Chippewa Hills softball team splits with Clare

Megan Koepf (5) arrives safely into second base in the second game against Clare. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REMUS — What a difference one game makes.

Chippewa Hills’ softball team struggled in the first game of a nonleague doubleheader on Monday and lost to Clare 11-0 in six innings.

But the Warriors bounced back for a 4-1 win in the second game to improve to 19-7.

Clare scored two runs in the first, four in the second, three in the third and two in the sixth.

The Warriors had one hit from Landry Palmer and made one error.

Mya Koepf went five innings and took the pitching loss.

“We just weren’t focused,” Warrior coach DJ Newman said. “We forgot to show up. Clare is OK. They took it too us. I don’t feel we played our best and hopefully we’ll play better the second game.”

This turned out to be the case.

Kurstyn Fate had three hits to lead the Chippewa Hills attack in the second game. The Warriors scored three runs in the second and one in the third.

Macy Blanzy pitched a two-hitter for the Warriors. She walked two and fanned four.

“I talked to the girls inbetween games of focusing more,” Newman said. “They did what we had to do. We got an early lead. Macy Blanzy pitched well and kept hitters off balance. We did the rest and did what we had to do to win. We played more fluid and had less errors and put the bat on the ball more.

“I knew Clare was a good team and we could compete with them. I wasn’t happy with our effort the entire game.”

The Warriors are home with Evart on Wednesday.

SOCCER

Reed City 8, Kent City 0

KENT CITY — Karlie Kearns tallied a hat trick to lead the Coyotes to victory on Monday.

Olivia Addington had two goals and Paige Lofquist, Taylor Harrison, and Claudia Francke each had goals of their own.

Reed City (12-2-3) hosts Lakeview tonight.

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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 jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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