Big Rapids baseball splits with GR Forest Hills Eastern in sports roundup

Big Rapids’ Jace Gray slides home safely against Forest Hill Eastern in the second game on Monday. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

BIG RAPIDS — Two quality baseball teams met in a nonleague twinbill on Monday with hitters having their chance to shine for both teams.

Big Rapids defeated Forest Hills Eastern in the first game 15-7 and with the Hawks doing the honors in the second game 9-2 in five innings.

Cam Clark threw a compete game opener for Big Rapids, allowing four earned runs and striking out two.

Craven Bird had three hits and four RBIs for Big Rapids, while Jace Gray had two hits, a stolen base and one RBI.

“My first at bat was a strikeout, but after that, I had to start picking it up,” Bird said.

Elliott Blair, Connor Kinnally, Clark and Ben Decker also had hits.

LJ Graves was the pitcher in the second game, allowing five earned runs and striking out two. Gray, Blair and Keaton Ballard had a hit apiece. Gray scored a run.

“The first game, we played well as a team, it’s definitely a team win,” Bird said. “The second game, we got out-hit.”

The Hawks are 21-9.

“Big Rapids hit the ball really well, especially the top of the order,” FHE coach Ian Hearn said. “We had a hard getting them out, especially the first game. They’re a good team and well-coached. We’re thankful they hosted us and am glad to get after it the second game and come out with a win.”

Big Rapids is 15-6.

“We were probably fortunate to split,” Big Rapids coach SamDaugherty said. “Forest Hills is one of the better teams that we’ve played. We got great performances out of Cam Clark and LJ Graves today. It helped us save our other pitchers for later in the week. We came back well in the first game.”

Big Rapids plays at Evart on Wednesday.

“We still have to improve defensively by district tournament time,” Daugherty said.


Reed City splits

REED CITY — Reed City lost to Grant 13-3 in the first game of a doubleheader on Monday.

Maddie Morgan took the loss, allowing 10 runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking three. Veronica Lofquist finished the final two innings and allowed two runs.

Keegan Parish had two hits while Morgan, Lily Andres. Lofquist, Cassie Enos and Adeline Wyrick had one apiece.

Reed City won the second game 7-6. Morgan was the winning pitcher, allowing six runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking four.

Riley Shaffer had three hits. Myers, Andres and Lofquist had one hit each. Morgan and Mia Peterson both had a hit.

Myers in the top of the sixth hit her first career home run, a solo shot.

Reed City has is home tournament this Saturday.

Chippewa Hills 14-6

REMUS — Chippewa Hills is 14-6 overall after Monday’s twinbill with Whitehall. The Warriors lost the opener 6-4.

Mercedez Sorsen and Mya Koepf had two hits apiece. Koepf was the losing pitcher, allowing six runs on eight hits and striking out seven.

The Warriors won the second game 5-1 Megan Perkins had three hits.

Macy Blanzy had a two-hitter. She struck out eight batters.

Crossroads falls

CCA fell behind early and couldn’t come back in a 21-0 loss to Hart Pirates varsity on Friday. CCA struggled to contain the high-powered offense of Hart, giving up 21 runs.

A double by Maddie Alber in the first inning was a positive for CCA.

Gabby Curtis took the loss for CCA. She lasted four innings, allowing 15 hits and 21 runs while striking out one.

Alber, Gretchen Purcell, and Megan Griswold all had one hit to lead CCA.

Hart totaled 15 hits.

CCA had trouble keeping up with Hart in the other game and lost 9-2

Jenelle Costello took the loss for CCA. She surrendered nine runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out three.

Purcell led CCA with two hits in three at bats.


Big Rapids fourth

BIG RAPIDS — The BR boys golf team took fourth overall at their Tullymore Invite on Monday. The Cards shot a 314. Forest Hills Eastern won with a tournament record 299. Pierce Morrissey and Owen Seay made the all-tournament team. Morrissey tied for second with an even par 72. Seay tied for fourth with a 1 over 73. Luke Welch shot an 85, Brett Lilienthal 86, Dawson Currie 89 and Trevor Woodard 90.

Playing individually, Elliot Seay shot an 83 and Collin Morrissey shot a 95.

“The team played well today,” Big Rapids coach Mark Posey said. “It was good to see how they would handle their third round in four days. It was also great to see Owen post six birdies in his round on his way to his 73. He really struck the ball well today.”

Chippewa Hills shot a 452 for 13th. Mitch Kuzma had a 97 followed by Kaden Doyle with 100. Justin Birch 123 and Noah Fiegel 132.

The Cardinals and Warriors are back in action on Tuesday in Kent City for their CSAA tournament.

The Cardinal boys golf team shot a 335 on Saturday at the Mount Pleasant Oiler Invite and took third place overall. The Cards had a two-day total of 670.  Morrissey shot a 73 at the Pohl Cat on Saturday and had a two-day total of 149 to win the tournament, with former PGA Tour Pro Dan Pohl looking on.

Welch shot a 78 (164). Owen Seay came back on Saturday and shot a solid 82 (171). Elliot Seay posted a 99 and Brett Lilienthal 100 (194).

“It was a difficult two days,” Posey said. “None of the boys had played this course in high school competition. They are two very challenging courses. I was happy with how to bounce back on the second day to move up the leaderboard.”


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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