Greenville softball team takes two from Central Montcalm


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:26 pm on Friday, May 04, 2012

Greenville's Haley Bitner swings and misses at a pitch during the Yellow Jackets' game against Central Montcalm Friday. — Daily News/Chip Burch

STANTON — Greenville’s softball team found the perfect tonic to get into the win column.

The Yellow Jackets beat the Central Montcalm Green Hornets in a doubleheader Friday, winning 17-6 and 10-9.

In the first game, the Hornets (6-15) tagged Greenville pitcher Lexii Canterbury for six runs in the first inning. But that was all they got the rest of the game.

“Lexii was frustrated,” Greenville co-coach Jen Bowen said. “We made some adjustments with Lexii and she never gave up another run after that.”

Central coach Jason Johnson wasn’t sure why his team stopped hitting after the first inning.

“I don’t know if she (Canterbury) made an adjustment,” he said. “We’re so streaky at the plate. When one hits we all hit and when one doesn’t hit we all don’t hit.”

Canterbury got the win despite allowing 11 hits. Michaela Crooks was hit with the loss after going the first 2 2-3 innings and scattered eight hits and three walks without a strikeout.

Alyssa Canterbury and Liz Niemiec had three hits each for the Jackets. Harleigh Lewis, Kae Page, Nikota Howe and Lexii Canterbury had two each. One of Howe’s hits was a home run.

Molly Buskirk had three hits and Rylee Davis two for Central.

Greenville (9-6) needed a game-winning hit from Lewis to get the win the second game.

“We made a pitching change in the fourth inning and Haley (Hollenbeck) shut them down the rest of the game,” Johnson said.

“We scratched our runs out in the course of five different innings. We got one or two here or there,” Bowen said.

Alyssa Canterbury got the win in the nightcap, going all seven innings and allowing 10 hits while striking out seven.

Hollenbeck went three innings, allowed two hits and two walks with a strikeout.
Lewis and Beth Gantz each had three hits, and Lexii Canterbury, Page and Howe had two each. Howe also homered in this game.

“Very happy with Nikota Howe’s hitting and her leadership on the field,” Bowen said.

The Hornets got two hits each from Crooks, Buskirk and Maddie Christensen. Kortney McKeown homered for Central.

The Yellow Jackets will play in a tournament in Allendale today while Central Montcalm hosts Holton Tuesday.

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