Chippewa Hills softball sweeps; baseball splits

PITCH: Chippewa Hills’ Kendall Boone throws a pitch against Tri County on Tuesday. Boone took the win in Game 1, with senior Cassidy Johnson winning Game 2. (Pioneer photo/Richard Mead)

PITCH: Chippewa Hills’ Kendall Boone throws a pitch against Tri County on Tuesday. Boone took the win in Game 1, with senior Cassidy Johnson winning Game 2. (Pioneer photo/Richard Mead)

Chippewa Hills softball wins opener 14-8, nightcap 7-5; improves to 17-2

REMUS — The Chippewa Hills softball team continued its winning way after sweeping Tri County Tuesday.

The Warriors won the opener 14-8 and the nightcap 7-5 to improve to 17-2

“We weren’t on the top of our game by any means, but they still stepped up and got the job done,” Chippewa Hills coach RD Denslow said.

In Game 1, Chippewa Hills’ four-year varsity pitcher Cassidy Johnson took the win, going five innings and striking out five. She allowed two earned runs.

At the plate for the Warriors, Rachael Lobert was 2 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Elle LaLonde and Brooke Lewandowski each were 3 for 4, with LaLonde having a run-scoring double. Kendall Boone was 2 for 5 with a double.

“Our pitchers don’t walk many batters,” Denslow said. “We hit the ball well and we will make plays on defense

Boone earned the win in Game 2, pitching 6 2/3 innings. She finished with three strikeouts and four earned runs. Johnson earned the save, pitching 1/3 inning and allowing one hit.

“Boone has been battling sickness this week, but she pitched through it,” Denslow said.

Lobert had two hits and scored two runs, while Lewandowksi had a two-run single.

“We are getting more confident in our game,” Lobert said. “We have worked out some of our quirks. Now, we just have to clean up our mental errors.”

Denslow feels his team’s versatility has been key to its success.

“We have a few girls that I could probably put anywhere, and that helps a ton,” Denslow said. “Our leadership is pretty good, too, even with our younger players. This team’s a big family and they treat each other like sisters.”

Despite the Warriors’ success this season, Denslow said a lack of communication still plagues the team at times.

“We have to talk out there, this is a quiet team,” he said. “We work on it, but I can think of two instances tonight where two girls almost ran into each other on the basepaths. They know they have to communicate out there, so they are working on it.”

Chippewa Hills (6-0 Central State Activities Association Gold) hosts Central Montcalm on Friday.

KELSEY: Chippewa Hills’ Tyler Kelsey throws a pitch against Tri County on Tuesday. The  Warriors split the doubleheader, advancing to 7-9, 4-2 in the CSAA Gold. (Pioneer photo/Richard Mead)

KELSEY: Chippewa Hills’ Tyler Kelsey throws a pitch against Tri County on Tuesday. The
Warriors split the doubleheader, advancing to 7-9, 4-2 in the CSAA Gold. (Pioneer photo/Richard Mead)

Warriors’ baseball splits

After winning the opener 3-2, the Chippewa Hills baseball team couldn’t come back from a six-run deficit in Game 2, splitting a doubleheader with Tri County Tuesday after losing 9-4 in the nightcap.

“The whole day was really good for us,” Chippewa Hills coach Ben Wright said. “In Game 1, we turned three double plays in key situations. We came up with some big swings.”

The Warriors’ (7-9, 4-2 CSAA Silver) Brett Walcutt earned the win in Game 1.

RJ Simon finished with a RBI, while Hunter Conley had a double and Austin Issette had a single.

In the nightcap, Conley had two hits, including a double. Walcutt had a hit, RBI and a walk.

Starting pitcher Tyler Kelsey took the loss.

“(In Game 2) we had a couple bad bounces and some bad mistakes early,” Wright said. “We were able to come back from 6-0 and cut it to 6-4, but it’s hard to keep fighting against a team like Tri County.”

Even with a Game 2 lapse, Wright is happy with the team’s performance.

“I’m happy with a split,’ Wright said. “We are still in contention for the conference, which is what we are working towards.”

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