PREP ROUNDUP: Chips split with Cardinals on the road

FROM STAFF REPORTS

PREP SOFTBALL

BIG RAPIDS — The Manistee softball team split its road doubleheader against Big Rapids Monday, winning 17-10 before falling 8-6 in game two.

Mackenzie Thompson took the mound in game one, striking out eight Cardinals.

The Chippewas tallied 23 hits in the first game, with Taylor Wilhoit leading the way by going 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Frankie Jans went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, Madison Miller finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and Thompson was 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Thompson gave up six hits and just four earned runs in the second game.

Manistee managed just eight hits in game two, with Sara Schaefer hitting her second home run of the season, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Emily Thompson and Kelsey Harrigan both went 2-for-4.

Bobcats fall on the road

BIG RAPIDS — The Brethren softball team lost a doubleheader to Big Rapids Crossroads on the road Monday, falling 4-3 and 11-7 in West Michigan D League play.

The Bobcats suffered from errors on offense in the first game and then errors on defense in the second game.

“The defense, however, did not have a single error in that first game,” said Brethren coach Chelsea Pennington. “You can’t ask for more on the defensive end. It is just a matter of working on the offense.”

Emily Modjeski went 1-for-3 with and an RBI in the first game while Taytum Myers was 1-for-2 with an RBI.  Kenzie Voorhees picked up the loss as a pitcher while striking out four batters, walking six and allowing seven hits.

Sophomore Mary Voorhees led the Brethren offense in the second game going 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs in the second game.

“Mary had a huge double hit that knocked in three runs with bases loaded. That was great to see for a sophomore stepping up like and trying to get her team pumped up,” Pennington said.

Modjeski went 2-for-3, Kaitlyn Parks was 1-for-4 with an RBI and Brianna Pettinato was 1-for-1. Kenzie Voorhees pitched the second game as well, striking out five and walking two in the loss.

Sabers plate 67 in sweep of  Panthers

BALDWIN — The Manistee Catholic Central softball team swept its road doubleheader Monday, defeating Baldwin 38-0 and 29-3 in West Michigan D League play.

The Sabers put up 22 runs in the first inning of game one and the mercy rule was implemented in the second inning after they scored 16 more.

Kaitlyn Heck paced the Sabers’ offense, netting two hits and four RBIs. Elizabeth Nelson had two hits and three RBIs and Maegan Sorenson had two hits and two RBIs.

Shelby Papes took the mound in the first game, netting three strikeouts and giving up just two hits.

The MCC bats stayed hot in game two, with Sorenson hitting a home run en route to five RBIs. Jodi Janowiak also hit a home run and finished with two hits and two RBIs while Nelson had a hit and two RBIs.

Janowiak pitched in game two, striking out six Panthers while giving up four hits and six walks.

Sabers split at T.C. Christian Tourney

TRAVERSE CITY — The Manistee Catholic Central softball team took part in the Traverse City Christian Spring Tournament on Saturday, falling 13-7 to Buckley before beating TCC 16-4.

Jodi Janowiak took the mound against the Bears, walking seven and striking out two.

Molly McLinden finished the game with two doubles, while Janowiak and Maegan Sorenson each hit a double of their own.

Janowiak had a much stronger showing against the Sabres, giving up just four hits while striking out seven.

Kaitlyn Heck had three hits and two RBIs, Elizabeth Nelson had two hits and two RBIs and Paige Picardat finished with two RBIs against TCC.

PREP BASEBALL

Chips swept by Cardinals

BIG RAPIDS — The Manistee baseball team was swept in its road doubleheader Monday, falling 14-6 and 6-1 to the Big Rapids Cardinals.

“We still struggled at the plate,” said Manistee baseball coach Troy Nezki. “Some of the guys at the top of our order are struggling a bit. I think they’re overthinking it. Hopefully this will break before we get to Pre-Districts.”

Spencer Helminski took the loss for the Chippewas in game one, giving up six earned runs on 15 hits and two walks.

Cameron Smith paced Manistee’s offense going 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Brian Polcyn went 1-for-4 with three RBIs and a double and Nolan Vander Weele finished 2-for-4 with a double.

“As a whole we played much better team defense,” Nezki said. “We did a good job of picking runners off, keeping their runners from getting to second base rather than making a pointless throw home — things we’ve been working on that help out.”

Ian Pinkerton threw for the Chippewas in game two, giving up five earned runs on nine hits and four walks.

Andy Oleniczak went 1-for-3 with an RBI double while Brandon Wick finished 1-for-4 with a double.

“We just need to get rid of the big innings,” Nezki said. “Most of the innings we played were good innings with no runs. … We have to get rid of those two or three big innings where things kind of snowball.”

Bobcats sweep Cougars

BIG RAPIDS — The Brethren baseball team kept rolling through the West Michigan D League Monday with a pair of wins over Crossroads Charter Academy,  dropping the Cougars 22-10 and 13-8 on the road.

The Bobcats (18-3-1, 8-0 WMDL) were led in both games by senior leader Jeremiah Best. Best pitched all six innings of the first game and struck out six batters while allowing nine hits.  He then went 4-for-5 from the plate with four RBIs, then topped it in the second game with a 3-for-4 performance with a home run and an RBI.

“Jeremiah has really been hitting the ball well since the conference games started,” said Brethren coach Logan Pennington. “I can’t complain about him going 7-for-9 on the day.”

Josh Riggs went 4-for-5 in the first game with three RBIs and a home run. He pitched the second game striking out eight batters in three innings.

3 comments on “PREP ROUNDUP: Chips split with Cardinals on the road

  1. avatarbigrivernancy

    Josh Riggs came into the second game pitching in the 3rd-6th innings freezing BRCCA’s scoring and allowing the Bobcats to move pass for the win. And yes in those 3innings of work he struck out 8batters and picked #9 off!

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