Bear Lake softball sweeps MCC

 

Bear Lake pitcher Hayley May (7) tags out Manistee Catholic Central’s Natalie McLinden at the plate during the Lakers’ 14-4 win over the Sabers in the first game of a West Michigan D League softball doubleheader on Monday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Bear Lake pitcher Hayley May (7) tags out Manistee Catholic Central’s Natalie McLinden at the plate during the Lakers’ 14-4 win over the Sabers in the first game of a West Michigan D League softball doubleheader on Monday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Bear Lake softball made a statement on Monday night against county rival Manistee Catholic Central.

The Lakers finished both games early with a 14-4 win in the opener and a 20-2 win in the nightcap, both of which ended in five innings due to mercy rule.

Bear Lake coach Garret Waller struggled to find things to criticize on a Bear Lake team that kicked off its conference season.

“We still need to polish up when we get two strikes on us. We need to protect the plate better. We missed some signs and we made a couple of young mistakes that with more and more games will hopefully get out of them,” Waller said.

“All in all I like where we’re at right now.”

The Sabers started the first game well with Nicole Kaminski driving in two runs in the top half of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead, but that would be their only lead throughout the two games.

The Lakers pulled ahead 5-2 in the bottom of the first and were able to cruise home with a mercy-rule victory.

Lili Brown had one hit with two RBI, four runs and two stolen bases, Alyssa Eisenlohr went two-for-three with two runs and an RBI and Jenna Cross was two-for-three with two doubles, two RBI and a run.

Hayley May was the winning pitcher in the first game in which she pitched five innings, allowed five hits, no earned runs and had six strikeouts.

The Sabers were led by Sara Bialik in the first game. She was one-for-two with a double and a run. Kaminski also had two RBI in the first inning.

The Lakers started the second game like the first with five runs in the top of the first. Almost everyone got into the hit column en route to the 18-run victory.

Abby Cross was 3-for-3 in the second game with five runs and three steals. She was only a home run short of hitting for the cycle.

May was 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI, three steals and five runs, Zoey Sutton scored three runs and had four steals and Shaely Waller was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

“With every batter that comes up I think she is going to get a hit. That’s the good thing about our lineup,” Waller said.

May pitched a two-hitter over the five innings and struck out seven batters.

One of the Saber hits came from Ellie Slivka in the fourth inning and the other came from Liz Nelson in the first.

“I was proud of the way our girls played,” Waller said. “Hayley May pitched a heck of a game both times.”

Bear Lake (7-1, 2-0) will be back on Thursday against the defending West Michigan D League champions, Mason County Eastern at home.

MCC (0-3, 0-3) will be back on Thursday at Big Rapids Crossroads.

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Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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