CCA softball falls in district title game

Cougars top Baldwin in opener, lose to MCE in championship game

CUSTER — Mason County Eastern defeated Crossroads 14-1 in the Division 4 district title softball game on Friday.

In Crossroads’ loss to MCE, Cassie Cole was the losing pitcher. She struck out four batters. Kayla Brooks had two stolen bases. Cindy Balstitis and Judy Vandersloot both had singles.

“We were down 3-0 going into the fifth and were playing good defense,” Crossroads coach Amanda Brown said. “MCE put the game away in the late


Crossroads defeated Baldwin 19-1 in the semifinals to advance to the title game.

Cindy Balsitis was the winning pitcher against Baldwin, striking out three in three innings.

“We hit the ball very well in that game,” Brown said.

Megan Soller scored two runs and had a hit and stole two bases. Kayla Brooks had a single and three stolen bases. Balsitits added a triple and two stolen bases and two runs scored. Cole scored two runs and had a hit. Emma McDonald had three runs scored and a stolen base. Megan Meyers and Kayla VenLet had hits.

“We had trouble with errors in the beginning,” said Baldwin coach Bob Hilts. “We were getting strike production from Rachel (Groendyk) but we had costly errors, that young stuff we’re going through.”

Baldwin ended the season without a win.

“We’re optimistic about next year,” Hilts said. “We have a year under our belts with these young girls. We’ll look to the future.”

Rachel Groendyk did the pitching for the Panthers.

“Rachel did an outstanding job,” Hilts said. “Everyone did a fine job. Miranda Roberts had two hits and Nicole Mooney had two hits.”


Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at

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