Warriors reach 21 wins in softball sweep of Evart

Erin Spaugh gets set to make an unassisted play at first base for Chippewa Hills against Evart. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

REMUS — Chippewa Hills softball team continues to rack up the wins in the late stages of the season.

They swept the Evart Wilcats 8-2 and 11-2 on Wednesday.

The Warriors had 11 hits in the first game and took advantage of three Evart errors. It was 8-0 after the first two innings.

Mercedez Sorsen, Megan Perkins, Izzy Gutierrez and Landry Palmer had two hits apiece.

Wining pitcher Macy Blanzy went all seven innings and fanned seven batters.

Abby Apsey and Kylee Dorn had a single while Deanna Conklin had a double for the Warriors.

Carlie Gostlin took the pitching loss.

Center fielder Skylar Baumgardner had the defensive play of the game for Evart by throwing out a player at third base with Apsey making the tag. Livia Hopkins also threw a player out stealing.

In the second game, the Warriors had a big seven-run fourth inning.

Baumgardner and Conklin had singles and Livia Hopkins had a double for the Wildcats.

Koepf and Megan Perkins had three hits apiece for Evart while Sorsen, Morgan Perkins and Kylee Vinton had two hits apiece.

“We played well but we have a lot of injuries going on right now,” Evart coach Amanda Brown said. “Our defense stepped up and we did much better in the second game. We have to learn to take one thing at a time.”

The Warriors overcame six errors. Koepf was the winning pitcher.

Chippewa Hills is 21-7.

“We had to make some adjustments,” Chippewa hIlls coach DJ Newman said. “The first game we came out hitting really well. We put up eight runs the first two innings. But then we played to their level and didn’t finish the game the way we started.

“For the second game, I told the girls to change their approach and time the slower pitches we were seeing. I thought we did a good job putting the bat on the ball. We have to eliminate (errors).”

The Warriors are at home Thursday against Shepherd.

Conklin, Baumgardner and Hopkins had hits for Evart. Ava Retlewski was the losing pitcher.

Evart is home Thursday against Morley Stanwood.

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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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