CC-Crystal splits at Potterville: The Eagles went to the Potterville Invitational Saturday and took one of the two games they played. They opened against Vermontville Maple Valley and lost 2-1. Garner Cusack took a complete-game loss, allowing five hits and striking out six around five walks. Hunter Clark and Thomas Vargas were each 2-for-3 at the plate in the game. In the second game, CC-Crystal got a 5-4 win over Bellvue when Jack Powers knocked in two runs for a 5-3 lead, then Lucas Ratu got the final two outs without a hit or walk for the save. The winning pitcher was Clark, who gave up one hit and five walks while striking out four in three innings. Vargas, Cusack, Powers and Mitch Wesley had a hit each for the Eagles. Record: 5-5. Next: at Potterville today.
Central 1-2 at P-W: The Green Hornets went to the Pewamo-Westphalia tournament Saturday and went 1-2 on the day. They opened with Saranac, losing 12-11 in nine innings. Scylar Blaisdell took the loss in that game, going four innings and allowing four hits. Michaela Crooks had four hits for Central and Molly Buskirk, Karli Clark, Sadie Rowland. Makayla Studley and Maddie Christensen had two hits each. The Hornets won the second game, a 15-0 mercy of Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian. Blaisdell gave up two hits and struck out two in the three-inning game, then helped her own cause with two hits at the plate. Buskirk also had two hits. In the final game, the host Pirates beat Central 10-0 in six innings, handing Rowland the loss after she scattered eight hits and five walks with two strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Crooks, Buskirk, Clark and Christensen had hits in the game. Record: 3-6. Next: at home against Vestaburg today.
Belding blanked at Eaton Rapids: The Redskins were mercied three times at the Eaton Rapids Invitational Saturday, losing 17-0 to Mount Pleasant, 13-0 to the host Greyhounds and 14-0 to Wayland. Hill took the loss in the first and third games, going only an inning and a third against the Oilers and allowing five hits and two walks with a strikeout, then going only two-thirds of an inning against Wayland and scattering two walks and five hits without a strikeout. Kyleigh Linebaugh was the losing pitcher in the second game, as she went three innings and allowed five hits and a walk without a strikeout. Makayla Boss and Hannah Linebaugh had the only hits in the opener; Voss, Hannah Linebaugh and Kyleigh Linebaugh had the only hits in the second game and Mindy Reminga had the only hit in the third game. Record: 7-7. Next: at Coopersville Tuesday.
Montabella loses twice: The Mustangs lost both of their games at the Fulton Invitational Saturday, losing to the host Pirates 11-1 and then to Merrill 16-0. Kayla LaCroix had four hits on the day, with three of those coming in the opener. The other spoiled a no-hit bid by the Vandals. Cheyann Frasle and Emily Lint took the losses on the mound for Montabella. Record: 4-13. Next: at Coleman today.
CC-Crystal loses two: The Eagles went to the Potterville Invitational Saturday and came away without a win, losing to Perry 6-1 and the host Vikings 1-0. In the opener, Mackenzie Geister took the loss when her defense committed five errors. Geister allowed nine hits and struck out two without a walk. Six different CC-Crystal players had one hit in the game. Potterville scored in the bottom of the fifth and final inning of the second game to get the win. Katie Wilcox was the losing pitcher despite allowing only two hits and striking out four. The only hit registered by the Eagles was by Meriah Gallagher. Record: 4-6. Next: at home against Potterville today.
Belding 3, Ionia 2: Mackenzie Krieger broke a 2-2 tie at halfime with an unassisted goal to give the Redskins their first win of the season on Friday. Krieger also scored on a penalty kick in the first half and Charlene Kehoe added a first-half tally. Samantha Parker made six saves in goal for Belding. Record: 1-3-1. Next: at home against Coopersville today.
Ludington 2, Lakeview 0: The Wildcats were shut out by the Orioles Friday night. Danielle Clark made 11 saves in the loss. Quote: “The girls played really well. Two unlucky goals.” – Lakeview coach Chris Smith. Record: 4-3-1. Next: at home against Reed City today.
Montabella 12th at Fulton: The Mustangs got only four places for their 15 points Saturday, as Jared Martin was second in the long jump (19-3) and fourth in the 100 meters (11.5), Jonny Durham was fifth in the pole vault (9-0) and Max Taubitz was sixth in the pole vault (9-0). Next: at home for the MSAC jamboree Wednesday.
CC-Crystal 15th: The Eagles were 15th at the Fulton Invitational Saturday, scoring eight points. Tyler Craig got all eight, finishing fourth in the 1,600 (4:56) and the 3,200 (10:13). Next: at home against Pewamo-Westphalia, Fowler and Portland St. Patrick Wednesday.
CC-Crystal seventh: At the Fulton Invitational Saturday the Eagles ended up with 48 points to finish seventh among the 16 teams. Katelyn Beyer was the big point-scorer, winning the 1,600 (5:38) and 3,200 (12:13). Elizabeth McCrackin helped out with a fifth in the 3,200 (13:11) and Gabby Hummel added a fifth in the 200 (29.03). Next: at home against Pewamo-Westphalia, Fowler and Portland St. Patrick Wednesday.
Montabella ninth at Fulton: The Mustang girls had 22 points, which was good enough for ninth among 16 teams at the Fulton Invitational Saturday. Cora Okkema supplied most of the points, winning the discus (106-8) and the shot put (36-0). Next: at home for the MSAC jamboree Wednesday.
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