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Coldwater Soccer Team Wins Battle Of The Birds


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in girl’s soccer on Saturday, in the inaugural “Battle of the Birds”, host Coldwater topped Quincy 1-to-0. Miranda Caitlin scored the lone goal off a corner kick from Kaitlyn Vella, who picked up the assist. Shelby Bowers made 6 saves in goal for Coldwater, which was outshot by Quincy 10-to-7. The victory improved the Lady Cardinal’s record to 3-3-and-1 while it was Quincy’s first loss in five games this season.

In j-v soccer play on Saturday, Coldwater beat visiting Kalamazoo Hackett 2-to-0. Allison Germann scored both goals, while Mina Wellet made 6 saves as the j-v team improved its record to 5-and-1. In softball on Saturday, Coldwater had a 1-and-2 record at the Chelsea Invitational. They opened with an 8-to-1 loss to Grass Lake. Jessica Becks suffered the defeat with Coldwater committing 9 errors.

At the plate, Michaela Gillette had a home run and a single while MacKenzie Galloway had a double and a single and Becks added two singles. Coldwater then fell to Livonia Churchwood 14-to-9 with Kattie Ness taking the loss. Gillette had a double and 2 singles. Ness came back to get the win as the Lady Cardinals beat Holt 5-to-4 in eight innings. Becks had a triple and a single and an rbi with a double and a single and two rbi’s for Morgan Howard. Coldwater’s record is now 4-and-5. In baseball, Quincy suffered a pair of defeats at the Michigan Center Invitational, losing 9-to-6 to both Parma Western and East Jackson. The losing pitchers were Michael Tesch and Connor Bassage. Jimmy Strock had 2 hits, including a solo home run against Parma Western while against East Jackson, Bassage and Jake Rider had two hits apiece with two rbi’s for Rider. Quincy’s record is 2-and-4.

Also in baseball, Union City had two wins at the Tekonsha Invitational with the Chargers beating Litchfield 16-to-0 in 3 innings and Tekonsha 13-to-0 in five innings. Union City improved its record to 6-and-2. In track on Saturday, 11 schools competed at the Union City invitational. Union City won the boys meet with Quincy finishing second while in the girls meet, Union City took second place while Quincy was fourth. In the boy’s meet, Union City’s Josh Holt finished first in the 100,200 and 400 meter dashes and also won the long jump while Jesse Anderson won the two hurdles races. And in the girls meet for Union City, Brooke Johnson won the 100, 200, and 400 meter dashes.

And in girls tennis, Coldwater won their makeup match Saturday at Battle Creek Central 7-to-1. They swept the singles matches with Madison Zinn, Morgan Miller, Amira Felde, and Emma Dwyer while also winning were Jami Maxson and Karrissa Harrell at first doubles, Janie Marso and Lauren Outwater at second doubles, and Fawn Andrews and Jessica Weaver at fourth doubles. And in j-v girls tennis, Coldwater took third place at the Fremont Invitational, including a runner up finish at second doubles for Alyssa Bowen and Emillie Dunny.

On today’s high school schedule, in girls soccer, Coldwater has a SMAC East match at home against Marshall with the j-v action set for five o’clock followed by the varsity at 6:45. In baseball and softball, Union City hosts Colon. In track, it’ Quincy at Athens and Union City at Springport. In girl’s tennis, Coldwater hosts Harper Creek. And in boy’s golf, Coldwater competes in the first round of the SMAC League meet at Island Hills.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater baseball coach Randy Spangler.