PREP ROUNDUP: Sabers sweep T.C.C. Sabres


TRAVERSE CITY — The Manistee Catholic Central softball team swept Traverse City Christian in a doubleheader Thursday, winning 14-3 and 8-5.

Shelby Papes took the mound for the Sabers in game one, giving up two hits and striking out eight batters in four innings. Kaitlyn Heck struck out four and gave up two hits in two innings of relief.

“(Papes) did really well and really did shut them down in the first game,” said MCC softball coach Karen Wrzesinski-Goodman.

Jodi Janowiak had three RBIs and two steals, Paige Picardat had three RBIs, Papes scored three runs with two hits and two walks and Maegan Sorenson had two RBIs with two hits and a steal.

Sorenson paced the Sabers’ offense in game two with three hits, two steals and two runs scored. Elizabeth Nelson chipped in with two RBIs and a run, while Picardat and Papes both had an RBI and a run scored.

“We were kind of in a dead heat until the fifth inning. We were tied to start the sixth and the girls got four hits in the last inning and that just secured the win for us.”

Papes went the distance from the mound in game two, giving up six hits and striking out seven.


Chips top field in Muskegon

MUSKEGON — The Manistee golf team got to taste victory at the Lincoln Golf Club in Muskegon on Thursday and even got a little bite of revenge.

The Chippewas shot a 153 to top North Muskegon’s 162 and atone for a loss to the Norsemen in Ludington on April 24. 

Muskegon Catholic Central shot a 196 to take third.

“We went down with a goal and we accomplished it,” said Manistee coach Mike Swanson.

The Chippewas boasted the meet’s medalist in senior captain Blake Davis who led the field with a one-under 35. Fellow senior-captain Matt Simmons shot a par 36 while Will Shriver shot a 40 and Hunter Lindstrom a 42 for the Chippewas.

Connor Mrozik shot a 43 and Eric McElrath a 44 for Manistee, though they did not factor into the team score.


Chips fall to Pirates

HART — The Manistee girls soccer team fell victim to a second-half surge by the Hart Pirates on Thursday, falling on the road 5-1 after being tied at halftime.

“I though we played well against them,” said Manistee soccer coach Rudy Guillen. “They came around in the second half and popped in two goals in a couple minutes and I think that kind of put the skids on us a bit.”

Manistee’s Sophie Shriver scored the game’s first goal on a penalty kick at 22:10 of the first half.

“She is a player,” Guillen said. “Sophie just knows what to do with the ball. We do penalty kicks just about every practice and she has such a sweet shot with it.”


Bobcats fall to and tie with Sabres

TRAVERSE CITY — The Brethren baseball team lost to the Traverse City Christian Sabres, 13-9, before ending the second game early with a 12-12 tie on the road Thursday.

“The first game, we came out really flat,” said Brethren coach Logan Pennington. “We had those five errors and that’s what killed us. We were down on ourselves. We just never really got back into it.”

The bats were working for the Bobcats in the first game as both Tyler Dean and Jeremiah Best smashed home runs. Best brought in two runners with a 2-for-2 performance. Josh Riggs went 2-for-3 with a triple. 

Best also worked the mound for the first three innings and struck out six batters while allowing four earned runs.

Kameren Danks finished the game by striking out three batters and allowing three more runs.

Dean pitched the second game and struck out three batters before the game was called because of darkness. 

Best stayed sharp from the plate with a 3-for-3 performance with and RBI and Michael Pettinato went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple.

“We are still hitting the ball, but we just came out flat today,” Pennington said.

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