Dard, Mohawks eye key wins in upcoming games

Tyler Dard

MORLEY — Senior Tyler Dard has played no small role in a strong Morley Stanwood baseball team this spring.

The Mohawks had an 11-1 and 8-3 doubleheader sweep over Central State Activities Association Silver Division foe Kent City. In the second game, Dard had three hits including a two-run homer to go along with three RBIs.

This marks Dard’s third varsity baseball season. Last season, the Mohawks were conference champs and had a strong overall record.

“I did pretty good but would like to improve and get better,” he said.

Dard has been a shortstop. He’s been wearing a strong glove. He might play some third base and is comfortable with his throws to first base.

Dard batted .300 last season. But he came into this year hoping to hit better.

“I have to learn from my mistakes and what I’m doing wrong and change it my next at bat,” Dard said.

The weather forced the Mohawks to spend a lot of time inside in April. But Dard was confident coming into this year.

“I think we can be good,” he said. “I think we can be conference champs again. We have lot of new guys, but we have talent. We have to focus on fundamentals.”

The Mohawks will play at Big Rapids today in the Tom Ryan Tournament. They are at White Cloud on Tuesday.

GIRLS SOCCER

Crossroads 3, McBain NMC 0

MCBAIN — CCA dominated the possession although it was 0-0 at halftime. “We knew we needed to make a few minor adjustments to see significantly better results,” CCA coach Sarah Cook said. “Senior Kiran Kaur opened the scoring on an unassisted shot deep in the right side just two minutes into the second half. Sophomore Jada Meeuwes tapped in a great goal off a jumble on a corner kick with 29 minutes to play. And junior Haylee Worrall sealed the win with a well placed direct kick near the 18-yard line with 18 minutes to go.”

CCA is 1-6-1 in the NMSL and plays again Monday at home vs. Cheboygan at 5 p.m.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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