Friday’s area sports roundup

Big Rapids loses baseball showdown

STANTON  — There’s a new CSAA Gold baseball champion.

Central Montcalm swept Big Rapids, defending champs, 3-2 and 7-3 in a Friday doubleheader.

Central has ended the season at 13-1 in the league. Big Rapids is 8-3 and has three league games remaining and can’t catch the Hornets.

“It was two really good ballgames,” Big Rapids coach Sam Daugherty said.

Keaton Ballard went seven innings on the mound in the first game. He allowed two earned runs and gave up four hits and had nine strikeouts

“It was an outstanding performance in a high pressured game for a sophomore,” Daugherty said. “I’m proud of his performance.”

Blair Jacoby threw a two-hitter at the Cardinals allowing two hits to Elliott Blair and LJ Graves. The Hornets scored the winning runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Caleb Blondia was the starting and losing pitcher in the second game. Cam Clark pitched in relief. Connor Kinnally, Big Rapids’No. 2 pitcher, had to sit out the doubleheader after being ejected in Wednesday’s game against Evart

Jace Gray had two hits and scored two runs. Blair had one hit and scored a run. Jacob Martinson, Jayden Mason, Ballard and Ian Couch also had hits.

“We played in a very hostile environment for a big game,” Daugherty said. “Central Montcalm has a good ballclub. We as coaches couldn’t have asked for any more from our players. I have nothing but praise for their performance.”

Big Rapids is home on Tuesday against Manistee.

Morley Stanwood swept by Tri County

MORLEY — The Mohawks lost game one 4-1 and came up short in game two 7-5 Friday at Morley Stanwood high school.

Kyle Ososki had two hits and Aaron Moore added one hit in game one. James Dodge pitched 4 2/3 innings and struck out four while allowing six hits.

In game two, Drew Jensen pitched three innings and struck out seven while allowing five hits.

Tucker Cook had two hits and Landon Elenbaas had a single and Trevor Underhill a double.

Morley Stanwood 18-11 (12-2) faces Holton today.

TENNIS

The Big Rapids Cardinals traveled to Traverse City on Friday to take part in one of eight D4 tennis regionals. They ended the day with a third place finish behind Traverse City St. Francis and Harbor Springs.

“I was extremely proud of how our team played today,” coach Larry Langell. “The girls saved their best performance of the year for regionals. We lost eight seniors and had a very inexperienced team to start the season. They have shown steady improvement and things really clicked today. To finish 3-8-4 in the regular season yet take third place in a tough region is a great result.”

All four of the Cardinals doubles flights were able to win a match.  At No. 4 doubles the sophomore duo of Ally Sims and Karlie Hughes came away with a victory in their first match and fell to Harbor Springs in a close semi-final. “Ally and Karlie were brand new to tennis in March,” Langell said. “They played their best match of the year today and pushed the No. 2 seed Harbor Springs to three sets. I expect them to be near the top of the lineup next season.”

Two of the four singles flights were able to win a match for the Cardinals. At No. 1 singles. Eden Short was crowned regional champion for the second year in a row. “Eden has taken her game to another level this season.” Langell said. “She won her semi-final against a big hitting TCSF player 6-2, 6-2. In the final she made her 6-1, 6-3 win look easy against undefeated Lily Chamberlin of Harbor Springs.”

With 14 points the Cardinals were short of the 18 required for the team to qualify for the D4 state tournament. As #1 singles champion, Eden Short will be representing the Cardinals individually.

“Eden is 23-0 this season and I expect her to get a seed at the tournament,” Langell said. “In addition to her performance today, she has two quality wins against the D2 regional champion from Petoskey. If she plays well she has the potential to make it to day 2 at the tournament with the final four.”

SOFTBALL

Big Rapids splits with Central Montcalm

STANTON — The Cardinals lost game one 9-3 and came back to win game two 7-2 Friday at Central Montcalm.

Kelby Strpko had four strikeouts and gave up seven earned runs in game one. Jaylynn Gray had two hits and Madison Hamilton had two RBIs and Josie Prince had one hit and one RBI.

In game two, Prince pitched seven innings and struck out nine while giving up one earned run. Maddison Afferhad two hits including a home run to go along with and RBI. Gray had two hits and an RBI while Prince, Olivia Teceno and Strpko each had one hit and one RBI.

Big Rapids hosts Manistee on Tuesdsay.

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