For the fifth consecutive season, the Belding Redskins softball team won a district championship. They followed that win up with a fourth consecutive regional championship a week later. This year, though, they did it without three-time all-state pitcher Kyleigh Linebaugh. The former Belding star just completed her freshman season of softball for the Davenport University Panthers.
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With just one returning senior this year, the Belding Redskins were not expected to advance this far into the state softball playoffs. Still, the Redskins feel they let one slip away during the Division 2 quarterfinal against the Linden Eagles at Davenport University in Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
The Belding Redskins softball team has won four consecutive regional titles. They will be looking for their first trip to the Division 2 state semifinals since 2010. In 2010, the Redskins defeated Williamston 3-2 to advance to Bailey Park in Battle Creek for the state semifinals. After two quarterfinal losses the past two years (2011 to Stevensville Lakeshore and 2012 to Wayland Union), the Redskins are ready for the return trip to the “Cereal City.”
Year after year, the Belding Redskins continue to find ways to win. Saturday wasn’t any different. The Redskins earned a pair of exciting 3-2 victories, the first over Grand Rapids Christian and the second in eight innings over Hudsonville Unity Christian to capture the Division 2 regional championship at Hope College in Holland.
Different year, same results. The Belding Redskins softball program just continues to win. Saturday’s 9-2 win over Comstock Park at home gave the Redskins their fifth straight district title.
Two local softball teams will be heading to the regional round of the playoffs after winning their district tournament. Belding and Central Montcalm are moving on after two wins Saturday.
Conference champions. For the first time ever, the Belding Redskins girls track team can say they are conference champions after Friday’s victory at the O-K Blue Conference meet at Coopersville.
A pair of Belding football players are moving on to college football. Michael Stephan and Brendan Zuver signed letters of intent to play football at different Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association schools. Stephan signed with Hope and Zuver with Albion.
The Belding Redskins track team faced one more O-K Blue Conference foe on Monday before the league meet begins on Thursday. The result was a pair of victories for both the boys and girls teams. The win for the girls concluded a perfect 6-0 conference record with a 103-34 win over the Wyoming Wolves at home.
Belding’s track teams continued their dominance of the Lakeview Invitational Friday. The Redskins girls won the meet with 173-1/2 points, beating Evart’s 80-1/2 and Morley Stanwood’s 67.