Kalamazoo Christian downed Mendon 8-2 in Saturday’s regional softball semifinal at Decatur, but fell in the championship to Bridgman 5-1.
In the semifinal game, the Comets scored three runs in the second inning, two in the third, two in the fifth, and one in the seventh. The Hornets were held to single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Zoe Hazelhoff had 13 strikeouts over 6.1 innings for K-Christian, allowing only three hits, two walks, and one earned run. Mendon’s Lauren Schabes over the complete game gave up 15 hits, eight earned runs and two walks with four strikeouts.
Offensively, KC’s Nyla de Jong had four hits and two RBI. Maegan Meldrum homered and doubled for three RBI and one run. Holland DeVries had three RBI and two runs off two doubles. Faith Kline scored twice on two doubles.
For Mendon, Anna Smith had two hits, including a solo home run. Kara Swan had a double and run. The Hornets finish 31-5 overall with the defeat.
Bridgman would rout the host Decatur 10-0 to set up the championship game between the Comets and Bees. K-Christian’s lone run was scored by Nyla de Jong in the fourth inning. Bridgman had three in the third and two in the sixth.
Hazelhoff allowed eight hits, five runs (three earned), and one walk with five strikeouts for the Comets. Bridgman’s Natalee McNeil surrendered only three hits, one earned run, and two walks with eight strikeouts. Arie Hackett and Elise Schmaltz each scored twice.
Kalamazoo Christian finishes the season at 17-21. The Bees win their first regional softball title since 1994 and play in Tuesday’s quarterfinal at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.