Central Montcalm wins slugfests over Montabella

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 10:17 am on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

BLANCHARD — Central Montcalm’s softball team got a pair of wins despite coach Jason Johnson saying his team didn’t play all that well.

The Green Hornets took two games from the Montabella Mustangs by scores of 8-6 and 17-10 Monday.

Johnson said the wins felt good to a point.

“It felt good but we need to beat a really quality team,” Johnson said.

Central (9-20) jumped all over Mustang starting pitcher Cheyann Frasle in the first game, scoring six runs in the first inning.

“They brought in their other pitcher, (Emily Lint) and she shut us down for a few innings,” Johnson said.

“They had some good hits. That’s how we start most games out,” Montabella coach Vicki Sawyer said. “Then we pecked away.”

But not close enough, giving Scylar Blaisdell the win. She went the first four innings and gave up 10 hits, fanning one.

Frasle took the loss after she scattered two hits, two walks and a strikeout in one inning.

For Central, Molly Buskirk and Mikayla Studley had two hits each. Montabella (6-22) got three hits from Kayla LaCroix and two each from Sarah Ranney and Krista Daws.

The second game went back and forth as the Hornets would get out to a big lead, only to see the Mustangs make it close.

“We had an inning where we had a lot of errors, and we had pitchers that wouldn’t throw strikes,” Sawyer said.

“We bunted on them (Montabella) a lot in the second game, trying to make them move and throw the ball around,” Johnson said. “We got away from it a little bit, but got back to it later in the game and put runs on the board.”

The fourth inning was where Montabella made the game close, scoring eight runs with two outs.

“We had a pitcher going for a pop fly and the runner ran into her and they (umpires) didn’t call it,” Johnson said. “They scored eight runs on us. It brought it back to a one-run game. We had a huge lead on them (Montabella).”

The winning pitcher in this game was Sadie Rowlands, who pitched only two innings and had five hits allowed without a strikeout or walk.

Frasle pitched in two different parts of the game and ended up allowing eight hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Central’s leading hitters were Studley and Karli Clark with two each. Montabella got three hits from Taylor Smith and two each from LaCroix, Lint, Daws and Mariah Davidson.

“It was really nice to see my kids hitting the ball,” Sawyer said. “Unfortunately, we made as many errors as we had hits.”

Central will get that quality opponent today as they host Morley Stanwood for a doubleheader. Montabella will also get a quality opponent, traveling to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart on Thursday.

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