Crossroads softball drops a pair

Cougars fall twice to Manistee Catholic Central

MANISTEE — They’re both small schools with almost identical team colors and play in the same league.

One, however, is in its first season as a program while the other is coming off a Class D regional title.

The difference showed as Manistee Catholic Central rolled to West Michigan D sweep against Crossroads Charter Academy on Monday. The Sabers won both games 15-0, taking the opener in five innings and the nightcap in three, to extend their winning streak to nine straight.

Ashley Soller pitched the opener for the Cardinals while Kaela Brooks threw the second game. Brooks had CCA’s lone hit in the first game while Soller got the only one in the nightcap.

Given that it was Crossroads’ first season, there was a clear mismatch from the start, but MCC coach Dave Lijewski doesn’t expect it to remain so for long.

“They only had like five girls that ever played ball before.” he said. “I told (CCA coach Amanda Brown) I’m glad to see you at least have a program going now,” he said. “We support softball any way we can. I know they’re going to build stronger teams coming down the road eventually. Once the girls see how the game is being played, they pick up on it and they’ll be tougher next time around.”

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