Bobcats drop 41-run finale to Cardinals

CUSTER — Losing 20-0 in just three innings was not the ideal way for Brethren to end its season.

After getting mercied by Manistee Catholic Central in a Division 4 district quarterfinal last week, the Bobcats got a another chance. And although Brethren was swept in a West Michigan D League doubleheader at Mason County Eastern Wednesday, the Bobcats showed a lot more life in the make-up series.

MCE won the opener 10-3 before pulling out a 26-15 five-inning mercy in the second game. The Cardinals’ season will continue in a regional semifinal Saturday against North Muskegon while the Bobcats are done after at least putting the bat on the ball.

Brethren’s Siarra Lopez throws a pitch during Wednesday’s second game against MCE. (Matt Wenzel/News Advocate)

Brethren’s Siarra Lopez throws a pitch during Wednesday’s second game against MCE.
(Matt Wenzel/News Advocate)

“When we hit the ball,” said Brethren coach Chelsea Pennington, “they’re base hits every time, they’re not little dribblers.”

MCE (10-13, 9-3 WMD) scored six runs in the second inning of the opener and Brethren (7-13, 5-6 WMD) was never able to threaten. The Bobcats managed just two hits off MCE pitcher Tammy Campbell. Siarra Lopez had a single and RBI, Mackenzie Voorhees singled and Taytum Myers scored two runs.

Lopez took the loss after allowing four earned runs while walking four and striking out four.

The 41-run second game started, appropriately, with an eight-run first inning.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Bobcats answered with three in the bottom of the first, starting with Emily Modjeski’s RBI single. MCE scored two in the second, but Brethren answered with 11 in the bottom of the inning after sending 15 batters to the plate.

Lopez, who finished the game 3-for-4, had two hits and three RBIs in the inning, Jamie Alfrejd doubled in a pair of runs and Sarah Wayward had a two-run triple.

“We have a team that can hit, it’s just getting them to know they can do it every game, every inning,” Pennington said. “So knowing we can hit, we can take that away for next year.”

Brethren’s 14-7 lead didn’t last long as MCE responded with 15 in the top of the third.

“The bottom of the second and top of the third, if we both could throw that page away, I’m sure we would be happy to,” said MCE coach Bill Cole. “It was ugly for both teams.”

MCE added three in the fourth and one in the fifth en route to the mercy.

Modjeski, Alfrejd, Kaitlyn Parks and Wayward all finished with two hits while Mary Voorhees, Lindsey Krizan and Mackenzie Voorhees all had one hit.

Lopez took the loss in her final high school game after allowing 16 earned runs on 19 hits and seven walks to go with five strikeouts.

“She was hurt and she pulled something the first game, but she asked if she could pitch the second game,” Pennington said. “She’s been a leader all season, so I’m not going to tell her no. I let her go.”

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