Belding, Central Montcalm win softball districts


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:42 am on Monday, June 03, 2013

The Belding Redskins show five fingers to represent its fifth consecutive district title on Saturday at home.

Two local softball teams will be heading to the regional round of the playoffs after winning their district tournament.

Belding and Central Montcalm are moving on after two wins Saturday.

The Redskins beat Cedar Springs 12-0 in five innings and Comstock Park 9-2 at the Division 2 district they hosted, while the Green Hornets knocked off White Cloud 6-3 and Morley Stanwood 6-5 in the Division 3 district at Lakeview.

In Belding, Caitlin Alkire pitched both wins, combining for six hits allowed, six strikeouts and two walks.

The Linebaugh sisters, Brooke and Hannah, had two hits each in the opener, while Rachel Hunt and Greta Wilker had three each against the Panthers.

“I think we had all but one kid get a hit and we had lots of multiple hitters. It was lots of fun,” said Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh.

Belding will go to Hope College Saturday to face Grand Rapids Christian, who won the East Grand Rapids district with a 7-2 win over Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

Central had two wins from Paige Switzer in their district games, getting a total of 21 strikeouts, six walks and nine hits.

Scylar Blaisdell and Maddy Christensen had four hits in the two games.

“It was awesome,” Central coach Bruce Nicholson said. “The girls set a goal to be district champs, so they got to do that. It was a good way to move forward with it, especially as young as they are.”

The Hornets will face Manistee in the regional semifinal at Holton Saturday. Manistee won their own district when they beat Scottville Mason County Central 8-0.

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