Manistee softball wins 350 Club tourney

 

Manistee’s softball team poses with the trophy it earned by winning its own Chippewa 350 Club Invitational tournament on Saturday. The Chippewas downs local rivals Ludington 7-4 and Benzie Central 11-0 to win the tournament title. (Courtesy photo)

Manistee’s softball team poses with the trophy it earned by winning its own Chippewa 350 Club Invitational tournament on Saturday. The Chippewas downs local rivals Ludington 7-4 and Benzie Central 11-0 to win the tournament title. (Courtesy photo)

MANISTEE — Manistee softball proved somewhat rude hosts of its own Chippewa 350 Club Invitational tournament on Saturday.

The Chippewas downed arch-rival Ludington 7-4 and future district opponent Benzie Central 11-0 to send the visitors away empty-handed and earn its second tournament title of the season.

Previously, Manistee brought home the hardware from a tournament at Leroy Pine River on May 6.

Along with the tournament title, the Chippewas continued an impressive run of 13 wins in their last 14 games.

Manistee head coach Paul Maksym said that his team played very well in the two games, in which his batters combined for 20 hits.

“We played an error-free game against Benzie, and that’s kind of what we’re looking for going into last week of the season,” Maksym said. “The team is looking good.”

Niki Zimmerman started the tournament in the circle for the Chippewas, but lasted just two innings against Ludington. Zimmerman gave up all four runs in those two innings, although only two of them were earned.

“She just didn’t have it, for whatever reason,” Maksym said. “She pitched Friday, so it could have been because of the back-to-back games.”

Sydney Arendt came on in relief and shut the Orioles down the rest of the way. Arendt struck out 6, walked none.

Erin Vander Weele led the way at the plate against Ludington, going 3-for 4 with 2 RBI, Arendt helped her own cause with 2 hits and 3 RBI in 4 trips, Zimmerman went 2-for-2 and Madison Miller had a hit in the game for the Chippewas.

Arendt pitched a gem in the second game against Benzie, which was shortened to four innings due to rain. Arendt faced the minimum number of batters, 12, in the contest, giving up one hit. That lone Husky batter who made it to first base was subsequently erased when Miller gunned her down trying to steal second.

Arednt struck out 6 and walked none.

Miller went 2-for-4 at the plate, Vander Weele went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI, Arendt had a hit and drove in 2 runs and Zimmerman and Emma Witkowski each had one hit and drove in a run.

Arendt is hitting .500 for the season thus far, Maksym said, and Vander Weele’s batting average is .470.

After coming away from its two games against Mason County Central on Friday with two wins in a somewhat subpar outing, Maksym said his team was much more sharp on Saturday.

“I was pleased with both performances,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Manistee will begin its postseason against Benzie Central on Tuesday, May 30. The winner of that game will advance to a district semifinal at Traverse City St. Francis against Grand Traverse Academy on Saturday, June 3 for the right to face either Kingsley or St. Francis for the district title.

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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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