Crossroads softball falls in district play

Cougars beat Baldwin in semifinals, but end season with loss to MCE in the finals

CUSTER — Crossroads’ softball team had two relatively close losses with Custer-Mason County Eastern during the regular season.

But the Cardinals dominated 16-1 in Friday’s district title game.

Crossroads ended its season at 6-17.

“We hit the ball well in the first game and played good defense,” Crossroads coach Amanda Brown said. “Our defense has improved this year. It’s difficult going from one speed of a pitcher to another speed in another day. That makes it tough. That will be an adjustment we’ll have to make for next year. We’ve been taking one thing at a time.”

Cassie Cole took the pitching loss for Crossroads, which allowed eight runs in the first inning. Cole had a single and RBI for the Cougars.

“(MCE) came right out and were hitting the ball good,” Brown said.

The Cougars mercied Baldwin 20-7 in the semifinals. There were only three teams in the district and MCE drew a bye.

Sydney Balsitis pitched two innings and had three strikeouts for Crossroads while Cole went three innings and had five strikeouts.

Katie VanderSloot had a single and triple, plus an RBI, while Cole added three RBIs, Megan Soller had a double and two RBIs, Kaitlyn Reed had a double and Balsitis delivered a single and double.

For the Panthers, who end the season at 0-9, it was another case of committing too many errors. Baldwin had 14 errors in the first few innings.

“It was not a good start,” Baldwin coach Bob Hilts said. “Take away those errors and (early) runs and we’re ahead in that game.”



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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