Chippewa Hills softball cruises to 14-1 win over Big Rapids to advance to district semifinals

Warriors move on to the next round of districts with win over Big Rapids

HOWARD CITY — The high school softball postseason started on Tuesday, but for Chippewa Hills, it was business as usual as the Warriors continued their winning ways with a 14-1 win over Big Rapids in Tri-County in a pre-district contest after winning the Central State Activities Association (CSAA) title  Friday.

ON WATCH: Chippewa Hills’ Brooke Lewandowksi watches the ball leave her bat during a Division 2 pre-district softball game against Big Rapids on Tuesday at Tri-County High School. The Warriors secured a 14-1 victory to move on to a district semifinal matchup with Tri-County on Saturday. (Pioneer photo/Daine Pavloski)

ON WATCH: Chippewa Hills’ Brooke Lewandowksi watches the ball leave her bat during a Division 2 pre-district softball game against Big Rapids on Tuesday at Tri-County High School. The Warriors secured a 14-1 victory to move on to a district semifinal matchup with Tri-County on Saturday. (Pioneer photo/Daine Pavloski)

The Warriors (23-7) scored 12 runs through the first three innings and picked up the 10-run mercy victory after the Cardinals (10-17) were unable to add any runs in the fifth.

Cassidy Johnson took the pitching win for the Warriors, throwing two strikeouts and surrendering one run in a complete-game effort. Lottie Halm led the offense with a single, double and triple while Olivia Wolfe and Rachel Lobert both tallied two singles apiece in the win with Kendall Boone chipping in a double.

“We’ve talked about just being ready and just playing one game at a time,” Chippewa Hills coach R.D. Denslow said. “There’s no doubleheaders any more. You can’t wait around and we showed that (Tuesday). We really struck the ball (Tuesday). They hit their way around and we made some plays against Big Rapids.”

Rachel Hendrick took the loss for the Cardinals, giving up 12 runs on seven hits in three innings of work. Cara Jensen came in for the final inning, giving up two runs on two hits. Kelly Taylor had a double while Kayla Chamberlain had a triple and the lone RBI for the Cards in the season-ending setback.

“Overall, it was a great season,” Big Rapids coach Darcy Balahoski said. “They did very well and made huge strides. We can’t complain. Obviously we want a different outcome, but it’s OK. It was a good season.”

The Warriors move on to play Tri-County on Saturday at noon in a district semifinal matchup against the host school.

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