Central Montcalm’s softball team made three critical errors that determined its playoff fate. All three Portland batters who were safe on those errors came around to score, including the game-winner in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 3-2 win over the Green Hornets in the Division 2 pre-district game Tuesday. Central got the first batter of the ninth inning out but the next four reached base, starting with Rachel Click being safe on a fielding error.
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On most nights, the pitching performance by Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman would result in a win. On Monday, Braman was slightly out dueled by Carson City-Crystal’s Dallas O’Green in a 1-0 shut out win at Central Montcalm. Both pitchers went the distance. O’Green allowed a single hit in the first inning and struck out six including the final three outs of the game. Braman allowed four hits, one of them a game-winning infield hit, and struck out five.
Belding’s girls will be well represented at the state Division 2 track finals in Zeeland. The Redskin girls will be going in eight events after the regionals Friday at Houseman Field. Belding’s 800-meter relay team of Hallee Breimayer, Johanna McCully, Emma Jakeway and Lauren McDowell (1:47.04) finished second to Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills and is headed to the state finals.
Central Montcalm has been struggling at the plate. On Friday, behind two key defensive plays, the Hornets combined some small ball and timely hits to defeat CSAA Gold rival Chippewa Hills 5-0 in game one of a doubleheader. Chase Myers pitched a complete game for the shutout win allowing four hits and and three walks.
In a game that should have a significant implication on the CSAA Gold championship, Central Montcalm and Tri County needed nine innings to decide the winner. The Hornets — the defending league champions — trailed 4-1 after three innings before making a comeback to win 7-4 over the Vikings in game one of a doubleheader on Friday. The Hornets scored twice in the fifth inning. They tied the game in the top of the seventh — without a hit — before scoring three times in the final inning to pull off the win.
The Central Montcalm Hornets are primed to have an outstanding season on the diamond. On Wednesday, a young Greenville Yellow Jackets team witnessed what the Hornets have to offer this season as they were swept 15-0 (in three innings) and 7-0.
On paper, Tri County should have won. On the mat, Tri County did not win. In stunning fashion, the Belding Redskins upset the No. 8 ranked Vikings with a pin in the final match to knock off the favorite 33-32 in the semifinals of the Division 3 team district wrestling tournament at Central Montcalm on Thursday.
For the second time this season two of the top teams in the CSAA-Gold battled down to the wire. This time is was Tri County edging past rival Central Montcalm 50-48 at home on Friday night. “I thought we hit free throws down the stretch and understood the situations,” Tri County co-coach Chris Overbeek said. “We had some kids step up and play good defense tonight.”
It had been a long time since Central Montcalm defeated rival Lakeview in girls basketball. The Wildcats looked out of sync from the opening tip, while the Hornets came ready to play in a 47-31 win at home on Tuesday.
The competition at the individual Lakeview Invitational was noticeably tougher than past seasons. With the additions of Grandville (ranked No. 6 in Division 1) and Chippewa Hills (No. 3 in Division 3), the individual talent featured many 2015 state placers, including defending state champion Cameron Mahlich of Ionia. Chippewa Hills and Grandville dominated the competition with six individual champions and six runner-ups in 14 weight classes. Chippewa Hills, though, edged Granville in total points 250-233.5.