Panthers, Cloud Softballers Sweep; Fremont Golf Finishes 4th; Hesperia Hardball Drops 2: Lions, Pack Find T&F Success
Hesperia 11-19 Kent City 1-17
The Panthers showed some offensive firepower in their double dip with the Eagles.
Emily Bayle knocked a 3 run homer Ellie Palmer added a two run shot and Alyssa Miller went yard twice as they wrapped things up in 5 innings 11-1. Palmer tossed a gem on the slab scattering 3 hits and striking out 10 without issuing a walk.
Game two turned into a slugfest, as the Eagles jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the top of the 2nd before the Panthers responded with 7 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning to make it a ballgame again. Innings three through five saw the Panthers gain a 15-9 advantage, only to have the Eagles claw back with 8 runs in the top of the 7th to take a 17-15 lead. The Hesperia hit squad wasn’t through at the plate though as they put together another big inning, with 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead for good, 19-17.
Lynnsey Tinkham shut the door in the top of the 7th and the Panthers took the sweep.
Tinkham also went 3 for 5 at the plate with a pair of doubles and 2 RBI
Palmer ripped a double and a single plating 4 teammates and 4-RBI’s and Caragan Frees drove home a pair with 2 hits.
Emily Bayle ignited the 2nd inning comeback with a 2 Run HR to start the rally.
Coach Bolles: “Our bats came to life and we really hit the ball. The five HR’s in the DH were huge. We were aggressive on the bases and we played really hard against a good Kent City team.”
Hesperia is now 3-5 on the season and evened up their Silver record at 2-2 with the sweep. The continue conference play Friday when they visit Morley Stanwood.
White Cloud 6-13 Morley Stanwood 1-1
On Tuesday, the Lady Indians broke into the win column picking up a pair of victories from Morley Stanwood behind two strong pitching outings. In game 1, Hallie Schulz recorded a career high 9 strikeouts and did not allow any walks enroute to a 6-1 win. Allison Schulz had a 2B and 2 RBI’s, followed by Jordan Bulk and Kara Davis with 2 hits apiece and Hannah Brown doubled.
Kara Davis also had a career best 11 strikeouts in the 2nd game, allowing just 2 hits and walking only one batter. Hallie Schulz had 3 hits with a 2B and 3 RBI’s, Allison Schulz had 2 hits with a Home Run and 3 RBI’s, Hannah Brown and Jordan Bulk each had 3 hits, Madison Smith had 2 hits with an RBI and Olivia Bowman added a 2B for a 13 -1 win.
The Packer golfers began play in the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) at Whitefish Golf Course in Pierson. The format for the 5 scheduled conference events for the 2019 season is 18 holes of stroke play with 6 golfers playing for each team. The 4 lowest scores are tallied for the final team total leading to the conference standings.
The 10 teams participating in the first event of the season faced buffeting winds and temperatures in the low forties. Individual scores were up for all players including some of the most accomplished in the field due to the playing conditions.
Despite the challenging weather the Fremont Packers held their own placing 4th with a total of 402. Perennial powerhouse, Big Rapids finished first, (325) followed by Tri-County, (386) and Kent City (393) finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Conference teams Grant, 5th, Chippewa Hills, 6th, Central Montcalm, 7th, Reed City, 8th, Hesperia, 9th, and Lakeview, 10th round out the final standing.
Leading the Packers in individual play and placing 8th overall in the field was Wyatt Kaastra, Tyler Holmes, 10th , Noah Christiansen 19th, and Devin Poll, 28th Preston Osterhart, and Nathan Anderson also played on the Packer team.
The next conference date for the team is Tuesday, April 30th at the Brookside Golf Course hosted by Lakeview High School.
Kent City 5-16 Hesperia 0-3
The Panthers dropped a double header in Silver action tonight 5-0 and 16-3 to Kent City. Logan Balkema started game one and took the loss going 4 innings and surrendering three runs, with two of them unearned. Balkema struck out six and yielded six hits. River Montague was two for three for Hesperia.
In game two Kent City got the bats going against four Hesperia pitchers winning 16-3 in six innings. Jacob Klemundt was two for three at the plate for Hesperia. The Panthers dropped to 1-5 on the season and 1-3 in the Central States. Hesperia travels to Morley Stanwood on Friday.
The Lions split their CSAA Gold Tri-Meet last night. Newaygo defeated Grant 87-37 and fell to Central Montcalm 116-20. Their conference record is now 4-1 on the year.
Taking home some first place finishes for the Lions were Kendall Mathis (High Jump) Casey Deater (3200m), Malin Braennlund (1600m).
Coach Thomasma: "It had been over 2 weeks since we have competed in a track meet so we still aren't where we are going to be. I thought the girls competed pretty well. We had quite a few "PR's" from many different girls. We're looking forward to building on this at the Kent City Invitational on Friday."
Full results can be found here:
The Packers defeated both Big Rapids and Chippewa Hills in their Tri-Meet with a slew of PR’s in the sprints and sprint relays.
Corbin Wolfsen (Sr) won both the 110 High Hurdles and the 300 Int. Hurdles.
Wes Ekkel (So) won the high jump
Nathan Walker (So) won the 3200 run.
Full results can be found here - https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=375553&show=all