Four hits and four runs by the Belding Redskins baseball team broke open a pitcher’s duel against the Carson City-Crystal Eagles. Leading 1-0, the Redskins scored four times in the sixth inning and added a run in the seventh to defeat the host Eagles 6-1 in a non-conference game on Friday. Belding only had two hits and one unearned run through the first five innings.
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With nine wins in its first 12 games, the Belding Redskins are off to a good start this baseball season. Belding coach Michael Ostrander said pitching has been the key to its early season success. He also noted the schedule will toughen up quickly.
Greenville girls soccer coach Jeremy Neve may wish he had a taller goalkeeper. Belding scored two goals over the head of Greenville goalkeeper Kenna Allen to beat the arch rival Yellow Jackets 2-1 on Thursday at Yellow Jacket Stadium. Belding coach Tom Griffioen noted they had to play without a few key players, including his daughter Tina, who watched from the sideline.
The Belding Redskins girls track team has a stranglehold on the O-K Blue. Belding, which has not lost a league meet since the 2012 season, is 2-0 in the league this season including an 80-56 win over Allendale at home on Tuesday. The boys team hasn’t had that same success and struggled against Allendale in a 122-15 loss on Tuesday.
After spending spring break in the sunshine and warmth of Florida, the Belding Redskins baseball team played like they were in midseason form. Belding pounded out 11 hits, three each by Dylan McMaster and Tyler Reichel, while Aaden Quinn put together a solid performance on the mound in a 7-0 win against the Lakeview Wildcats at home on Tuesday. Quinn pitched all seven innings. He allowed just two hits, two walks and struck out eight.
Pitching usually has the edge early in the softball season while hitters adjust their timing. Belding’s Paige Ledin had that edge. The senior starter threw six shutout innings, while striking out nine batters, in an 8-0 season opening win at home against Vestaburg on Tuesday.
Such a wide range of emotions can be found at the state wrestling finals where even winning is sometimes met with disappointment. Tears can stream from the faces of winners and losers. Winners can feel exhilaration, shock and relief. Losers can feel heartbreak, anger and even contentment. Without a doubt, no other sport displays as many emotions as wrestling does. After three days, just 56 wrestlers out of 896 will be crowned individual state champions, although 448 in four divisions will walk away with All-State honors.
A few matches that could have gone either way ended up being the difference for Belding’s wrestling team. In the first round of the Division 3 regionals at Tri County High School, the Redskins were ousted by Grand Rapids Catholic Central 38-33. The result was not what Belding coach Art Ward hoped for.
Montabella’s boys basketball team had to hold off a resilient Belding team. But hold the Redskins off the Mustangs did, winning 64-57 after leading by 18 after three quarters. “They (Belding) played a tough fourth quarter, hit some tough shots that got their motivation going, got a little bit of momentum,” Montabella coach Jared Simon said. “They carried that and did a good job of making a run back. You have to credit them.”
Katie Wood played her final game at home. Wood, a four-year starter, went out in style, scoring 28 points while leading the Belding Redskins to a 75-60 win over Comstock Park on Friday. “We wanted her last game to be really special,” Belding coach Brad Wilson said. “She led us offensively and defensively. She just has the drive to win and she will do anything it takes to do that. As a coach, it’s fun to watch and sit back and marvel at her talent.”