Belding sweeps shorthanded Greenville in doubleheader


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 3:01 pm on Monday, May 01, 2017

GREENVILLE — Belding’s softball team continued to roll Friday.

Belding defeated its arch rival Greenville in a pair of games Friday, winning 14-0 in five innings and 13-3 in six innings.

Belding’s Jo VanderRoer, left, drops a ball that allowed Greenville’s Addie Chesebro, right, safe at first during the first game of the two teams’ doubleheader Friday.

“We’ve been on a streak now,” Belding coach Sadie Stowell said. “Seven in a row. We’re finally clicking now and we’ve found a lineup and it’s been working.”

Belding (8- 7 overall) scored three times in the first inning, four more times in the third and finished the mercy with seven in the fifth.

Macey Heintzelman took care of the Yellow Jackets’ offense, going all five innings and allowing just two hits while fanning three and walking three.

“She has been lights out,” Stowell said. “We finally have some defense behind her. The last couple of games she’s just been going fast and throwing strikes.”

Meanwhile, Belding’s offense had eight hits, led by Olivia Stephan and Lexi Pilkinton with two each.

Greenville’s losing pitcher was Adrienne Chaney, who threw 4 1/3 innings, gave up eight hits and four walks with two strikeouts.

“We just jumped on those first strikes and those good pitches early, get some runs in and set the tone,” Stowell said. “We really seemed to do that and everything just kind of followed after.”

Belding jumped on Yellow Jacket pitcher Alesha Chesebro for five runs in the first inning of the second game, only to see Greenville (3- 10 overall) get two of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning.

But Belding pitcher Emmi Parker took care of the Jackets the rest of the way, allowing just four hits the rest of the way. She gave up the third run in the sixth inning after a Morgan Gotwalt double and a Chesebro RBI single.

“We weren’t staying back (in the batter’s box), we weren’t swinging at the best pitches, but we were aggressive on the base paths and that made up for our hitting and so we scored the runs we needed,” Stowell said. “We took advantage of some errors and busted the game open at that point.”

Belding’s Macey Heintzelman fires a pitch during the first game of Belding’s doubleheader against Greenville Friday.

Parker gave up five hits to five different Jackets, walking one and striking out four.

Chesebro allowed 10 hits and five walks without a strikeout.

Heintzelman was 4-for-5 in the second game for Belding, scoring twice and knocking in two runs.

Greenville coach Tom Hallock said he wasn’t sure if the Jackets were focused.

“We didn’t play very well,” Hallock said. “Prom was this weekend. I don’t know if that was distracting or what. We just couldn’t get put together.”

Hallock also said he didn’t have all his players.

“I had one at a wedding, I have one injured and I have one not eligible,” he said. “Morgan (Gotwalt) came up for us ad I thought she did a decent job at third base. That was a nice positive at the end of the night.”

Both teams have conference games on Tuesday. Belding goes to Grandville Calvin Christian Wednesday for an O- K Silver doubleheader while Greenville plays Tuesday at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central in an O-K White doubleheader.

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