Area Roundup: Coyotes swept in trip to Fifth Third Ballpark

MANISTEE — The last time Manistee Catholic Central took the field, the Sabers not only had their nine-game winning streak snapped, but dropped back-to-back games for their first losing streak of the season.

That slide never had a chance to get to three as MCC swept a West Michigan D League doubleheader against Baldwin on Monday. The Sabers won both games by mercy rule, taking the opener 15-0 in four innings and the second game 21-1 in three.

Baldwin had to play the majority of the series with just eight players — and no rightfielder — after third baseman Kyre Norman injured her knee during a second inning at-bat. She sat out the rest of that game, then had to start the second game and play a half inning before being removed because teams can’t start a game with only eight.

MAKE CONTACT: Baldwin’s Gracie Lemiux takes a big swing during Monday’s twinbill against Manistee Catholic Central. (Pioneer photo/Matt Wenzel)

“It’s unfortunate they had to finish with eight, but they had some really good sportsmanship,” Lijewski said. “Their girls played as hard as they could. Hats off to them.”

BASEBALL

Cadillac 3, 11,

Reed City 1, 1

The Reed City Coyotes just couldn’t get the bats going Monday night in a non-league baseball doubleheader, losing to Cadillac 3-1 and 11-1.

The games were played at Fifth Third Park, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Ryan Willis was the losing pitcher in the first game. Mike Schneidt had a hit and stole a base. Mike Barton and Ricky Droke also had hits.

The second game went only five innings.

Codie Strach was the losing pitcher. Schneidt had a hit and scored a run. Strach had two hits and an RBI.

“We struggled at the plate,” said Coyote coach Scott Shankel. “It was our third game in four days. They’ve played a lot of baseball lately. They didn’t seem ready to play (Monday).”

The Coyotes are home tonight against Lakeview in Central State Activities Association play and are at the Cadillac Tournament on Saturday.

Between Tuesday and Saturday, “we’ll have time to relax and take it easy,” Shankel said.

MCC 10, 13, Baldwin 2, 1

MANISTEE — The Sabers were given an opportunity on Monday and they didn’t waste it.

With Brethren splitting its series at Mason County Eastern, Manistee Catholic Central had a chance to move into a share of first place in the loss column in the West Michigan D League and did just that with a sweep against Baldwin at Rietz Park.

The Sabers (15-3, 9-1 WMD) took the opener 10-2 then competed the sweep with a 13-1 win in the nightcap that only lasted four innings when Baldwin elected not to continue playing, despite the fact it wasn’t a mercy-rule ended game yet.

SOCCER

Crossroads tops Kingsley

KINGSLEY — Crossroads Charter Academy scored 24 seconds into Monday’s match against Kingsley, but it would be the defense that stepped up in a 2-1 win on Monday.

A handball by Kingsley just seconds into the game resulted in a goal kick that Svenja Klais was able to convert to make it 1-0.

Kingsley tied the game up, scoring with just 17 seconds remaining in the half, however to make it 1-1.

The Cougars would score the game-winner, however, three minutes into the second half on a goal by Aubrielle Angell. The goal was assisted by Hanna Meads.

The Cougars are 8-4-2 on the year and have a chance to clinch the Northern Michigan Soccer League South division title at 4:30 p.m. today against McBain Northern Michigan Christian at home.

Big Rapids wins invite in Fremont

FREMONT — The Big Rapids girls occer team was crowned the champion of the Fremont Providence Christian Soccer Invitational on Saturday.

The Cardinals went a perfect 4-0 on Saturday, recording wins against Fremont Providence Christian, Manistee, Hudsonville Freedom and Leyland. During the tournament, Big Rapids scored 10 goals while giving up just three in four games.

Top points player for the Tournament was senior Erin Thompson, who scored six goals and added three assists including a cross from the right corner to junior Ashlen Bell for a header against the Leyland keeper.

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