BELDING — The Belding Redskins jumped out to great start in the O-K Blue Conference this week with three wins against no losses.
The Redskins continued momentum from Tuesday’s 10-0 win at Grand Rapids West Catholic and won twice on Thursday against the same Falcons team at Demorest Field.
Belding won game two 3-1 and took the opener 6-1.
Game two was a much closer game than the first two meetings between the Falcons and Redskins.
Belding scored first when Mindy Reminga’s single scored Morgan Hill from third in the bottom of the second. Hill was on base after reaching the fence on one bounce for a triple, ahead of Reminga.
The Redskins kept the Falcons scoreless until the fifth inning. Prior to that West Catholic had just two base runners in four innings. A two-hit inning tied the game 1-1.
“It’s tough playing someone three times in one week,” Linebaugh said. “You could see where they were starting to hit her (Kyleigh) so she mixed up her speeds to keep them off balance. Her change was good.”
Belding responded in the bottom of the sixth inning with two runs.
Mariah Heintzelman started the inning off with a single to left field. She was forced out at second base on a ground ball by Hill.
Hill stole second base and advanced to third when Reminga hit a single to left field. Reminga advanced to second on the play giving the Redskins two runners in scoring position with one out.
Caitlin Alkire hit a grounder to second base. The Falcons went home with the play, but Hill was safe. A wild throw allowed Reminga to score all the way from second base giving Belding a 3-1 lead.
Makayla Boss added a hit in the sixth, as well.
“We knew we had to shut them down then,” Linebaugh said. “They got a runner on, but we got a couple of big outs. They played well. Our bats came through at big times.”
The Falcons managed a runner in the top of the seventh, but no more.
“We were with them the second game,” West Catholic coach Aaran Bush said. “Errors cost the game. That’s it. Can’t win with errors.”
Linebaugh earned the win and finished the game allowing five hits with five strikeouts in seven innings.
“I thought our team played exceptionally well,” Linebaugh said. “Morgan (Hill) I thought made two outstanding scoops at first for big outs.”
Reminga had two hits and an RBI. Heintzelman and Boss also had two hits. Alkire had an RBI.
“We are coming around,” Linebaugh said. “It’s not just one person. We have to play hard, but we are jelling.”
In game one, Kyleigh Linebaugh and Hill each had two hits. Rachel Hunt, Hannah Linebaugh and Hill each had RBIs.
Kyleigh Linebaugh had eight strikeouts and allowed just three hits in the game.
“I thought we played really well. Kyleigh (Linebaugh) was on,” Linebaugh said. “We had one big inning where we scored three runs and it kind of put us over the hump. We kind of relaxed a little bit.”
Belding improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the league. West Catholic fell to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in the league.
Belding travels to the East Kentwood Invitational and will face the host Falcons, Lowell and Traverse City West on Saturday.