Belding, Greenville softball team up to fight cancer


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 10:17 am on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Greenville’s Sarah Newhouse delivers a pitch during game two of a doubleheader with Belding on Monday. The Redskins swept the Yellow Jackets.

GREENVILLE — The Belding Redskins and Greenville Yellow Jackets met for more than just a couple of softball games on Monday.

Monday was “Strike Out Cancer” night, a fundraiser for the B Foundation in Belding. Shirt sales from both teams went to the foundation, which was started last year.

“Anytime we can do a game for awareness it’s great. That’s the goal to raise awareness to a disease that affects so many people,” Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh said. “I appreciate they (Greenville) were willing to do what they did for us.”

The Redskins were decked out in pink for breast cancer and the Yellow Jackets wore purple (different than their normal uniforms) for cancer in general.

In the end, it was Belding coming away with a 6-0 and 11-1 (five innings) wins for a sweep.

“I thought it was fun. The girls relaxed and just played,” Linebaugh said. “That is what softball is supposed to be. Working hard, having fun and picking each other up.”

In game two, the Redskins jumped out with three runs in the bottom of the first inning on two wild pitches and a groundout RBI by Morgan Hill.

Hill drove in another run  in a six run third inning for the Redskins as they increased their lead to 9-0. Caitlin Alkire and Kyleigh Linebaugh each had RBI singles in the inning while Hannah Linebaugh had a two-run run double.

“I thought our bats were hot, we base ran well, we bunted when we needed to and moved runners over,” Linebaugh said. “We hit hard and played great defense.”

Hill did the job on the mound throwing all five innings. She allowed two hits and one run with four strikeouts.

“Morgan pitched very well,” Linebaugh said.

Morgan Hills sends a pitch during game two. She eaned the win and drove in two runs in the game.

Greenville got on the board in the fourth inning. Harleigh Lewis led the inning off with a double and scored on a single by Lizzy Niemiec three batters later.

The Yellow Jackets hit the ball hard in the fourth, but managed just one run. All three outs were to center fielder Mindy Reminga.

“We started to hit better in the second game, but they were right at their defenders,” Greenville co-coach Jen Bowen said. “That was the case this weekend too.”

Sarah Newhouse took the loss for the Yellow Jackets. She pitched three innings, allowing nine runs on seven hits. Nikota Howe pitched one inning in relief.

“I think our freshman pitcher (Newhouse) stepped up and did a job that we needed her to do tonight,” Greenville co-coach Jen Bowen said.  “She threw a lot of strikes and let them do the work. We had some holes in our defense tonight and our bats were pretty quiet in the first game.”

Hannah Linebaugh, Kyleigh Linebaugh and Alkire each had two hits in game two.

The Redskins improved to 17-10 overall with the wins. Linebaugh feels her team is improving at the right time of the season.

“We are hitting it at the right time,” Linebaugh said. “Our bats are coming on and our defense is great. All of our injuries are behind us and we have a full lineup now.”

Kyleigh Linebugh earned the win in game one. She pitched all seven innings and had 10 strikeouts. Howe took the loss for Greenville.

Hannah Linebuagh had three hits and one RBI while Makayla Boss and Mariah Henizelman each had two RBIs.

The Yellow Jackets fell to 13-15 overall.

Greenville will host Northview while the Redskins host Forest Hills Northern today.

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