PREP ROUNDUP: MCC baseball gets 1st wins of year in sweep at MCE

Brethren second baseman Abbie Rittenhouse throws to third during the Bobcats’ doubleheader with Suttons Bay on Thursday. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

Brethren second baseman Abbie Rittenhouse throws to third during the Bobcats’ doubleheader with Suttons Bay on Thursday. (Kyle Kotecki/For the News Advocate)

CUSTER — Manistee Catholic Central baseball ended its nearly two-year-long losing skid Thursday, sweeping a West Michigan D League doubleheader at Mason County Eastern by scores of 7-4 and 13-12.

The victories were the first for the program since head coach Blaise LaPrad resurrected the program after a 3-year hiatus in 2017.

“It was pretty exciting,” LaPrad said. “I almost expected a little bit of a letdown in the second game becuase they were so excited after the first game.

“We played pretty well today.”

Blake Johnson picked up the win on the mound in the opener, going all six innings giving up 4 earned runs on 5 hits, walking 3 and striking out 4 Cardinals.

Mateo Barnett led the way from the leadoff spot, going 3-for-3 and scoring three runs, and Nolan Fortier went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI.

In the nightcap, Fortier started on the mound, going three innings and giving up five earned runs while striking out 2. Adam Pierce came on in relief, pitching the final three innings and giving up five runs.

Andrea Marconi led the way at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a long double.

Eric Stickney had two hits and walked three times, scoring two runs, and Johnson and Joe Buswinka also had two hits each for the Sabers.

Bear Lake splits again, at Benzie Central

BENZONIA — One day after clinching the West Michigan D League softball championship, Bear Lake started its preparations for the upcoming districts with a doubleheader against Benzie Central’s JV team, and coming away with a split.

The Lakers won the first game 8-0 and lost the second 14-4 in five innings.

Hayley May took to the circle for the Lakers in the opener, allowing just two hits and striking out seven in six innings of work.

May helped herself at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and a triple, 3 RBI and a run scored.

Abby Cross had a hit with an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base, and Hailey Omar drove in a run with a hit and two stolen bases.

In the nightcap, Shaely Waller and Kalissa Swanson pitched for the Lakers.

Julie Schmidt banged out a triple and scored a run, May went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple and drove in a run, Swanson had a hit, drove in a run and stole two bases and Abby Newsom hit an RBI double in the game for the Lakers.

Bear Lake head coach Garret Waller said that playing the Huskies’ JV team the past couple of years has been a big part of the maturation process of his still-young team, but the series is probably at an end going forward.

“We’ve had good games with them for two years in a row,” Waller said. “These games don’t mean anything right now, I’m just getting some players some work while I can. It’s better than practice.”

Manistee tennis blanked by Orioles

LUDINGTON — Manistee’s girls tennis team finished its 2018 regular season with a 0-8 loss to Ludington in a Lakes-8 dual match Wednesday.

Katie Huber fell to Lille Cunic in the top singles flight, 6-1, 6-0, Jaelyn Thomas lost her second single match to Lindsey Holmes, 6-0, 6-0, Maddy Tabaczka fell to Alanna Patterson 6-0, 6-1 in third singles and Haley Harland lost her fourth singles match to Gaia Rossi 6-0, 6-0.

On the doubles side, Alice Fink-Jensen and Lauren Mikolajczak lost in the top flight to Kamryn Wallace and Karsyn Alexander 6-2, 6-4. Second doubles Trinity Herbert and Kellie Raczkowski lost to Ludington’s Erin Maltble and Anika Korendyke, 6-2, 6-0, Breanna Alexander and Camilla Rannisi fell in third doubles vs. Hailee Ward and Paighton Bentz, 6-0, 6-1 and Ava Bladzik and Emily Krolcyck lost to Maddie Strbich and Bella Vandenheuvel 6-0, 6-0.

“Even though the girls dropped all eight flights to an experienced team we saw a lot of great hitting on all the courts,” Manistee head coach Vicki Sheffield said. “This proved to be valuable preparation for our regional tournament on Friday in Traverse City.”

Brethren softball swept by Suttons Bay

BRETHREN — The Brethren softball team was swept in a home doubleheader against Suttons Bay, falling 14-0 and 19-7 in games shortened due to the mercy rule Thursday.

“In the first game we just made too many errors like we always do, but we had some really nice plays,” said Brethren softball coach Scot Modjeski.

Taylor Wendt and Heidi Lewis led the Bobcat offense in game one with two hits each. Kaia Richardson pitched, giving up 19 hits, five earned runs, and two walks while netting two strikeouts.

In the second game, the Brethren players started putting the ball in play and had a much stronger showing.

“We hit the ball and scored seven runs which is good,” Modjeski said. “It’s the most runs we’ve scored probably in the last six weeks, or eight weeks. It’s a good thing because we’re getting closer to Districts now, so if we can just keep that up it’ll be nice.”

Richardson pitched in game two, giving up 18 hits, only three earned runs, and five walks while striking out three. Mariah Pringle hit a double and a single, scoring twice and tallying two RBIs.

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