Greenville competes at Clare softball Inv.

By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:05 am on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

CLARE — The Greenville Yellow Jackets fared well in its first softball invitational of the season on Saturday.

Playing at Clare, the Yellow Jackets played three games against some good competition.

In game one, the Yellow Jackets started slow, but finished strong in a 9-8 win over Saginaw Heritage.

Lexii Canterbury earned the win. She threw six innings, allowing just one walk with five strikeouts.

“She (Canterbury) did a great job,” Greenville co-coach Jen Bowen said. “She gave us an opportunity to win the game and our hitters came through.”

Saginaw Heritage scored five runs in the top half of the first inning before the Yellow Jackets scored five runs in the bottom half of the first to tie the game.

“It was a great game,” Bowen said. “Our girls really battled hard after they scored five runs in the first inning.”

Beth Gantz was 4-for-4 with an RBI in game one. Alyssa Canterbury went 3-for-3, while Nikota Howe and MacKenzie VanHoose added two hits each. Howe had three RBIs while Alyssa Canterbury, Paige Parmelee and VanHoose each had one RBI.

Game two was tight, but Clare defeated Greenville 3-1.

Trying to ride the hot hand, Lexii Canterbury took the mound for her second consecutive game.

“She was on a roll and pitched really well again,” Bowen said. “The score doesn’t show the type of game it was. We had runners in scoring position in every inning, but one. We just couldn’t score.”

Canterbury allowed five hits, with four strikeouts and no walks.

Howe went 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Game three didn’t go very well for the Yellow Jackets as Shepherd was victorious with a 10-0 five inning win.

“I think the the girls tired out after playing in the sun all day,” Bowen said. “We didn’t give any run support.”

Alyssa Canterbury took the loss. She went five innings, with one strikeout and one walk.

Howe again went 2-for-3.

“Overall, it was a really good day. It we didn’t play game three I would have been very happy,” Bowen said. “We fought hard against Saginaw Heritage and Clare. They are a pretty competitive team.”

The Yellow Jackets are now 3-2 overall and will travel to Morley Stanwood on Tuesday.

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