COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Mother Nature has taken another shot at the high school sports schedule for today. All Bronson High School athletic events Wednesday, including tennis at Battle Creek St Philip, varsity track at Mendon, varsity baseball vs Battle Creek St Philip, and jv softball at Niles-Brandywine are cancelled, as well as junior high track at Sturgis. The Coldwater High tennis meet against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix is also cancelled.
Tuesday featured a busy schedule for Branch County high school sports. In baseball, Coldwater split a doubleheader at Niles with the visiting Cardinals dropping the opener 4-to-1 before taking the nightcap 7-to-6. Kelvin Miller took the loss in the first game while Taylor Kesler had a pair of singles and scored a run on a sacrifice fly by Brendan Spangler.
In the Cardinal’s victory, they rallied from a 5-to-0 first inning deficit with Ian Wright the starter and winner on the mound while Grant Maurer earned the save. At the plate, Maurer had a double and two singles with an RBI. Skylar Reincke had two doubles and an RBI while Ryan Mock and Kelvin Miller each added two singles and an RBI. Coldwater is now 2-and-2 and is scheduled to play at home tomorrow against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix.
In yesterday’s j-v games at Niles, the host Vikings swept Coldwater 7-to-3 and 6-to-5 with Randall Linton and Sean Printke the losing pitchers. Brayton Rzepka had a double and 2 singles in the first game. Also in baseball yesterday, Quincy opened its season by dropping a Big Eight doubleheader at Concord 5-to-4 and 9-to-1. Bryce McCavitt and Connor Bassage were the losing pitchers.
In the opener, Stephen Avra had two hits and two RBI’s while in the nightcap, Jimmy Strock had two hits and an RBI. And Union City won its opener yesterday with a 7-to-6 eighth inning victory at home over Homer. The nightcap was delayed by weather in the bottom of the sixth with Union City trailing 6-to-2. They hope to finish up the game on Friday.
Yesterday, in softball, Quincy was swept in a doubleheader at Concord, losing both games 15-to-0. And Union City dropped a pair at home to Homer 5-to-3 and 11-to-3. Marissa Mead took the loss in both games. In game one, Shane Hasty had a single and two RBI’s while in the nightcap, Carley Dibert had two hits.
In girl’s soccer yesterday, in a varsity only match, Coldwater improved to 2-and-0 on the season with a 2-to-1 win at home over Hillsdale. The Lady Cardinals dominated play throughout, outshooting Hillsdale 30-1 on the night. All the scoring came in the second half with Kait Vella getting the opening goal, assisted by Mackenzie McGuire. After Hillsdale scored two minutes later on their only shot on goal, Becca Harmon broke the tie with a penalty kick with 30 minutes left in the match. Shelby Bowers made one save in goal. Coldwater will host Three Rivers for another non conference contest tomorrow with the JV game at 5 and the varsity at 6:45.
Also in girl’s soccer, Quincy started its season with a 3-to-0 non-conference victory at Olivet. In a rain filled game that featured a thunder delay, Quincy led 1-to-0 at the half on a goal from Liz Counterman. Six minutes into the second half, play was stopped with a 30-minute delay after which Couterman added a second goal and Kenzie Moore closed out the scoring with an assist from Counterman.
Quincy outshot Olivet 15-to-7 with 5 saves in goal for Kati Santi. Tomorrow night at 5:30, the Lady Orioles have a home match against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix.
Yesterday in track, it was a split for Quincy at Sand Creek with the visiting Orioles winning the boy’s meet 70-to-67 while the Aggies took the girl’s meet 106-to-31.
And in boy’s golf, in a St. Joe Valley Jamboree at the Bronson Golf Club, the host Vikings finished second with a team score of 173 with Centreville winning the match at 163. Robert O’Rourke of Bronson was the medalist for the day with a 37 while Jonah Houtz shot a 40 for the Vikings.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson baseball coach Matt Watkins.