Manistee softball shows Hart no mercy

 

Manistee senior pitcher Sydney Arendt delivers during the first game of the Chippewas’ sweep of Hart in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Manistee senior pitcher Sydney Arendt delivers during the first game of the Chippewas’ sweep of Hart in a non-conference doubleheader on Thursday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

HART — Manistee softball earned its fourth-straight win on Thursday with a base running clinic against Hart.

The Chippewas won both games by mercy rule starting with a 10-0 win in five innings and a 23-1 thumping in four innings to improve to 5-3 on the season.

“Overall we really hit the ball well today,” Manistee coach Paul Maksym said. “I’ve been waiting for this. I know these girls can hit. We just got a big boost of confidence.”

Sydney Arendt controlled the game in all facets in the opener. She was only two batters away from earning a perfect game before a single from the Pirates ruined the day in the fifth inning.\

She pitched 5 innings and struck out 12 of the 16 batters she faced.

Arendt was 3-for-3 with 3 RBI on the other end, Sara Schaefer was 2-for-3 with an RBI, Madison Miller was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Erin Dorn was 1-for-2, Emma Witkowski was 1-for-1 with an RBI and Lyndsey Kelley was 1-for-2.

The second game offered more of the first with Manistee getting 17 hits in four innings of play. Of those 17 hits, three were home runs.

Arendt went 3-for-3 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI and Niki Zimmerman was 3-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI.

The rest of the team filled out the stat sheet too, starting with Miller who was 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, Cameron Edmondson was 1-for-2 with an RBI, Erin Vander Weele was 2-for-3, Dorn was 3-for-4 with two triples, Witkowski was 1-for-4 with an RBI, Sara Thompson was 1-for-1 with 2 RBI, Ashley Walle was 1-for-2 with 2 RBI and Kari Zimmerman was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI.

“Their defense looked good,” Maksym said. “Everybody was out there talking. It was just a good all-around game.”

Niki Zimmerman mirrored Arendt’s performance from the first game on the pitcher’s circle. She was the winning pitching in the nightcap where she went 4 innings, striking out 8 batters and allowing no earned runs.

“We had outstanding pitching today,” Maksym said. “Good pitching, good defense and base running. All around, we just played well.”

Maksym hopes the wins will give the team some momentum going into what could be the toughest stretch of the season. From next Tuesday to next Saturday the Chippewas will play nine games. They will cover 476 miles in five days across the state of Michigan. The week will begin on Tuesday at Muskegon Orchard View.

“This was a good boost,” he said. “We go into next week and we have nine games. We have a big week ahead of us. We were able to showcase some hitting and I expect to do well next week.”

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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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