PREP ROUNDUP: MHS softball advances with 11-1 district win at Pine River

Manistee’s Amber Miller (9) defends Reed City’s Karlie Kearns (4) during the Chippewas’ 5-1 season-ending loss Tuesday night. (John Raffel/Pioneer Sports Network)

Manistee’s Amber Miller (9) defends Reed City’s Karlie Kearns (4) during the Chippewas’ 5-1 season-ending loss Tuesday night. (John Raffel/Pioneer Sports Network)

LEROY — Manistee advanced to its Division 3 softball district semifinal with an encouraging 11-1 win over district host Leroy Pine River on Tuesday.

Erin Vander Weele led the way at the plate with two hits, both doubles, and three RBI in the game, which Manistee shortened to six innings by mercy rule with a 5-run sixth inning.

Madison Miller and Cameron Edmondson each had two hits and scored two runs in the game, Ashley Walle had one hit but drove in two runs and scored two more and Erin Dorn crossed the plate twice despite going hitless in the contest.

Emma Witkowski picked up the complete-game win in the circle, allowing four hits, walking one and striking out seven. Three of those four hits came in the bottom of the sixth, when the Bucks scored their only run of the game.

“(We played) focused, quietly confident,” Manistee head coach Ross Vander Weele said. “We hit the ball. Everybody hit, top to bottom, everybody put the ball in play.”

With the win, the Chippewas advance to face Mason County Central in a Saturday semifinal at Pine River, for the right to play either Hart or Reed City for the district championship.

Sabers warm up for regionals

BEULAH — Manistee Catholic Central traveled to Champion Hill for a 9-hole match with Benzie Central in preparation for today’s Division 4 regionals, and defeated the Huskies 181-221.

Preston Picardat led the way with a score of 38, John Slivka and Nick Hansen each shot 44 and Blake Johnson rounded out the scorers with a 55.

The Sabers will play their Division 4 regional tournament today, hosted by Suttons Bay at the Grand Traverse Resort’s Wolverine Course.

Bobcats win 1st-ever soccer district game

BRETHREN — Brethren girls soccer made history Tuesday night in its first home district game ever, and made further history by picking up the first postseason win in program history, 7-0 over Mason County Eastern.

Megan Cordes scored five of the Bobcats’ seven goals in the game, and Solveig Saeternes and Kayla Conrad had one each.

Brethren keeper Kennadey Smith was not called upon to make a single save in the game.

“The first half, to be honest, started a little rough,” Brethren head coach Krystal Magee said. “We came out of the chute a little slow tonight, but I think part of that had to do with the (hot) weather.”

With the win, the Bobcats advance to a district semifinal matchup with Shelby at Big Rapids Crossroads on Thursday, May 31.

Chippewas end season in soccer district opener

REED CITY — Manistee scored first in its Division 3 soccer district quarterfinal at Reed City, but gave up five unanswered to fall 5-1 Tuesday night.

The Chippewas (7-6-2) got off to a dream start, when Maggie Blevins sent Tatum Liston in for a breakaway goal just 28 seconds into the contest, but that would be Manistee’s last goal of the season.

Chippewas head coach Jaclyn Trahan said that Reed City was simply faster as a team, especially at the outside midfield positions.

“The girls never gave up,” Trahan said. “They played hard. I don’t think the score reflects how well we played. They (Reed City) were a talented team, and we had a ton of chances at the end. I wish we could have capitalized on some of those, but as a coach I can’t ask for much more from the team.”

Manistee suffered a bit of a hit when their talented sophomore goalkeeper, Lauren Guenthardt, had to leave the game with an unspecified illness ten minutes into the second half. The Chippewas trailed 2-1 at that point, and the Coyotes scored three goals after that to run away with the somewhat deceiving win.

The team will look back on a season in which the program took a huge step forward, going from a 3-win campaign in 2017 to posting a winning record in 2018.

“This was a big transition year,” said Trahan, after her first season in charge of the program. “For a lot of them, trying to make a statement about the program in general, they’ve made statements in every, single game. They learned a lot. I am so blessed that I got to work with this specific group of girls, and that this team is the team I got to start off with.”

Manistee baseball falls in districts

LEROY — Manistee ended its baseball season Tuesday wth an 8-2 loss to Leroy Pine River in the first round of their Division 3 district tournament.

No other information was available at press time.

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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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