PREP ROUNDUP: Chips get home sweep of Spartans


MANISTEE — The Manistee softball team earned a sweep over the Mason County Central Spartans Thursday taking the first game 12-0 and then battling back in the second to win 19-6.

“The bats busted loose in the third inning and we scored 10 runs,” said Manistee softball coach Paul Maksym. “They didn’t give up. They were down 6-0 and they woke up.”

Mackenzie Thompson was on the mound in the first game for Manistee and struck out five batters and walked just one. 

In the first game, Sara Schaefer paced the Chippewas’ batters going 1-for-2 with two RBIs  and Taylor Wilhoit went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Manistee pitcher Nicole Zimmerman throws a pitch during the second game of a doubleheader with Mason County Central.  (Jared Buchholz/News Advocate)

Manistee pitcher Nicole Zimmerman throws a pitch during the second game of a doubleheader with Mason County Central.
(Jared Buchholz/News Advocate)

Nicole Zimmerman pitched the first two innings of the second game before Thompson relieved her for the win.

Thompson went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, Schaefer was 3-for-4 with two doubles, Kelsey Harrigan was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three steals and Megan Gutowski had a hit and two RBIs. 

The junior varsity Chippewas also got a sweep of the Cardinals wining 11-10 in an extra innings and 20-8 on the road.

Carley Schmeling pitched both games striking out seven in the first game and eight in the second.

Brittany Banks went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Manistee batters in the first game. Nine Chippewas had a hit in the second, led by Kelsey Sullivan’s 3-for-4 performance which included a double, triple and four RBIs.

Portagers sweep Cougars

ONEKAMA — The Onekama softball team got a pair of wins over the Big Rapids Crossroads Cougars at home on Thursday, winning 12-0 and 12-2 to earn the sweep in West Michigan D League play.

“We played good ball. Everyone had a lot of playing time and we had good rotation at all the positions,” said Onekama coach Rob Johnson. “We hit the ball really well again and the base running was solid again.”

Sydney Arendt was the winning pitcher in the first game, turning in a no-hitter with nine strikeouts. 

Hailey Kott led the batters in the first game with a 2-for-3 performance for a single and a double. 

Ashley Kubiskey pitched the second game for the Portagers and struck out eight while allowing just one hit. 

Tawny Kott and Shania Sediar led the Onekama batters by going 2-for-3 with a double and a single. Kubiskey went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.


Chips swept by Spartans

MANISTEE — The Manistee baseball team was swept by Mason County Central in a home doubleheader Thursday, falling 13-1 and 19-9.

“I thought we put the ball in play better than we have,” said Manistee coach Troy Nezki. “We just tended to run ourselves out of some scoring opportunities.”

The first game saw Cameron Smith give up 10 hits and four earned runs in five innings pitched. Jakob Nezki hit 1-for-2 with an RBI.

In game two, Spencer Helminski took the loss, pitching three innings and allowing two earned runs on six hits. Ian Pinkerton pitched in relief and gave up 12 earned runs on 14 hits in three innings. Pinkerton batted 2-for-4 with three RBIs.

Portagers rally for sweep of Cougars

ONEKAMA — The Onekama baseball team got sweep over West Michigan D League rival Big Rapids Crossroads at home on Thursday, winning 14-7 and 18-3.

“We had to overcome a lot of challenges tonight,” said Onekama coach John Neph. “In the frist game we had a 5-1 lead then we gave up five runs in an inning. We calmed ourselves down and won. But in the second game we got to a 5-0 lead then they got back in the game.

“It was a tight game, then we went boom.”

The Portagers plated 13 runs in the final two innings of the second game to secure the win.

Randy Pienta pitched the first game and struck out seven batters.

Jon Acton had three hits and two RBIs, while Hunter Morley had three RBIs.

Joseph McCarthy and Cole Verrett pitched the second game for the Portagers with McCarthy stiking out a batter.

Josh Emery and Jon Eno each had two hits for the Portagers while Verrett and Eno added four RBIs apiece and McCarthy one.


Lakers take second at the Highlands

BEAR LAKE — The Bear Lake Lakers took second at a home tri-match with Frankfort and McBain on Thursday.

The Lakers’ 232 topped McBain’s 292, but was well behind Frankfort’s winning score of 192.

Taylor Makowski led the Lakers with a 49, while Josh McPherson shot a 58, Sophia Veneklasen shot a 62 and Yuki Babinec a 63.

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