Thursday’s sports roundup


Big Rapids 6, Tri County 2

HOWARD CITY — Big Rapids’ baseball team (15-2. 10-0) remained undefeated in the Central State Activities Association Gold division with this win on Thursday at Tri County.

The game had been suspended from Monday because of lightning. The final three innings were made up on Thursday.

Justin Cook was credited for five innings pitched and is 3-0. Connor Kinnally and Jayden Mason pitched the final two innings Kinnally got the save.

Connor Vennix and Jackson Lund had three hits apiece. Lund had a home run and three RBIs. Vennix had two RBIs. Kinnally had two hits and an RBI. Aaron Repke had a hit and run scored.

Big Rapids has a home CSAA twinbill with Grant today and ends the league season at home on Tuesday with Chippewa Hills.


Shepherd 15-10, Chippewa Hills 0-0

Shepherd dominated Chippewa Hills 15-0 and 10-0 in nonleague games on Thursday.

Chippewa Hills is at Big Rapids on Tuesday.

Crossroads 15-8, Pentwater 2-4

PENTWATER — CCA improved its conference record to 7-3, after defeating Pentwater 15-2 and 8-4 on Thursday. Mackenzie Cole pitched well, striking out five and walking none. Offensivley Jenelle Costello had four walks and three runs scored. Gretchen Purcell had two hits and three RBIs. Hannah Curtis and Bethany Curtis also had two hits.

In game two, Cole pitched all six innings striking out three. At the plate Jenelle Costello, Mackenzie Cole, and Maddie Alber had two hits each.

Big Rapids 12-7, Shelby  7-11

BIG RAPIDS — The Cardinals split their doubleheader with the Tigers on Thursday.

Josie Prince had two doubles and two RBIs and Kelsey Walch finished with three hits and three RBIs, while Ann Nelson added one hit and two RBIs.

Mackaela Klever and Anna Hamilton had one hit and one RBI, respectively and Annah Folkema, Kelby Strpko, Morgan Pippin, and Alissa Ruggles each added one hit.

Ruggles struck out five batters and gave up nine hits, four earned runs, and two walks on the mound.

In game two, Prince had one single and one triple and Pippin had one triple and two RBIs, while Nelson added one hit.

Strpko pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up seven hits and two earned runs while striking out one batter. Ruggles pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief and struck out two batters while giving up five hits and two earned runs.

Big Rapids (7-11) hosts Grant on Friday.


Big Rapids 7, Fremont 1

The lady Cardinals finished their regular season today with a 7-1 win over Fremont. “This should give our team confidence heading into Regionals on Friday. We are fortunate to be hosting the tournament in Big Rapids this year. It will be tough competition with at least six teams that have a chance of qualifying for the State Finals if they have a good day.”

Eden Short at #1 singles and Katherine Langell / Olivia Sanders at #1 doubles each finished with perfect 13-0 records during the regular season. Both enter Friday’s Regional tournament as the #1 seeds in their flight. “It is pretty special to have two spots in our lineup finish the regular season undefeated. It has been over 15 years since we had a player accomplish this and is the first time to have two flights with the achievement. It was rewarding since each were able to come away with quality wins against teams like Petoskey, Ludington, Cadillac and Whitehall”.

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