Mohawks can’t close the deal

Late-inning struggles lead to sweep by Hornets

MORLEY — Issues on the mound contributed to Morley Stanwood’s softball team being swept by Central Montcalm in conference action Friday.

LAY IT DOWN: Morley Stanwood’s Lindsey Veersma puts down a bunt during high school softball action on Friday. (Pioneer photo/Greg Buckner)

The Mohawks held a 9-5 advantage heading into the top of the seventh in the first game, but five runs in the inning on a blown save opportunity and no runs by the Mohawks in their last chance in the bottom of the inning left the squad with a heartbreaking 10-9 loss.

“I liked a lot about what we did in the first game,” Morley Stanwood coach Andrea Raven said. “We got a nice lead and executed some nice plays defensively. Our pitching was solid, and then it kind of got away from us little-by-little and we fell into some of the mistakes that we’ve made in the past. All-in-all, we took strides forward and that’s what we’ll focus on, but we need to learn how to finish a game like that.”

Kaci Garver took the loss after blowing the save opportunity after coming in for the top of the seventh, giving up five hits and striking out two. Brianna Wiersema pitched the first six innings, giving up seven walks and six hits while fanning five batters.

Offensively, Lindsey Veersma paced the Mohawks with three hits, two runs and a stolen base. Mekayla Carey recorded two runs and hits apiece, Jennie Kizer had two hits and an RBI, Wiersema tallied two hits, one being a double, two runs and a stolen base and Mackenzie Hoisington knocked in an RBI and scored a run.

The Mohawks started out the second tied with Central Montcalm 1-1 through the first three innings, but after falling behind 4-1 after five innings, Morley Stanwood gave up five runs in the sixth. The Mohawks managed to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but the sixth inning was too much to overcome and they came out with a 9-3 loss.

Mallory Raven took the loss for Morley Stanwood, going five innings and giving up two hits and striking out three. Veersma pitched the final two innings.

Kizer had two hits and runs apiece, Sam Carey scored two runs and had a hit and Veersma recorded two hits and scored a run.

“It was just too little, too late,” Andrea Raven said. “We had nothing to lose when you’re behind like that. I expect to see that kind of fight. I wasn’t surprised by that.”

Morley Stanwood (7-3, 7-3) competes at the Sanford Meridian Invite today.

 

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