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Coldwater and Quincy baseball capture baseball district titles, Coldwater and Bronson champs in softball

The Coldwater Cardinal softball and baseball teams pose at Pat Lowe Field with their MHSAA District Championship trophies on June 1, 2013.
The Coldwater Cardinal softball and baseball teams pose at Pat Lowe Field with their MHSAA District Championship trophies on June 1, 2013.

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, in State Tournament action over the weekend, Coldwater won Division Two district titles in baseball and softball at home on Saturday while district championships were also earned by Quincy in baseball and Bronson in softball in Division Three play at Constantine.  The post season continues this week with the Regionals coming up on Saturday. In baseball, Coldwater made it back-to-back district crowns as the Cardinals defeated Vicksburg 3-to-1 in the semi-finals and then beat Three Rivers, also 3-to-1, in the title matchup. Skylar Reincke picked up the victory against Vicksburg with Jacob Fielding coming on for the save. Grant Maurer went 3-for-3 while Brendan Spangler had a double and scored a run. In the championship game, Cam Sielken pitched 6-and-two-thirds innings for the victory while Fielding earned another save in getting the final out. Reincke had a 2-run double, Maurer added two hits and Sielken helped his own cause with an rbi single. Coldwater improved to 18-and-13 and moves on to the Regional at Stevensville-Lakeshore where they will play Otsego at 10 a.m. Saturday in the semi-finals. In the other bracket, it’s ninth-ranked South Haven vs. Berrien Springs.

Also in baseball, Quincy made it two straight district titles as the Orioles blanked Bronson in the semi-finals 3-to-0 and then defeated Centreville 5-to-2 for the championship. Tyler Powell went the distance against Bronson with a five-hitter. Bryce McCavit had 3 hits and two rbi’s. Mason Friedel suffered the defeat for the Vikings while Mark Robinson had 3 hits. Bronson finished with a 14-and-17 mark. In the title game, McCavit tossed a complete game and Jimmy Strock had 3 hits. Quincy takes a 16-and-11 record to their regional at Centreville with the Orioles playing 7th-ranked Bridgman in the opener at 10 a.m. with Schoolcraft against Watervliet in the other semi-final.

In softball, Coldwater captured the district title by beating Vicksburg 5-to-3 in the semi-finals and then defeated Three Rivers 12-to-4 for the championship. In the first game, Jessica Becks was the winning pitcher and also had two doubles and two rbi’s. In the title contest, Kattie Ness picked up the victory and also had a triple and a single and three rbi’s. Michaela Gillette added a double and 2 singles while Payton Watson had 3 singles. The Lady Cardinals, with a 16-and-14 record, will play Gull Lake at Noon on Saturday at Stevensville-Lakeshore while in the opening semi-final game it’s top-ranked Lakeshore vs. #10 Coloma.

Meanwhile, Bronson won their district title by defeating Quincy 13-to-0 in the semi-finals before downing Constantine 5-to-2 for the championship. Lindsey Sikorski tossed a 5-inning no-hitter against Quincy with 8 strikeouts and one walk. Allie Smith and Kinslea Blouin each had 2 singles with 4 rbi’s for Smith and 3 rbi’s for Blouin. In the victory over Constantine, Skyler Sobeski went the distance with 9 strikeouts while Kelsey Scheenks had a triple and a single with rbi singles for Sobeski and Liz Baker. Bronson improved to 32-and-4 and will take on Niles-Brandywine at Noon Saturday in the Regional semi-finals at Centreville following the opener between Parchment and Hartford.

the state track and field finals were held on Saturday at four schools in the Grand Rapids area with the top eight finishers in each event earning medals. Six boys and two girls from Branch County returned home with medals. In the Division 3 boy’s meet, Union City’s Josh Holton was third in the long jump and fourth in the 200 meter dash while Jesse Anderson took fourth place in the 300 intermediate hurdles race. For Quincy, Levi Drumm placed sixth in the discus. Logan Lindsley was eighth in the long jump. And Zach Slack was eighth in the 800 meter run. And in Division Two, Coldwater’s LoganTarggart took sixth place in the discus.  In the Division Three girl’s meet, Mariah Roberts of Bronson finished sixth in the 100 meter dash while Quincy’s Kayti Hawkins was eighth in the discus. And in the Division Four boy’s meet, Joseph Newcomb of Tekonsha took fifth place in the 16-hundred meter run.

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

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