Portagers sweep Bobcats, clinch WMDL title

 

BRETHREN — Onekama and Brethren finally completed their softball season with a twice-postponed doubleheader on Tuesday, which the Portagers swept 9-1 and 11-3.

The wins give Onekama a final record of 27-6 overall, the most wins in the history of the program, and completed a perfect 12-0 West Michigan D League season.

“We really handled some teams in the conference with authority this year,” Onekama coach Rob Johnson said. “It’s exciting to be a part of, it’s neat going to the gas station in the morning for your coffee and hearing people talking about Onekama softball.”

The first game was tied 1-1 going into the fourth inning, but the Portagers blew it open in that frame, scoring 5 runs, keyed by Shania Sedlar’s 2-run double.

Brethren coach Chelsea Pennington said that she liked what she saw from her team at the beginning of the twinbill.

“In the first game, we came out really well, we were tied 1-1 up until that fourth inning,” Pennington said. “That was great to see against Onekama, they have seven seniors, they’re a great team. It was nice for those four innings to see that they could hang with a team like that.”

Madeleine Smeltzer blasted her sixth and final home run of the season in the game, which Ashley Kubiskey pitched, giving up 6 hits and one walk and striking out 7 Bobcats.

The Portagers jumped out early in the nightcap, scoring 5 runs in the first inning and cruising from there.

“It was kind of an interesting night,” Johnson said. “Our bats really came to life.”

Sydney Arendt went 4-for-4, Hailey Kott, Alyssan Clarke and Kaylor DeWitt each had two hits and Tawny Kott was hit by pitch three different times in the second game, which dropped Brethren to 8-22 for 2015.

Pennington said that her team can improve that record dramatically if they just believe that they can.

“If you look at our baseball team, they knew that they were good, they knew they had a good team, and the girls need to see that in themselves,” she said. “I give them everything I can to help them succeed, but knowing that they can do it has to come from them.”

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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