Brethren baseball routs Crossroads twice; softball splits wild twinbill

 

Brethren senior Kameren Danks steals third base in the Bobcats’ 10-0 mercy-rule win over Big Rapids Crossroads in the first game of a West Michigan D League baseball doubleheader on Monday. Brethren also won the second game 12-0. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

Brethren senior Kameren Danks steals third base in the Bobcats’ 10-0 mercy-rule win over Big Rapids Crossroads in the first game of a West Michigan D League baseball doubleheader on Monday. Brethren also won the second game 12-0. (Scott Yoshonis/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Brethren baseball improved to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in West Michigan D league play with two mercy-rule, shutout wins over Big Rapids Crossroads on Monday.

Jake Riggs pitched a 1-hitter to pick up a 10-0 win in the opener and Kameren Danks completed the sweep with a 12-0 win in the nightcap. Both game ended after five innings.

Of the 15 outs that Riggs recorded in the first game, 14 of them came via the strikeout. He walked none, hit one batter and gave up just one hit in the contest.

“Literally as soon as a kid in the dugout asked me, ‘Hey coach, does he have a no-hitter?’ they got the hit,” Brethren head coach Roddy MacNeil said. “We just looked at him and said, ‘Are you kidding me?’”

Riggs went 2-for-3 at the plate with 2 runs scored, Danks had just one hit but stole three bases and Gavin Asiala had a single, double and a run scored.

Danks pitched the second game, giving up 2 hits and 2 walks striking out 5 Cougar batters.

Ethan Fischer went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 runs scored, Jalen Guenther had one hit, but got on three times, stole 2 bases, drove in one run and scored another, Jacob Cook knocked out a 2-run double and scored a run, Riggs went 2-for-3 with 2 stolen bases and a run scored, Danks had an RBI triple and scored 2 runs.

MacNeil said that his team is starting to use the stolen base as a major offensive weapon.

“As a team we’re starting to understand the game a bit more,” he said. “It’s great when you can combine that baseball knowledge and being aggressive on the bases. If you can be both aggressive and smart, it’s a huge advantage.”

But MacNeil said that his team’s baserunning is still something of a work in progress.

“There were a couple of innings today where we had opportunities to put up really big numbers, but made some dumb baserunning mistakes,” he said. “Guys being a little too aggressive for the situation, but that’s just April.”

Bobcats stay in WMDL softball race with split

BRETHREN — Brethren softball split with Crossroads in two very different games.

The Bobcats bats went flat in the first game, a 10-0 loss shortened to six innings by mercy rule, but then came alive in the second, a 21-18 win which was also shortened to six innings due to darkness.

“It was quite the event,” Brethren head coach Scot Modjeski said of the split, which left his team with a record of 4-2 overall, and 3-1 in West Michigan D League play.

The Bobcats could muster just six hits in the opener, two of them from Mary Voorhees. Whitney Dean, Brianna Pettinato, Lindsey Krizan and Taytum Myers had the others.

Brethren doubled their hit total in the nightcap, but did most of their damage as a result of bases on balls. Three Crossroads pitchers combined for 27 walks in the contest.

Voorhees again led the way at the plate, going 4-for-4 with 2 runs scored. Whitney Danks scored 4 runs, Krizan had one hit but scored 4 times, Pettinato went 3-for-3 with 3 runs scored and Myers crossed the plate 3 times on the game, which went back and forth before Brethren finally came out on top.

“Every time we got down, the girls found deep down in their heart that they wanted to play better,” Modjeski said. “They kept battling back; every time we got down we came back the next inning.”

Crossroads pounded out 21 hits in the six innings of the nightcap.

Modjeski said that the importance of winning the second game after falling to meekly in the first cannot be overstated for his team’s chances for a league title.

“That’s a big deal in the conference,” he said. “If we’d lost both games, we’d pretty much be out of it, we’d need help from other teams.

“We don’t play for another week, and it would have been tough to have (being swept) on our minds the whole time.”

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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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