and 5-4 in the CSAA Silver and will play at Lakeview on Tuesday.
White Cloud 7-2 Hesperia 5-8
The Panthers could only manage three hits in the first six innings before scoring four runs in the seventh inning only to lose a heartbreaker when they left a runner at third to end the rally. Logan Balkema went six and third innings, striking out seven and walking one. This was his best outing of the season. Offensively for Hesperia, Logan Balkema was 2 for 2 and Jacob Klemundt tripled.
In game two Hesperia jumped to a 3-0 lead through five as Hunter Dickinson cruised through the Indian lineup. White Cloud rallied for two runs in the top of the sixth inning before Dickinson slammed the door with a huge strikeout to end the rally, To cement the win the Panthers scored five insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.,
Dickinson had his best start for striking out eight and walking two. Offensively for Hesperia, Jacob Klemundt, Hunter Dickinson, Kolby Dickinson and Logan Pearson each had two hits.
Hesperia improves to 2-7 on the season.
Holton 2-6 Morley Stanwood 6-4
In the opener Holton held a 2-1 lead in the 6th before the Mohaks crossed home 5 times courtesy of 2 walks, 2 errors and a timely hit. Aiden Poling took the mound loss despite yielding just 1 earned run.Landon Elenbaas went the distance to get the win for MS.
In Game 2 Holton was down 4-2 in the bottom of the 6th with 2 outs with the bases loaded when Morley-Stanwood brought Elenbaas back in from the first game to try to close the door. Nathan Slowik promptly singled sharply to right center scoring the tying runs and set the stage for Chip Wright who laced a ball to the right field fence scoring the go ahead 2 runs.
Slowik scattered 7 hits and struck out 2 from the mound picking up the win and Cody Wright slammed the door in the 7th to notch the save.
Kaleb Kitchka (single, 2 walks, 2 runs scored) and Chip Wright ( single, 2 walks, 2 RBI) each reached base 3 times.
Holton's record is 10-7 overall and 7-2 in conference
Fremont 10-14 Grant 0-5
Trent Maka picked up the victory in the opener giving up just 3 hits and striking out 4 as he posted his second straight shutout.
The Packers banged out 13 hits to compliment a strong defensive effort in their 4th straight win. Cole Miller and Trent Maka went 3 for 3 and Carter Moon was 2 for 2.
In game 2 Zayne Stroven got the start on the mound and had a rough start giving up 4 runs in the first inning. He came back to shut the Tigers down the next 3 innings with 6 strikeouts.
.Jacob Visser came on in relief to grab the save and secure the 5th straight win for Fremont.
Tye Pack finished with 14 hits in game 2 scoring in every inning except the 4th Jake Delong went 3 for 4, while Cole Miller and Austin Kukal finished 2 for 3. Packers holding winning streak of 5.
Fremont 11-5 and 3-1 in the Gold will host Cedar Springs on Monday.
Track & Field
Golden Triangle Invitational-Saline MI
6 athletes travelled to Saline to compete against some of the best competition in the state. We started the morning with the girls 4x800. Unfortunately the team of Kendra Fowler (Sr), Katie Nicholas (Sr), Leah Converse (So), and Hannah Hamilton (Sr) did not get the performance we will looking for, running 10:18.51 to place 9th. The girls did not let that set the tone for their day as they went on to have fantastic performances in their individual events. Katie ran a season record 1:05.41 season record to place 9th in the morning section of the 400 dash. The rest of our athletes qualified for the evening session of competition. Leah got things started off with a bang running a PR 12:17.36 to place 9th in the Gold section of the 3200 run. Conor Somers (Fr) ran in the Gold section of the boys 3200 to record a 13 second PR of 10:02.55 just missing his goal of breaking 10 minutes. He placed 16th. Kendra was up next in the elite 800 run. She executed her plan for the first three 200s of the race to record a PR of 2:21.42 to place 4th and medal. She is closing in on the school record of 2:19 held by Pam Woodring. Hannah and Nathan Walker (So) ran in the featured event of the meet, the Mike Smith Elite 3200. This race brings in the top 2 milers from all over Michigan to compete. The girls ran first. Hannah did a great job staying focused on her pace early and was able to pick girls off later in the race as she began to move up. She finished in 12th with a time of 11:17.34. She is also closing in on the school record of 11:11 set by JoAnne Lanciaux. The boys Elite race featured a huge pack of 15-20 athletes bunched together, clicking off 68-69 second laps for the first mile. Nathan did a great job staying focused as he got bounced around a little. Rubbing is racing. At the mile the leaders picked up the pace a little and things started to string out a little. Nathan did a good job hanging on but lost a little ground on laps 6 and 7. He finished strong on lap 8 to finish in 9th with a time of 9:10.61 crushing the school record of 9:19 set by Riley Klingel.
It was great to see the athletes take advantage of competing against high level competition instead of being intimidated.
We will have a busy week this coming week with the Conference Championships in Newaygo on Monday, a Conference make up meet at Reed City on Wednesday, and the Scottie Invite in Alma on Saturday.
Full results for the Golden Triangle can be found here - https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=352346&show=all
Coach Somers took 4 of our top scoring girls and 2 of our top boys to compete in Saline and I took the rest of the team to the Central Montcalm Hornet Invitational. The girls finished 7th and the boys came in 2nd. The top 6 individuals medaled and the top 3 relays.
Some highlights of the girls meet:
Kennedy Christoffersen (Fr) is healthy again and finished 1st in the 100 hurdles 17.41!
Erin Norton (So) finished 4th in the 1600 and set a new PR of 6:22.
Alyssa Gustman (Jr) finished 5th in the high jump.
Erica Maddox (fr) and Megan Walker (Sr) earned new PRs in the 100.
Brianna Scott (Fr) a new PR in the 400.
Kassy Fialek (So) a new PR in the 800
Taava Johnson (Fr) set a new PR in 300 hurdles.
The boys had an awesome day with many medals and PRs! Highlights of the meet:
The 4x800 relay team of Colton Best (So), Adam Ward (So), Cy Frankhouser (Sr), and Gavin Orcutt (Jr) finished 1st with a time of 9:06.
Corbin Wolfsen (Sr) finished 1st in the 110 hurdles 16.8, 1st in the 300 hurdles and setting a new PR at 43.71.
Adam Ward (So) is healthy again and finished 2nd in the 800 2:11.
Ben Paige (So) finished 2nd in the 1600 running his PR of 5:01, and 2nd in the 3200 at 10:56.
Case DeKryger (So) finished 3rd in the 400 with his PR of 55.76.
Cy Frankhouser finished 3rd in the 1600 with his season record of 5:05.
Dennis Zacharias (So) finished 3rd with a new PR in shot of 40’.
Dylan Essebaggers (Sr) finished 3rd in discus setting a new PR of 109’11.75”, and 6th in shot with another PR of 38’6”.
The 4x200 team of Carter Dunbar (Jr), Caleb Geeting (So), Tristan Marfia (So) and Corbin Wolfsen took 3rd.
Gavin Orcutt finished 5th in the 800 with a PR of 2:18.
Wes Ekkel (So) finished 5th in high jump.
Full results can be found www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/367991/results