Scores and stats from this week’s varsity softball action from around Cass, St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties.
Vicksburg 7, Centreville 6 (Game 1)
The red Bulldogs and blue Bulldogs went back-and-forth, tied at 2-2 after the second inning. Vicksburg went up with a three-run third inning, then Centreville took control with two in the third and two in the fourth. Vicksburg tied the game in the fifth, then took the lead for good in the sixth on Hannah Vallier’s solo home run.
For Vicksburg, Payton Lewis hit two solo bombs and singled twice for two RBI and two runs. Kali Yant also delivered a solo homer and Tailynn Knapp scored twice. Centreville’s Joanna Larsen smacked a two-run long ball. Sabrina Spence had two RBI and Mckenzie Sheteron tallied three hits.
Vicksburg 11, Centreville 1 (Game 2)
Vallier shut down the high-powered Bulldog offense in game two, allowing only two hits and one unearned run over five innings, striking out four. Vallier also homered again, this time a three-run shot as part of a seven-run third inning. Remi O’Neill had two runs and three RBI via three singles. Camille Wadley and Rylie Richter both scored twice. Larsen had the lone Centreville run after getting a double.
Colon 11, Pennfield 5 (Game 1)
Colon took the lead with a four-run third inning and delivered the final blow with a five-run seventh. Brooke Hinkley led the Magi offense with three runs, three hits (one double), and two RBI. Brenna Fisher, Maddelyn Fisher, and Katie Walls all scored two runs each. Jade Richards and Desirae Martin each had two RBI.
Colon 23, Pennfield 7 (Game 2)
It looked more like a football score as the Magi unloaded for 21 hits and 10 walks drawn. Sydney Tomlinson doubled three times and singled for three runs and two RBI. Brooke Hinkley came home five times with two singles, a triple, and three walks, adding four RBI. Jade Richards had four RBI on four hits (two doubles) and two runs. Katelyn Walls had three runs with two doubles and two RBI. Maddelyn Fisher scored three on three hits. Four other players scored two runs.
Galesburg-Augusta 16, Constantine 15 (Game 1)
The Falcons jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the second inning, but fell behind after a 10-run fourth for the Rams. Constantine got nine more in the fifth and sixth innings, but two in the sixth and four in the seventh gave the edge to G-A. Halie Bowen’s RBI single brought in Jordyn Klimp for a walkoff win.
Leading the Rams were Makenzie Seiler with four runs, two hits, and three RBI. Bowen had four RBI, three hits, and two runs. Morgan Wallace and Sam Verburg both had three hits and two runs. Constantine had six RBI by Maria Buscher and four via Madi Tulley. Tulley, Kaylee Stears, and Brianna Herrick all scored three runs.
Constantine 19, Galesburg-Augusta 3 (Game 2)
The Falcons opened with a 10-run first inning and got the mercy rule after seven in the third. Macey Tulley racked up five RBI on four singles for three runs. Raigan Dumm, Herrick, and Sydney Balcom all scored three times.
(At Western Michigan University)
Portage Central 11, Loy Norrix 3 (Game 1)
A seven-run first inning put the Mustangs in control from jump street. Becca Cottrell scored thrice on a double and two walks. Megan VandeGiessen and Kaitlyn Brannstrom each scored two runs. VandeGiessen drew three walks and Brannstom added two RBI. Mackenzie Ruthven struck out five in her complete game. Jahzara Ademodi smacked a two RBI home run for the Knights. Cassidy Conley, Mikayla England, and Vanessa Pueblo all had two hits.
Portage Central 14, Loy Norrix 4 (Game 2)
Game two was a special one as Portage Central honored freshman shortstop Sophie Varney, who was diagnosed with a brain stem giloma in December. Since then, she has continued to start for the Mustang JV team. Varney was told she was to be with the varsity team as a substitute, but was surprised by her teammates who have been inspired by her braveness.
For the second game, both teams wore special uniforms with “Sophie Strong” emblazoned on the back. Varney also had her first-ever varsity start and scored after getting a second inning single. She scored again in the fourth inning after drawing a walk.
Portage Central took control with eight runs in the second inning. Elise Hayward hit a two-run home run. Ruthven tallied three hits, three runs, and three RBI. For Loy Norrix, Pueblo had a solo homer. Ademodi and Annie Mansfield also had two hit days.
Video by Mat Stutzman and Wes Morgan
(At Gull Lake)
Gull Lake 2, Lakeshore 0 (Game 1)
In a battle of top-five ranked teams, the Blue Devils had yet another dominant pitching performance by Lauren Esman. She tossed a one-hit shutout with striking out 12 and also added two hits and a walk offensively. Mandy Esman had a run, RBI, and single. Ashlee Kramer scored the other GL run.
Lakeshore 16, Gull Lake 1 (Game 2)
Game two was a different beast against two other Gull Lake pitchers, as the Lancers tallied 20 hits. They scored four runs in the first, then slowly added to the lead until finishing with a seven-run seventh. Savanna Disbrow had the lone Gull Lake run on two hits and a walk. Kramer picked up a single and double.
Niles 11, Kalamazoo Central 7 (Game 1)
The Maroon Giants had a 2-1 lead until the Vikings exploded with a six-run fourth inning. K-Central got three back in the fifth, but four in the sixth put the game away for Niles. Kendal VanDam had two hits for two RBI and a run. Stefanie Nizzardini added two hits for a run and RBI.
Niles 12, Kalamazoo Central 2 (Game 2)
It was a seven-run third in game two putting Niles in control. Nizzardini smacked a solo home run in defeat. Natalie Gross had the other KC run on a Marisol Zarate RBI single.
(At Dowagiac Union)
Vicksburg 12, Dowagiac 2 (Game 1)
Rylie Richter tossed a strong complete game win, striking out 10 with six hits allowed. Payton Lewis led the offensive with four runs, four singles, and three RBI. Richter added three RBI on two hits. Kelsey Diekman, Danielle Diekman, and Tailynn Knapp each scored twice. Dowagiac had two RBI from Greta Whitaker with a solo homer and single.
Vicksburg 14, Dowagiac 1 (Game 2)
Hannah Vallier had the strong outing in game two, allowing two hits with five strikeouts over five innings. She also led the team with three RBI, getting a home run and single for two runs scored. Kelsey Diekman added three hits, two runs and two RBI. Lewis, Knapp, Richter, and Camille Wadley all scored twice. Anna Dobberstein had the lone Chieftain run with a RBI for Jessie Hulett.
Edwardsburg 7, Sturgis 0 (Game 1)
Ashley Pion had the complete game shutout for the Eddies, scattering six hits with six strikeouts. Kaitlynne Allen scored three runs via two doubles and a single. Bailey Anson had a three RBI double. Alyssa Gearhart scored twice on two hits and a walk. Madison Peuschel had two hits for Sturgis.
Edwardsburg 4, Sturgis 3 (Game 2)
The Eddies scored solo runs in the first four innings. The Trojans added one in the fifth, then picked up a two-run home run in the seventh by Carrigan Carpenter. Sturgis couldn’t get one more though to tie the game. Edwardsburg saw six strong innings from Carly Tittle, allowing just an unearned run and six hits. Carpenter was the only player between the two teams with multiple runs or RBI, getting two of each.
The sweep keeps the Eddies atop the Wolverine Conference standings at 11-1, ahead of Three Rivers and Vicksburg, both at 11-3 after Tuesday’s results.
Three Rivers 13, Otsego 9 (Game 1)
The Wildcats opened with a four-run first inning, but found themselves tied at 6-6 after the third. They picked up four in the fourth and two more in the fifth for cushion. Kali Heivilin had a monster day at the dish, tallying five RBI, four hits (two doubles), and four runs Emma Thatcher (two hits) and Karalyn Eldridge (three hits) each scored thrice. Jessica Barnes and Erin Brady each had three hits. Not to be outdone, Otsego’s Kayla Merrill tallied six RBI on two bombs (one grand slam).
Otsego 7, Three Rivers 5 (Game 2)
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-1 lead after the second inning. Two in the third and two in the fifth gave TR the lead, but three in the bottom of the fifth was enough for a Bulldog win. For the Wildcats, Jessica Barnes had three hits (one homer) for three RBI and two runs. Emma Thatcher also scored twice. Otsego’s Hailey Vanderroest and Kendra VanderLugt each had homers and two RBI.
Lawton 9, Marcellus 2 (Game 1)
Six errors doomed the Wildcats hopes. The Blue Devils scored four runs in the third, then five in the seventh. Tessa Henry had both Marcellus RBI and Lillian Tone had two hits. Lawton’s Gabby Hall struck out nine and gave up seven hits in her complete game win.
Lawton 7, Marcellus 6 (Game 2)
Both scored three in the third inning, followed by a 5-4 Lawton lead after five. The Wildcats went up with two runs in the sixth, but Lawton answered with two in the seventh. Marcellus saw three hits (one double) and two runs by JoLeigh Small. Alison Lamoreaux also scored twice thanks to a double and two walks. Erin Morgan and McKenna Rogers each had two RBI.
Berrien Springs 7, Comstock 5 (Game 1)
The Colts tried to rally late despite only three hits for the game, getting all five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Amelia Hall had two RBI on a single. Madelyn Caswell scored and had a RBI on a double. Caswell also struck out six in a complete game effort.
Berrien Springs 9, Comstock 6 (Game 2)
The Shamrocks were ahead 6-5 after the fourth inning and added enough cushion late to survive. Comstock’s Chloe LaBrie scored twice on two doubles and had a RBI and stolen base. Abby House and Madison Lennon both had doubles. Berrien Springs had a mammoth game from Olivia Elliott, getting five RBI on a homer, double, and single
Bridgman 3, Parchment 2 (Game 1)
All of game one’s scoring came in the fifth inning. Parchment’s Jessica Dreier had six strikeouts and six hits allowed in her complete game. Dreier also had three singles and a RBI. Ashley Jankowski picked up two hits (one double) with runs from Maddie Reynolds and Grace Gostlin.
Bridgman 10, Parchment 8 (Game 2)
The Panthers entered the sixth inning with an 8-3 lead, but the Bees swarmed with a seven-run sixth for victory. Dreier had two hits and two runs. Emma Morseman added three hits (one double) for a run and RBI. Alli Geiger and Jankowski each had two RBI, Jankowski’s on a triple.
(At Howardsville Christian)
Howardsville Christian 10, Lake Michigan Catholic 9 (Game 1)
After matching each other back-and-forth, a four-run sixth inning gave the Eagles the edge. Trinity Hostetler scored three runs on a single and two walks. Cameron Jones-McNally and Grace Miller each had two runs, two hits, and two RBI. Kayla Hagenbuch and Elizabeth Kline each added two RBI.
Lake Michigan Catholic 10, Howardsville Christian 7 (Game 2)
It was 6-5 akers after the second inning, followed by a three-run third and control from there for LMC. For Howardsville, Hostetler, Jones-McNally, and Lilly Boyer all had two runs scored. Jones-McNally and Boyer both had two singles.
Burr Oak 18, Tekonsha 0 (Game 1)
Abby Greene had a three-inning no-hitter for the Bobcats with four strikeouts. Green also scored four runs with one double and two RBI. Andrea Nelson scored thrice, as did Zoe Lewis. Hanna Poley and Madison Jennett both scored twice. Despite the lopsided score, Burr Oak had only three hits. However, 18 walks was more than enough to bring the runs home.
Burr Oak 13, Tekonsha 2 (Game 2)
Tekonsha got both runs in the first, but the walks kept coming for the Bobcats in game two, drawing 14 free passes. Nelson and Lewis both scored three runs. Lewis tallied two hits (one double) and three RBI. Kieyrra Cook also had three RBI with a hit and run. Poley and Jennett scored twice each. Green allowed two hits and two unearned runs in her five-inning outing, fanning eight.
(At Battle Creek Central)
Portage Northern 19, Battle Creek Central 4 (Game 1)
12 of the 19 Husky runs came in the third inning. Sarah Budnick scored four runs, getting on base five times via three hits (one double) and two walks. Kennedi Stinnette and Autumn Nielsen both scored three times with four RBI by Nielsen (two doubles) and two for Stinnette. Emily Voss tallied three RBI. Rachel Budnick and Kaia Dolph both scored twice.
Portage Northern 17, Battle Creek Central 5 (Game 2)
PN started behind 2-0, but roared ahead with a six-run third inning and eight-run fourth. Rachel Budnick had three doubles and a single for three runs and four RBI, while also striking out 10 in her complete game. Stinnette tallied four hits, three runs, and two RBI. Dolph had three hits, three RBI, and two runs. Sarah Budnick added three RBI and two runs with two hits and two walks. Allie Wagner and Sydney Swinehart also scored twice each.
(At St. Joseph)
St. Joseph 15, Portage Central 5 (Game 1)
After a 2-2 first inning, the Bears assumed control on a six-run second inning. Megan VanderGiessen and Becca Cottrell both scored twice for the Mustangs. Kaitlyn Brannstrom added two hits.
St. Joseph 16, Portage Central 10 (Game 2)
The Bears picked up 20 hits with 12 hits for PC. St. Joseph jumped out to a 9-1 lead by the end of the third inning. The Mustangs put up six in the fifth inning, but the Bears matched in the sixth. Elise Hayward racked up seven RBI in defeat for PC with two home runs (one grand slam) and a double, scoring thrice. Madeline Grueter scored twice and Mackenzie Ruthven had three hits.
Gobles 4, Constantine 3 (Game 1)
The Tigers took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning. The Falcons tied the game in the top of the seventh, but Gobles was able to walkoff in the seventh. Charlee Balcom scored two of the Falcon runs with two hits each by Brianna Herick and Lydia Middleton. Middleton tossed a complete game with nine hits allowed.
Gobles 5, Constantine 4 (Game 2)
The Falcons had a 4-3 lead entering the final inning, but Gobles was again able to walkoff. Middleton pitched another complete game and drew three walks offensively. Kaylee Stears had two RBI on a single. The runs came via the Balcoms and the Tulleys.
Centreville 19, Cassopolis 2 (Game 1)
The Bulldog offense continued to roll with 16 hits, including six doubles. Scoring three runs each were Jaeden Blades, Makenzi Troyer, Joanna Larsen, and Kenleigh West Wing. Larsen and Olivia Deeds both had four RBI with three from Kaylee Trattles and West Wing. Caitlyn Steensma had two hits and two RBI for the Rangers.
Centreville 15, Cassopolis 0 (Game 2)
Makenzi Troyer allowed only one hit in a four-inning shutout, striking out six. Larsen smacked a grand slam, doubled, and singled getting three runs and four RBI. Deeds and Troyer also had homers with three RBI for the former and one for the latter.
Marcellus 13, Mendon 10 (Game 1)
Both offenses came out firing with a 6-5 Wildcat lead after the first inning. It stayed there until Marcellus put up five runs in the fourth. Both McKenna Rogers and Lillian Tone homered for the Wildcats with five RBI via Rogers and four by Tone. Erin Morgan scored three runs. Mendon’s Payton Griffith had was a homer short of a cycle, getting three runs and three RBI.
Marcellus 14, Mendon 4 (Game 2)
The Wildcats had a 4-0 lead after the third inning, followed by four from Mendon to tie the game in the fourth In the sixth, Marcellus exploded for a 10-run inning. Myia Riggs had four hits for two runs and two RBI. Morgan tallied three RBI on two hits. Tone, Tessa Henry, and JoLeigh Small all scored twice. Mendon’s Izzy Smith had three hits (one double) and Juliana Hagenbuch had two hits and two RBI.
(At NJCAA Division II District I Tournament, Sandusky, OH)
Jackson College 5, Kalamazoo Valley 1
Lansing 8, Kalamazoo Valley 0
The Cougars close their season at 24-20.