PREP ROUNDUP: MCC wins 2018 WMDL boys track championship

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CUSTER — Manistee Catholic Central is the 2018 West Michigan D League boys track champion for the first time in school history, after taking second place at the WMDL championship meet at Mason County Eastern on Monday.

One year after reviving the program with just six athletes, MCC coach Gabe Wise said that the win was extremely satisfying.

“It feels amazing,” Wise said. “These kids worked hard all season, and they deserve it. All credit goes to them, they went out there, worked their tails off and they did it.”

The Sabers won three events at the meet, two of them by Mason Callesen, who took first in both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

Due to the meet being hand-timed, accurate times were not available at press time.

Andrea Marconi, Joe Buswinka, Mateo Barnett and Keeton Capling won the 800-meter relay for MCC, who amassed 123 points at the meet, just shy of Walkerville’s 131.

 Marconi, Barnett and Justin Stickney finished 2-3-4 in the 400-meter dash.

The Sabers won the overall league title based on winning the other WMDL jamborees.

Brethren finished fourth in the meet, good for third place in the final league standings.

Logan Tighe had the Bobcats’ best result of the meet, winning the high jump after clearing 5’4”.

Brethren garnered second-place points in three of the four relays, with Tighe, A.J. Beldo, Gavin Asiala and Hunter Guminey in the 400, Tighe, Asiala, Nick Kemler and Jake Riggs in the 1600 and Eric Grismore, Justin Kissling, Skylar Wojciechowski and Troy Macurio in the 3200.

“We finished fourth, but we were within coughing distance of second or first,” Brethren head coach Kyle Griffin said. “Our relays PR’ed by three or four seconds each today. They were already sitting on the edge of medaling at regionals, but now its pretty firm.”

On the girls side, Brethren finished fourth and MCC sixth at the meet.

Brethren won two events, Alexis Tracy in the 3200-meter run and the 800-meter relay team of Emily Agster, Megan Cordes, Eleni Guenther and Meggan Macurio.

MCC’s best result was in the high jump, where eighth-grader Josie Pienta-Ziehm paced second, clearing 4’4”.

Laker softball drops 2 at GTA

TRAVERSE CITY — Two days before their de facto West Michigan D League softball championship games, Bear Lake dropped two non-league contests to Grand Traverse Academy on Monday.

The Lakers fell 10-5 in the first game and 9-7 in the second to drop their record to 14-3 on the season.

Hayley May pitched all five innings of the opener, giving up 9 hits but only one earned run thanks to no fewer than 8 fielding errors behind her.

At the plate, May went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Hailey Omar also went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, Shaely Waller had two hits, a stolen base and a run scored and Abby Cross had a 2-run home run in the game.

The Lakers amassed 10 hits in the game, but could not overcome their fielding miscues.

“We just flubbed it around, and that’s not good,” Bear Lake head coach garret Waller said. “If we play like that Wednesday, It’s not going to go well for us.”

Shaely Waller pitched the nightcap, in which Bear Lake cut their error total in half.

Waller gave up 10 hits, 4 earned runs, walked one and struck out 5 in the circle, and helped her own cause with 2 hits, 2 rins scored and a stole base.

Cross had another home run, this one inside the park, Alyssa Eisenlohr had a hit, 1 RBI and 2 stolen bases.

The league title will be on the line for the Lakers on Wednesday in a doubleheader at second-place Mason County Eastern, where one win clinches the outright championship.

“Hopefully, this is a wake-up call,” Waller said. “We were glad to get a very competitive team two days before we have to play Custer, and I think they’re going to be similar, talent-wise. If we clean it up in the field, we should be able to take one (game), at least.”

Manistee softball sweeps WMC

MUSKEGON — Manistee swept is Lakes-8 softball doubleheader at Muskegon Western Michigan Christian Monday, and did so in convincing fashion, winning by scores of 12-0 and 19-6.

Emma Witkowski pitched both games for the Chippewas, giving up 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5 in the opener.

At the plate, Cammi Edmondson went 2-for-3 and an RBI, Kari Zimmerman also had 2 hits and an RBI in 3 trips and Madison Miler went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.

In the nightcap, Witkowski gave up 6 runs on 6 hits, 3 walks and struck out 2.

Miller had a bizarre play in her first at-bat in the second game, when she was rounding third on what should have been an inside-the-park home run.

But no. On the way home, the umpire got in the way, and so Miller was knocked to the ground and tagged out. The play deprived Miller of hitting for the cycle, as she had a single, double and triple in her other three at-bats in the game.

Happily, the umpire’s gaffe had no effect on the result of the game. Edmondson went 2-for-3, Sara Schaefer went 2-for-4 and Erin Vander Weele had a home run in the contest, which was abandoned after 5 2/3 innings due to lightning.

Next up is another Lakes-8 road doubleheader, today at Ludington.

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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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