Brethren, Onekama split softball doubleheader

 

Onekama pitcher Zoe Morley delivers during the Portagers’ 12-11 win over Brethren in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Onekama pitcher Zoe Morley delivers during the Portagers’ 12-11 win over Brethren in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Neither Brethren nor Onekama softball could claim Class D county bragging rights after splitting two 1-run games in their non-league doubleheader on Wednesday.

The Bobcats took the first game 10-9 and the Portagers won the second 12-11.

Whitney Dean picked up the win in the circle in the opener for Brethren, giving up 2 earned runs on just 2 hits but walking 7 and striking out 5, in a game in which the Bobcat defense committed 5 errors.

Taytum Myers led the way at the plate for Brethren, going 3-for-5 with 3 runs scored including the winning run, which was forced home on a bases-loaded walk to Whitney Danks to end the game. Mary Voorhees and Abby Rittenhouse each had 2 hits and Brianna Pettinato also had 2 hits and also scored twice.

Hanna Hughes picked up the loss for Onekama, coming on in relief of starter Zoe Morley and pitching the last 5 1/3 innings giving up 9 hits and 7 walks while striking out 3.

“I saw a lot of good things,” Brethren head coach Scot Modjeski said. “The girls were being patient at the plate, taking a lot of balls, not swinging at bad pitches, so that was good to see.

“It was two close games between two good teams.”

Morley pitched a complete-game victory in the nightcap, giving up 5 hits and striking out 7 Bobcats.

The Portagers crossed the plate 8 times in the second inning, and scored 4 more in the third, but Brethren mounted a late comeback, scoring three runs in the final inning, but came up short, stranding the bases loaded at the end.

Hughes and Katie Sidor each went 3-for-4 in the second game.

Onekama head coach Rob Johnson said that his young team’s defense has improved noticeably over the course of the season.

“The last few games that we’ve had, our errors have been cut down tremendously,” Johnson said. “We’re starting to realize where we need to be on the diamond, and when we need to be there.”

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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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