Belding softball missing a pair of key players in 7-1 loss to Sparta


By Daily News • Last Updated 10:35 am on Friday, April 20, 2012

BELDING — Playing without two of their top players the Belding Redskins softball team struggled both at the plate and in the field.

The Redskins coming off two victories against the Sparta Spartans on Tuesday lost 7-1 in a single game on Thursday afternoon at Demorest Field in O-K Blue play.

Both catcher Mariah Heintzelman and shortstop Rachel Hunt were hurt during Tuesday’s doubleheader. Heintzelman sprained an ankle while Hunt injured a shoulder. Heintzelman is expected back, at least, for Tuesday’s doubleheader with Coopersville. Hunt is awaiting further evaluation.

“We are pretty banged up right now,” Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh. “Not having Mariah or Rachel really hurt us. We were lucky to escape with two wins on Tuesday after they were injured.”

Kyleigh Linebaugh suffered the loss. She went 4 1-3 innings, allowing one walk, one earned run and five strikeouts. Morgan Hill pitched the final 2 2-3 innings, allowing one hit with three strikeouts.

“We’re trying, but it’s getting frustrating,” Linebaugh said. “We had lots of errors, but we have a lot of players out of position right now.”

Mindy Reminga, Makayla Boss and Kaitlyn Lieffers each had one hit. Autumn Thome drove in Belding’s run.
“Our bats were pretty quiet tonight,” Linebaugh said.

The Redskins fell to 7-4 overall and 5-1 in the league.

Belding will travel to Eaton Rapids for a tournament on Saturday. They host undefeated Coopersville on Tuesday for a doubleheader.

“Hopefully we are healthy for those games (Coopersville) and we can sneak a couple of wins,” Linebaugh said.

Belding is at Coopersville on Thursday.

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