Listen live online Tuesday via JoeInsider.com as Portage Central hosts Portage Northern in softball starting around 4 p.m. ET.
It’s their first meeting on the diamond since Portage Central’s 8-4 victory in the 2017 district tournament. Another district meeting potentially looms, as they would face off in the semifinal if Portage Northern dispatches Kalamazoo Central in the first round. The Mustangs and Huskies split last year’s doubleheader with a 9-2 PC win and a 10-9 PN win.
Portage Northern enters Tuesday’s games at 19-7 overall, 4-2 within the SMAC West. After dropping their doubleheader Tuesday against Division 2 top-ranked Lakeshore, the Huskies bounced back Thursday with a mauling of Loy Norrix.
Portage Central comes in at 10-9 and 2-2 in division games. On Tuesday, the Mustangs split a series at SMAC West foe Niles, then earned two non-conference wins Thursday at Jenison. Tuesday’s games will be their first action on their own diamond since their May 1 spit against Vicksburg.