Belding wins two from Lakeview: The Redskins knocked off the Wildcats in a nonconference doubleheader for both teams Monday, winning 5-2 and 6-2. Belding won the first game in nine innings, making a winner of Seth Nelson, who allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four in relief. Chad Kain took the loss for Lakeview, giving up two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Neil McCully and Ron VanDyke had two hits each for the Redskins, while Garrett Cavendish and Kyler Ridgeway had two each for the Wildcats. Jordan Myers pitched a complete game for Belding in the second game, allowing nine hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Ridgeway took the loss for Lakeview, allowing five hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Kole Hart and Cody Douglas knocked out two hits each for the winners, while the Wildcats got two each from Kain and Cavendish. Records: Belding is 14-16-1, Lakeview is 6-17. Next: Belding is at districts June 1, Lakeview is at home against Vestaburg Friday.
Vestaburg 6, Montabella 1: The Mustangs lost to the Wolverines in an MSAC game Monday despite Nate Bandfield throwing a complete-game four-hitter, walking two and striking out seven. Montabella had hits from Nate Jankowsky, Drew Nemeth and Brady Burggren in the game. The second game was called on account of darkness after both teams went 12 innings and the game was still tied at five. Montabella coach Matt Hynes said he believes the game will not be picked up from that point due to how late in the season it is. Records: Montabella is 9-16-2 and 5-9-1, Vestaburg is 8-20-1 and 6-9-1. Next: Montabella is at Saranac Wednesday, Vestaburg is at Lakeview Friday.
CC-Crystal, Fowler split: The Eagles played the Fowler Eagles in a CMAC matchup Monday and took one game. CC-Crystal beat Fowler 4-3 when Lucas Ratu had an RBI triple and Spencer Harwood knocked Ratu home with a single in the bottom of the seventh. That made a winner of pitcher Jack Powers, who went the final inning without any walks, strikeouts or hits. Harwood and Hunter Clark had two hits each for CC-Crystal. Fowler repaid CC-Crystal for that win with a 16-3 mercy in five innings. Powers lasted only two-thirds of an inning and allowed three hits and two walks to take the loss. Nate LaVictor was 2-for-2 and Jordan Evans, who was promoted from the JV squad Monday, had all three RBIs with a double. Record: 13-18. Next: at Delton-Kellogg Wednesday.
Vestaburg defeats Montabella twice: The Mustangs were mercied in both games against the Wolverines in a makeup doubleheader Monday, as Vestaburg won 15-1 and 27-7, both in five innings. Emily Lint took the loss in the opener, as she allowed 10 hits and six walks. Montabella’s only hits were from Kayla LaCroix and Taylor Hutson. Montabella had nine hits in the second game, led by Hutson and Taylor Smith, who had two each. Cheyann Frasle was hit with the loss in the second game. Next: at Saranac Wednesday.
CC-Crystal wins two: The Eagles played a CMAC doubleheader against the Fowler Eagles Monday and won both games by one run, 10-9 and 6-5. A wild pitch on a pitch-out gave CC-Crystal the winning run in the opener, followed by a three-run seventh that gave CC-crystal the win in the second game. Katie Wilcox got both wins, allowing seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the first game and eight hits with two walks and six strikeouts in the second game. Raelynne Ferguson had a total of five hits in the doubleheader. Wilcox and Sarah Bratcher were each 2-for-4 in the opener, while Kali Donahue and Mikayla Duflo had two hits each in the second game. Record: 16-19. Next: at Delton-Kellogg Wednesday.
Lakeview cards 412: The Wildcats went to the Big Rapids Invitational at Katke Golf Course Monday and ended up with a team score of 412. They were led by Brock Kanouse with a 96, Jon Wandel and Jon King with 99s and Jordan Lake with a 118. Next: at CSAA championship today.
Belding shoots 356: The Redskins finished in seventh place at the O-K Blue Conference championship at Boulder Creek on Monday with a 356. GR West Catholic claimed the conference title with a round of 306. Comstock Park was second with 318. Conor Wisman shot 82 and Cody Christensen shot 83. Both earned all-conference honors. Nick Badder added a 93 and Bryce Johnson a 98. Next: districts at The Links of Bowen Lake on May 31.
Belding last at invitational: The Redskin boys finished their own ninth- and 10th-grade invitational Monday in last out of the five teams that participated, scoring 37 points. That was well behind winner Cedar Springs with 135. Trevor Curtis had four places for Belding, finishing second in the high jump (5-2), winning the 1,600 (4:46.65), taking third in the 800 (2:12.13) and helping the 1,600-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish (3:57.82). Next: at the West Michigan Meet of Champions today.
Belding wins own invite: The Redskin girls won their own ninth- and 10th-grade invitational Monday, scoring 121 points to 88 for Cedar Springs and 85 for Sparta. Leading the medal haul was Danielle Rode with a second in the pole vault (8-0), a win in the 400 (1:02.90) and helping out the winning 800-meter relay (1:52.81) and the winning 1,600-meter relay (4:29.64; and Gabby Holyfield, who as second in the high jump (4-2) and the discus (84-9) and won the shot put (32-9). Next: at the West Michigan Meet of Champions today.
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