COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports yesterday, in baseball and softball, it was Coldwater at home against Gull Lake and that included the softball action you heard here on AM 1590 and FM 95.5 WTVB with a split in the doubleheader as the visiting Blue Devils took the opener 9-to-1 with Coldwater winning the nightcap 3-to-2.
Jessica Becks took the loss in the first game when the Lady Cardinals committed 11 errors. In game two, Coldwater had only 2 errors while Sierra Crist picked up the victory, going the distance on a 6-hitter with just 2 walks. Becks had an over-the-fence home run and a double. Ashley Burkhardt added a double and an rbi while Michaela Gillette had the other rbi with a single. Our McDonald’s Players of the Game for Coldwater in the victory were Junior Sierra Crist and freshman second baseman Michaela Gillette. Coldwater is now 4-and-10 overall and 1-and-5 in league play.
Also yesterday in softball, Quincy dropped a doubleheader at Springport 7-to-2 and 13-to-0. Quincy slips to 2-and-8 overall and 0-and-6 in the Big Eight.
Also, Union City split a doubleheader at home against Jonesville with the host Chargers winning the opener 10-to-9 while the Comets took the nightcap 14-to-3. McKensey McRae pitched both games for Union City. In the victory, she tossed a 7-hitter with only one walk. She also had 3 hits and an rbi. Bethann Hammond had 4-hits including a triple and 3 rbi’s and Marissa Mead also had 4 hits with an rbi. In the first game, Hammond went 3-for-3 with two triples.
In j-v softball yesterday, Coldwater swept a doubleheader at Gull Lake 18-to-0 and 24-to-8. The winning pitchers were Kattie Ness and Kyli Traskos. In game one, Traskos had 2 singles and a double and 2 rbi’s while in the second game, Morgan Howard had a three run over the fence homer and a double as the j-v team improved its record to 10-and-3.
Yesterday in baseball, Coldwater dropped two in its twinbill at home against Gull Lake 15-to-7 and 13-to-3. The losing pitchers were Skyler Reincke and Mitch Galloway. In the opener, Zach Watson, Taylor Kesler and Derek Smith had 2 hits apiece with 3 rbi’s for Smith, who had a double while Watson had a triple. Coldwater slips to 3-and-3 in the SMAC East and 5-and-9 overall.
Also in baseball, Quincy swept a doubleheader at Springport 5-to-1 and 17-to-4. The winning pitchers were McCabe Brand and Bryce McCavitt. In the opener, Caleb Harmon, Andrew VanBuskirk and Brand had 3 hits apiece with 2 rbi’s for Harmon.
The second game featured a 12-run fourth inning for the Orioles including 3-run homers for Harmon and Mitchell Landis. Jimmy Strock added 2 hits and 3 rbi’s as Quincy improved to 8-and-3 overall and 5-and-1 in the conference.
Also in the Big Eight, Union City split a doubleheader at home against Jonesville. The visiting Comets won the opener 9-to-5 with the Chargers winning the nightcap 5-to-4 in eight innings. Emmett Fraley picked up the victory for Union City.
In j-v baseball, Coldwater dropped two at Gull Lake 10-to-1 and 3-to-1. In game one Grant Maurer took the loss while Steven Suelzer had 2 hits. In the second game, Randall Linton suffered the defeat with two hits apiece for Maurer, Zach DeMeester and Ian Wright. And in freshman baseball, Coldwater fell 8-to-3 at Portage Central. Kollin Wark took the loss while Shane Dunn and Morgan Sims each had 2 hits.
Yesterday in track, Coldwater competed in a tri-meet with Harper Creek at Sturgis with the boy’s and girl’s teams each finishing third. In the boy’s meet, Coldwater’s best showing came from Clark Borden, placing runner-up in the 400 yard dash. The girl’s meet saw Coldwater with a pair of double winners. Becca Schott finished first in the 800 and 16-hundred meter runs while Erika Kish won the shot put and discus.
Also in track, Bronson earned a split at Mendon with the Vikings winning the girl’s meet 76-to-60 while the host Hornets took the boy’s meet 87-to-50. Caleb McGuire was a double winner in the 16-hundred and 32-hunded meter runs while Nate Smoker finished first in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.
In girl’s tennis, Bronson lost at home 7-to-1 to Pennfield with a win for the Vikings at third doubles for Erin Laukhuf and Liz Riddle.
And in boy’s golf yesterday, Coldwater hosted a j-v jamboree at the Golf Club of Coldwater and finished fourth out of five teams. The Cardinals were led by Jeff Werkman with a 53.
On today’s high school schedule, in girl’s soccer, it’s Coldwater at home against Gull Lake. It’s also Youth Soccer Night, with any youth wearing a soccer jersey admitted free. There will also be a short exhibition match featuring two girl’s AYSO teams in between the j-v and varsity games. The j-v action begins at five o’clock with the varsity starting around 6:45. Also in girl’s soccer, Quincy has a home match against Onsted at 5:30 at the AYSO Creal Soccer Complex in Coldwater. In baseball and softball, it’s Bronson at Centreville. In girl’s tennis, Coldwater hosts Battle Creek Central and in boy’s golf, Coldwater plays in a SMAC East Jamboree hosted by Sturgis.
Today on the Coach’s Corner, it’s Bronson boy’s golf coach Eric Smith.
In middle school sports yesterday, in tennis, the Coldwater “A” team posted a 7-to-1 victory at home over Sturgis. Winning for Coldwater were Nathan Waterbury, Sean Delaney, Nick Galliers, and Kumaran Arivole in the singles matches while earning the other 3 points were Brendan Spangler and Nolan Duda at 1st Doubles, Kameron Miller and Jacob Osborne at 2nd Doubles and Keagan Dwyer and Evan Henry at 3rd Doubles.
The Coldwater “B” team also beat Sturgis 6-to-2 with singles victories for Tanner Bowers, Shane O'Grady and Emma Grife while Allison Butler and Jordyn Fox won at first doubles, Austin Butler and Bracy Groshko at third doubles and Andrew Sheets and Tyler Newman at fourth doubles.