Three Rivers was in a groove Wednesday and capitalized on Mendon’s 12 errors for 11-1 and 10-3 softball victories at home.
The first game served as a St. Joseph County Tournament first-round contest. Kylee Nash threw all five innings with four hits allowed for the Wildcats. She fanned eight Hornets and walked three.
Halle Carpenter finished with two hits and two RBIs, and Karalyn Eldridge (double), Tessa Hawkins, Nash (double), Amy Jo Tavernier and Aislyn Sternbergh singled. Nash and Carpenter drove in two runs apiece, and Eldridge, Jessica Barnes and Tavernier each had an RBI. Eldridge, Tavernier, Sternbergh and Libby Judsen all stole two bases for Three Rivers. Nash had one as well.
Cassie Plummer took the loss for Mendon. Lauren Lash, Amaijha Bailey, Juliana Hagenbuch and Kennedy Hawkins had hits for the Hornets.
Barnes was the winning pitcher in Game 2 after working 3 1/3 innings with two hits allowed. She struck out four and walked one. Nash finished things off with three hits allowed, three strikeouts and a walk over the final 2 2/3 innings.
Hannah Duchene scattered 12 hits and was responsible for eight earned runs in the loss. She sat down four Wildcats and walked one.
Barnes homered for the Wildcats as part of a two-hit, four-RBI performance at the plate. Emma Thatcher was 3-for-4, Nash had a pair of singles, Tavernier doubled and singled, and Carpenter, Hawkins and Sternbergh (triple) registered one hit each.
Nash, Carpenter and Tavernier all drove in a run, and Tavernier (two) and Nash stole bases.
Plummer singled twice, and Hagenbuch, Duchene and Cierra Nightingale had base hits for the Hornets. Plummer and Lash drove in runs. Nightingale and Plummer both swiped a base.
Photos by Nicci Plummer