Vestaburg’s softball team has overcome defensive errors before. This time, however, they couldn’t. The Wolverines were beaten in the Division 4 state semifinals by defending champion Kalamazoo Christian 6-1 Friday at Michigan State University’s Secchia Stadium.
Tears filled the eyes of the Vestaburg Wolverines softball team.
That’s what happens when seasons come to an end. That’s what happens when seniors have played their final games. That’s what happens when dreams fall short of expectations.
On Friday, the Vestaburg softball season came to an end in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state semifinals in East Lansing at Secchia Stadium on the campus of Michigan State University.
Belding sophomore Greta Wilker was standing on deck. Just one batter away from having the chance to win the game for the Redskins. It was Wilker, after all, who sparked the Redskins in the final inning. Unfortunately, Wilker never got the chance to bat for the second time in the seventh, as the Allendale Falcons held on for a 12-9 Division 2 regional semifinal win at Hope College on Saturday.
Day two at the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state golf finals wasn’t as good to Lakeview senior Jon Wandel as day one was. Wandel fired an 88 on Saturday at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Wandel shot 76 on Friday to finish with a two-round total of 164.
Josh Balhorn is just a sophomore. Regardless of his age, the Montabella golfer has displayed enough skill this year to qualify for the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state golf finals at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek today and Saturday.
Lakeview senior Jon Wandel is a legitimate state championship contender. Wandel will compete Friday and Saturday in the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Division 3 state golf finals at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University. Wandel qualified as an individual with rounds of 78 at districts and 77 at regionals.
The Lakeview Wildcats baseball team struggled to find consistency in its season this year. Part of the inconsistency was due to the awful weather in April, which forced the cancelations of practices and many early season games.
It was a spectacular day for the second annual Tri Greenville Triathlon. With the sun shining bright more than 200 people participated in the triathlon on Saturday, which started and finished at Baldwin Lake in Greenville.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association baseball postseason tournament swings into high gear on Saturday. The tournament actually started on Tuesday with pre-districts and continues tomorrow with the district semifinals and finals. The state semifinals and finals will take place June 12-14 at Michigan State University.
Greenville’s Parker Syrjala hadn’t pitched since mid-April. On Wednesday, Syrjala took the mound against the Lakeview Wildcats and showed no signs of rust. Syrjala, on a strict pitch count, went 4 2/3 innings without allowing a hit or run for a 5-0 victory in the second of two games.