Vestaburg softball team stays unbeaten, sweeps Central Montcalm


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Vestaburg’s Jannelle Rons delivers a pitch in game two. Rons struck out 15 Hornets on Monday.

STANTON — The Vestaburg Wolverines softball team is undefeated for a reason.

The Wolverines are a talented, hard hitting team with great pitching and defense. They displayed their talent during a 17-2 and 8-1 doubleheader sweep over the Central Montcalm Green Hornets on Monday night.

The youthful Hornets played tight with the Wolverines at times in both games, showing their potential as they gain experience.

In game one, the Wolverines scored three times in the first inning. They led 6-0 before the Hornets scored twice in the bottom of the fourth inning.

“We had a little offense early, but I’m impatient. I just like everything to be a certain way,” Vestaburg coach Dan Rons said. “We picked our way at them. We are capable, but the adjustments are taking too long.”

The adjustments came in the top half of the seventh inning as the Wolverines scored 10 times to put the game out of reach.

The Wolverines connected for 10 hits in 11 at-bats at one point, five of them extra base hits. Two of the Wolverine outs came on the base paths at home plate.

“The only thing I see right now is we have to adjust to the different style of ball,” Rons said. “We are seeing different styles of ball so we need to be ready.”

Kayla Dill earned the win in game one for the Wolverines. Lauren Bissell and Jackie Gostomski each had three hits. Jannelle Rons had two hits, one of which was a home run, and four RBIs. Taylor Darmody hit a home run for one of her two hits.

Saydee Rowland took the loss while Michaela Crooks went 2-for-4 for the Hornets.

Central Montcalm pitcher Saydee Rowland covers home and puts the tag on Vestaburg’s Akisha Benavidez to complete a rundown at home plate during game one of Monday’s doubleheader. Vestaburg won both games.

“Until the sixth or seventh inning we really played with them,” Central Montcalm coach Jason Johnson said. “They are great hitters. I was surprised we kept them in check as well as we did. Our pitchers are freshman and sophomores.”

The Wolverines began the second game quickly with three hits and three runs in the first inning. Darmody hit her second home run of the night in the third inning to make the game 5-0.

On the mound for the Wolverines was Rons. The sophomore opened the game with eight consecutive strikeouts and finished the game with 15 in seven innings of work.

Rons took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but Rylee Davis broke up that bid with a single to left field.

“She (Rons) threw well, but her immaturity showed at the end,” Rons said. “I love her pitching style, but she gave up a few hits because she is a sophomore. She has to realize it’s more important to spin the ball and move the ball. She can’t throw it by everyone for an entire ballgame, not at this level.”

Vestaburg scored three more times in the sixth inning for an 8-0 lead.

Central Montcalm put together a little rally in the top half of the seventh inning. Dove tripled with two outs and was brought home by a Crooks single.

Dove and Crooks finished the game with two hits each. Scylar Blaisdell suffered the loss in 4 2/3 innings. Hailey Hollenbeck finished the game on the mound.

“We hung in there again. I wasn’t sure what to expect coming into tonight,” Johnson said. “We’ve blown some games against bad teams that we should have had. We had some miscues and it could have been worse. I‘m happy with these games. We didn’t win and I hate to lose, but I can’t complain against a good team like that.”

Bianca Marsh had three hits and an RBI for the Wolverines. Dill had two hits and Darmody two RBIs.

Vestaburg improved to 10-0 overall while the Hornets fell to 3-8.

The Hornets travel to Reed City Friday while the Wolverines host Coleman on Thursday.

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