Lakeview, Vestaburg split: The Wildcats opened the season with a win and a loss against the Wolverines Thursday, losing the first game 3-2 on a bases-loaded walk, but winning the second game 4-2. Brad Hamlin took the loss in relief in the opener, going two-thirds of an inning and allowing four walks. Lakeview had three hits in the game, with Joey Cole getting two and Cameron Decker getting one. Hamlin got the win in the second game despite going only two innings and scattering five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Jordan Stephens was credited with a save when he went the final four innings and walked three, fanned one and gave up four hits. Calvin Englund had two hits in that game. Record: 1-1. Next game: at Morley Stanwood Tuesday.
Montabella shut out twice: The Mustangs had only four hits in two losses to Farwell Thursday, losing 10-0 and 1-0 to the Eagles. Austin Huber had the only hit in the opener, while Chase Murray, Nate Moore and Aldo Nava had the other three in the second game. Brady Burggren took the loss in the nightcap despite three hits allowed, one walk and six strikeouts. Record: 0-2. Next game: at home against Vestaburg Tuesday.
Belding earns split: The Redskins had one win and one loss against Coopersville Thursday, losing the opener 8-2, but winning the nightcap 1-0. In game one, Aaden Quinn pitched a complete game, allowing 13 hits while striking out two. Sam Syrjala had two of Belding’s four hits in the game. In the nightcap, the Redskins scored in the fourth inning on a Quinn base hit and made it stand with a complete-game one-hitter from freshman Logan Campbell, who fanned four and walked seven. Belding had four hits on the night. Records: 1-1 and 1-1. Next game: at Coopersville today.
CC-Crystal drops opener: The Eagles were outscored 23-5 in their first doubleheader of the season, losing to Ithaca 11-1 in five innings and 12-4 Thursday. Whitney LaVictor took the loss in the first game, going all five innings and giving up nine hits. She struck out two and walked three. CC-Crystal’s two hits in that game came from Taylee Smith and Sierra Assemany. Kendall Norton was hit with the loss in the second game, as she gave up 11 hits and five walks with three strikeouts in five innings of work. Hunter Vining had two of the Eagles’ five hits. Record: 0-2. Next games: at the Potterville Invitational Saturday.
Big Rapids 2, Greenville 0: The Yellow Jackets were the second victim of the Cardinals this week, as Big Rapids is now 2-0 on the season. Kirsten Hilliker made nine saves for Greenville. Record: 0-1. Next game: at Cedar Springs Wednesday.
Coopersville 95.5, Belding 40.5: The Redskins fell in their first O-K Blue meet of the season on Thursday at home. Winners for Belding included Gunnar Bach (110 hurdles), Trevor Curtis (1,600 run and 3,200 run) and Andrew Swider (200 dash). The Redskins also took first place in the 400 and 800 relays. Quote: “It was finally good to run outside two days in a row. Andrew Swider had a very solid day for the guys. He anchored two sprint relays and ran a solid open 200.” — coach John Carlson. Record: 0-1. Next meet: at Sparta on Tuesday.
Belding 87.5, Coopersville 49.5: The Redskins opened the O-K Blue track season the same way they ended it last year, with a win. McKenzie Breimayer led the Redskins with four wins in the 100, 200, 400 relay and 800 relay. Gabby Holyfield had two wins in the shot put and discus. Other winners included Mackenzie Rode (long jump), Summer Eubank (100 hurdles), Johanna McCully (400 dash), Monica Baylis (800 run) and Alexa Syrjala (3,200). Belding won all four relay events. Quote: “Our freshmen girls had a strong day. Alexa Syrjala won the 3,200 and ran a leg of the 3,200 relay. Summer Eubank won the 100 hurdles and took second in the 300 hurdles. Johanna McCully won the open 400 and ran on the winning 400 and 800 relays and took a second in the open 200. Halle Breimayer ran on the winning 400 and 800 relays and took third in the 100 and 200 dashes.” — coach John Carlson. Record: 1-0. Next meet: at Sparta on Tuesday.