Cedar Springs 10- 4 Fremont 0-5
The Red Hawks jumped out early scoring a pair in the 1st and 4 more in the 2nd as the Packer bats were silent. CS plated anther 4 in the 4th to end the contest early. The 15 hits from the Hawks were aided by a trio of costly errors for Fremont.
The nightcap saw the Packers rebound for a tough 5-4 win.
Trent Maka came to the plate in the bottom of the 7th with the score knotted at 4, promptly laced a one out double, then scored the winning run on a drive to right by Zayne Stroven.
Austin Kukal, Carter Moon, and Cole Miller each had a pair of hits and 4 Packer hurlers combined to hold back the Red Hawks.
Grant 3 Newaygo 0
The Lions and Tigers held a rematch just a week after Grant came away with a 5-1 win. When Grant opened with pssession the Lions showed a new look according to Grant Coach Daisy Gomez de Leon.
“Their strategy was to ‘park the bus’ putting all players in the middle to play defense in an attempt to slow our Lady Tigers down.”
“We start with a slow tempo, passing to push forward around the opponent’s defensive line up and had several attempts at goal. Forward Nikki Tellkamp had 4 clear shots at goal that unfortunately landed in their keeps hands. With our defense (Sydney Higgins/Haleigh Moyer, Gracie Bearup, Carli Fryling, and Avery Geisen) pushing up it was only a matter of time before we would score. In a quick, one-two pass play Makayla Cronk cashed in and scored our first goal. This was Makayla’s first goal as a varsity player.
"Shortly after Makayla scored, Delaney Cronk gained possession on the right side of the field where she dominates, dribbled past 3 players and took a shot that landed the ball in Newaygo’s net.”
The first half ended with Grant holding a 2-0 lead.
In the second half Kim Settlemyre, who was responsible for multiple controlled steals on defense ended the scoring as she pounded one in from the 18 box.
Grant 7 Big Rapids 1
#1 Singles ace Olivia Keelean went up against Eden Short the Cardinal junior who reached the state finals last year after an undefeated regular season.
In a lengthy hard fought battle Short edged Keelean 7-5, 7-5 to put a point on the board for the cards.
It was their only point.
The tenth ranked Tigers mowed through the rest of the opposition.
Kathryn Stong and Sydney Patin battled into overtime for the win at #1 dubs while Jill Arends and Brooklyn Presler shutout their opponents at #2. Liberty Pleune and Kaitlin Pascoe posted a win at #3 and Cecilia Ovalle and Elvira Cruz outdueled their opponents at #4.
Jada Zerlaut continues to impress at #2 Singles posting a shutout win and Kirstyn Throop did the same at #3 while Emma Hetler picked up another win at #4.