COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports yesterday, in baseball and softball, Coldwater swept their doubleheaders at Pennfield. In the baseball action, the Cardinals won 9-to-8 and 8-to-3 with the nightcap called after five innings due to darkness.
In the opener, starter Ian Wright tossed five innings for the victory followed by an inning and a third of relief from Brandon Lewis and then Kam Sielken nailed down the save, getting two pop outs with the bases loaded to preserve the win. Grant Maurer had a double and two singles while Skylar Reincke and Brendan Spangler each had 3 singles and Ryan Mock and Sielken both had 2 hits and an rbi apiece.
In the second game, Brady Duke went the distance to earn the win. The Cardinals were helped along with the Pennfield pitchers issuing seven walks while Kelvin Miller delivered a 2-run double. Coldwater is now 5-2-and-1.
In the j-v games in Coldwater, the Cardinals dropped a pair to the Panthers 7-to-3 and 5-to-0. Addison Duda and Randall Linton were the losing pitchers. In the first game, Michael Gillette had 3 doubles and scored a run for Coldwater.
In the softball sweep for the Lady Cardinals, they beat Pennfield 11-to-5 and 11-to-1. In the opener, Jessica Becks went the distance with a 4-hitter along with 4 strikeouts and one walk while allowing one earned run. Becks also starred at the plate with a single, double, triple, and four rbi’s. Michaela Gillette added 3 singles.
In the 6-inning nightcap, Kattie Ness earned the victory, scattering 7-hits with 4 strikeouts and one walk. Bailee MacKlem had 3 singles with two rbi’s and Gillette had a pair of singles as Coldwater improved their record to 4-and-2.
Also in softball, Bronson took a pair at Athens 6-to-1 and 10-to-0. Skyler Sobeski won the opener with a 3-hitter and 13 strikeouts. Liz Baker and Grace Pyles each had a single and a double with 2 rbi’s for Pyles.
In the second game, Lindsey Sikorski tossed a five-inning one hitter with 7 strikeouts. Lauren Cary and Pyles had two singles apiece with 2 rbi’s for Cary and one for Pyles while Baker added a home run and 3 rbi’s, The Lady Vikings improved their record to 6-and-1. And Bronson’s baseball team swept a twinbill yesterday at Athens 7-to-0 and 10-to-8.
Last night in girls soccer, Quincy made it four straight wins to start the season with a 5-to-0 conference victory at home over Jackson Christian. The Orioles controlled the ball throughout the match with a strong attack on the offensive side and a stifling defense that held the visiting Royals to only 4 shots on the night.
Quincy made it 1-to-0 at the 23:50 mark as Freshman Cailyn Hines scored the first of her three goals. Then at 12:10, Alissa Bean scored on a pass from Abby Parrish and Kenzie Moore followed with an unassisted goal at the 8:24 mark to give Quincy a 3-0 halftime lead. The second half saw Hines score her second goal at the 30:11 marks and then she completed the hat trick at the 22:26 mark to close out the scoring.