Big Rapids swept by Tri County in summer softball action

Big Rapids’ Josie Cornell races to third base during Wednesday’s doubleheader against Tri County. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — Big Rapids’ summer softball team came up short against Tri County in its Wednesday doubleheader, falling 4-1 in game 1 and 9-7 in game two.

Kelby Strpko started both games for Big Rapids, with incoming freshman Josie Cornell coming in to pitch the last few innings of game two.

Trailing 5-0 after the first inning, Big Rapids outscored Tri County 7-4 the rest of the way but were not able to pull off the comeback.

“We did really well,” head coach Bill Squires said. “Tri County has one of the better pitchers in the area and she did a super job. Kelby pitched well and Josie did a great job coming in for her in the second game.

“The girls fought back and hit the ball well.”

Summer ball provides coaches the opportunity to tinker with lineups and gives the players ample playing time.

“That’s the great thing about this league,” Squires said. “You can take the incoming freshmen, junior varsity, and varsity players and blend them. Hopefully we prepare the JV to take the next step to the varsity level. Some of the incoming freshmen are good enough to make the varsity jump, but if not they get some experience with the JV players. It’s a great interaction between them.

“In this league everybody bats. We have free substitutions so I have kids coming in and out. Kids are asking to play different positions, which is great because we need to look at spots to fill for varsity. It’s a lot of fun for us coaches and a lot of fun for them.”

Big Rapids hosts Mesick on Wednesday.

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