Greenville wins Big Rapids tourney: The Yellow Jackets won both of their games at the Big Rapids Invitational Saturday, beating the host Cardinals 5-2 and Benzonia Benzie Central 6-1. Travis Groom was the winning pitcher, throwing a complete-game three-hitter with two walks and seven strikeouts. Tre Nelson had two hits in the game for Greenville. Against Benzie Central the winner was Nick Reamer, who threw all seven innings and gave up six hits and four walks, striking out four. Groom, Parker Syrjala and Jacob Crittenden had two hits each. Record: 10-9. Next: at Grand Rapids Northview Tuesday.
Tri County 1-1 at Aquinas: The Vikings split two games Saturday at the Aquinas College Invitational, losing the first to Hopkins 6-1 but beating Wyoming Rogers 8-6. Against Hopkins Christian Johnson took the loss as he allowed six hits, struck out three and walked two. Brandon Peterman and Cody Dines had hits for Tri County. In the second game Peterman got the win in relief. He gave up one hit and stuck out four with four walks in 4 1/3 innings. Cody Mitz had three hits and Devin Thurston added two more for the Vikings. Record: 12-13. Next: at home against Newaygo Tuesday.
Lakeview drops two at own tourney: The Wildcats lost both games of their own tournament Saturday, losing to Scottville Mason County Central 7-0 and Belding 12-11. Kyler Ridgeway was Lakeview’s losing pitcher, allowing six hits and five walks against four strikeouts. Ridgeway and Joey Cole had the only two hits the Wildcats could muster. In the second game, the Redskins got a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh to get the win. Chad Kain took the loss in relief, scattering four hits and five walks in an inning and two-thirds. Calvin Englund was 3-for-4 and Cole and Beau Moore each had two hits. Next: at Reed City Tuesday.
Belding wins own tournament: The Redskins were winners of their own tournament Saturday, beating Reed City 4-1 and Vestaburg 12-3. Against the Coyotes Morgan hill got the win, as she allowed four hits and two walks in seven innings, fanning nine. Hill, Mikayla Boss, Mindy Reminga and Hannah Linebaugh each knocked out two hits in the game. Against the Wolverines, who were ranked 10th in the state in Division 4 by the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association, Kyleigh Linebaugh pitched a complete game, giving up nine hits and a walk while striking out four. Rachel Hunt, Caitlin Alkire and Mariah Hentzelman had two hits each for Belding in that game. Record: 15-10. Next: at Greenville today.
Greenville wins two at Big Rapids: The Yellow Jackets took two of the three games they played at the Big Rapids Invitational Saturday. Greenville opened with Cadillac and lost 11-2. Nikota Howe went all five innings and gave up seven hits, striking out six and walking three. The Jackets were no-hit in the game, getting their two runs on walks and errors. In game two, Greenville defeated the host Cardinals 11-3. Sarah Newhouse was the winning pitcher, as she allowed seven hits with a walk and a strikeout. Beth Gantz and Harleigh Lewis had three hits in the game and Newhouse helped her own cause with two more. The last game was against Alma, and the Jackets beat the Panthers 9-4, with Newhouse getting another win. She scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out four. Gantz was 3-for-4 in the game, Haley Bitner was 2-for-4 and Howe was 2-for-4 with a home run. Record: 13-13. Next: at home against Belding today.
Lakeview splits at Pierce Invite: The Wildcats won the first game but lost the second at their own invitational Saturday. Lakeview won 15-6 over Scottville Mason County Central, giving Sadie Massey a win despite six hits and six walks, striking out six. Erin Vanderzand was 4-for-5, Estelle Molitor was 3-for-4 and Andrea Henry, Liz Nielsen and Keelie Outman each had two hits. But the bats weren’t enough in the second game, as Lakeview lost to Clare 7-5. Vanderzand took the loss, allowing seven hits and a walk. Molitor had two hits and Ashley Sorsen added two more. Record: 15-10. Next: at Reed City Tuesday.