Crossroads girls sweep Baldwin

CCA pitcher Grace Clark makes a delivery in the second game on Monday against Baldwin. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — Crossroads Charter Academy’s softball team got its bats going on Monday with 24-2 and 17-9 wins over Baldwin in West Michigan D League action.

Gabby Curtis was the winning pitcher in the first game striking out two and walking one. She pitched in relief.

Maddie Alber had two home runs and five RBIs. Four players had three hits and three RBIs with Jenelle Costello, Megan Schultz. Gretchen Purcell and Emily VanLuinen.

In the second game, Costello Albert had three hits. Schultz had two hits and three RBIs. Megan Griswald had two hits.

Schultz also had a home run during the day.

“I hit it pretty hard and it went a long way,” she said.

Crossroads is 2-4.

“It was definitely nice to get a win tonight,” CCA coach Kevin Brigham said. “I was the first time we’ve played in two weeks and was nice to get some games under our belts. It was nice to open the conference this way. We have work to do to get ready for the tough teams in our conference.”

CCA plays Monday at home with Brethren.

It was Baldwin’s first games of the season. The Panthers had three doubleheaders postponed in the past 10 days because of wet grounds.

“Jazlynn Johnson did a good job for us behind the plate catching and hustling and trying to keep everyone up for the whole game,” Baldwin coach Abbey Braidwood said. “Cierra Pieske did a good job of pitching. It started out as a bit of a struggle. We’re trying to give her confidence to keep her going on the mound.’’

Braidwood acknowledged it’s been tough without having any game time experience.

“With the weather (practices), had been hit and miss,” Braidwood said. “A couple of the girls had some good hits. Jazlynn had some good hits. Arianna Saunders and Cierra had good hits.”

Baldwin plays at Pentwater on Thursday.

Chippewa Hills sweeps Newaygo

REMUS — Chippewa Hills swept the Lions in CSAA action on Monday. The Warriors won the first game 11-4. Morgan Perkins had three hits and five RBIs in the first game. Kurstyn Fate had two hits Macy Blanzy was the winning pitcher. She struck out five.

Perkins had four RBIs in the second game, a 13-2 Warrior win. Izzy Gutierrez and Perkins had three hits apiece. Sydney Wright had two hits.

Mya Koepf was the winning pitcher.


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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