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Belding starter Paige Ledin delivers a pitch in the first inning during Saturday’s Division 2 regional semifinal. - Bruce Bentley

Belding rally falls short in regional semifinal

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.

Belding senior Rachel Hunt connects on a pitch during a game this season. The Redskins won its sixth straight district title on Saturday at home.

Belding looking ahead to only Allendale

Belding’s softball team made it six straight Division 2 district titles on Saturday at their own field. Winning six straight district titles has not been lost on coach Mikayla Linebaugh, who has coached the Redskins for all six of those titles.

Belding’s Brady Blasher prepares for his at bat Monday against Greenville. Belding fell to Greenville 9-8 in game one of the double header.

Greenville baseball takes two from Belding

Greenville’s baseball team got some offense going in their doubleheader against Belding Monday. The Yellow Jackets were able to pound out 19 runs in beating the Redskins 9-8 and 10-1 on Belding’s diamond.

Belding’s Rachel Warner competes in the 3,200 relay during the O-K Blue Conference meet at home this month.

High expectations for Belding girls track

The Belding Redskins girls track team is in the midst of an incredibly successful two-year run. The Redskins followed up last year’s perfect O-K Blue season and conference championship with a second consecutive perfect dual season and track championship, the only two girls track titles in school history.

Belding’s Brian Daller connects on a pitch, but flies to center field during the second inning on Wednesday at Fifth Third Ballpark against Cedar Springs.

Belding falls twice at Fifth Third Ballpark

The Belding Redskins, unfortunately, have been finding ways to lose baseball games this year. On Wednesday night, at Fifth Third Ballpark, the Redskins did more of the same in two nonconference losses to the Cedar Springs Red Hawks.

Belding’s Summer Eubanks clears a hurdle during Tuesday’s shortened track meet at home against Allendale. Eubanks placed second behind teammate Alex Parker.

Storm delays Belding track vs. Allendale

Inclement weather forced a delay in the track meet between the Belding Redskins and Allendale Falcons on Tuesday evening. The matchup between O-K Blue rivals was delayed after five completed events and will be made up on Monday at 4 p.m.

Belding sophomore Veronica Muniz maneuvers around two defenders from Wyoming during Wednesday’s game at Rudness Field. The Redskins won 1-0.

Griffioen’s goal leads Belding to 1-0 victory

It took the Belding Redskins less than five minutes to open the scoring on Wednesday against Wyoming. Little did the Redskins know, but Tina Griffioen’s goal would be the only score of the night in a 1-0 shutout win over the Wyoming Wolves at Rudness Field.

Belding’s Ryan Rich waits for the ball at first base against Coopersville on Thursday at home. The Redskins split their first doubleheader of the season against the Broncos.

Belding opens season with split vs. Coopersville

Belding softball coach Mikayla Linebaugh noted how her Redskins should have had a few games under their belts by now. “The toughest thing is it was our first time out,” she said. “We should have had seven or eight ball games in by now.”

Belding’s Teresa Myles, second from right, starts a distance run during The Daily News Track Classic last year at Greenville High School.

Belding girls ready for more track success

The 2013 girls track season was an incredible one for the Belding Redskins. Last year included a 6-0 dual meet record, invitational wins at home and Lakeview, first place at the O-K Blue Conference meet and the O-K Blue championship. The Redskins placed fourth at regionals, ninth out of 15 teams at the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association (MITCA) team state meet and broke eight school records last year.

Belding’s Neil McCully, top, tries to roll over Allendale’s Jon Nielsen during the O-K Blue Conference championships Feb. 1.

Belding matmen ‘dealt with some adversity’

Even though the Belding wrestling team finished with a good record, it was a trying time for the Redskins. The team had to rearrange lineups constantly, noted coach Travis Meyer.