Chippewa softball stomps Orioles

Manistee centerfielder Erin Dorn throws the ball into the infield during the Chippewas’ Lakes-8 doubleheader at Ludington on Tuesday. Manistee won the two games by scores of 12-0 and 18-4. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

Manistee centerfielder Erin Dorn throws the ball into the infield during the Chippewas’ Lakes-8 doubleheader at Ludington on Tuesday. Manistee won the two games by scores of 12-0 and 18-4. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

By KYLE KOTECKI

For the News Advocate

LUDINGTON — The Manistee softball team swept Ludington in a road doubleheader, winning 12-0 and 18-4 Tuesday.

“They’re conference wins,” said Manistee softball coach Ross Vander Weele. “That’s huge.”

In the opening game, MHS enjoyed a 4-0 advantage after two innings. Ludington was never able to answer back and the Chips cruised to a victory.

Erin Vander Weele paced Manistee’s offense, going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and four RBIs. Madison Miller chipped in by going 4-for-4 and drawing a walk while Erin Dorn finished 2-for-3 with a triple.

Sara Thompson toed the circle in game one, giving up five hits and no walks in her seven innings pitched. She tallied six strikeouts. The defense did an excellent job behind her.

“We had no errors,” Vander Weele said of game one. “It was good to get rid of those errors. We’ve been having a nagging little bit here and there. It’s good to play error-free.”

The Chippewa bats stayed hot in game two, and after a nine-run second inning, MHS hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs in the third inning and the game was called after five innings due to the mercy rule.

Erin Vander Weele finished game two batting 4-for-4 with three RBIs and one of the home runs. Emma Witkowski hit 3-for-4 with the other homer, and finished the game with four RBIs.

Erin Vander Weele pitched for the first time in her varsity career in game two, giving up six hits, seven walks and four runs while striking out seven in her five innings pitched.

Due to injuries and Witkowski needing a reprieve from pitching after throwing two games Monday, some players were shuffled around and were able to step up against Ludington.

“We had a player injured, not during the game,” Coach Vander Weele said. “She was out because of an injury during school today. … So we had to do some juggling of the lineup.”

The Chippewas have a scrimmage this week, and then will host the 350 Club Invitational tournament Saturday.

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