COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports yesterday, in baseball action we had on the radio, Coldwater split a doubleheader at home against Marshall with the host Cardinals coming from behind twice to win the opener 9-to-8 while the visiting Redhawks took the nightcap 9-to-3. In the Coldwater victory, Jacob Fielding picked up the win in relief. At the plate, Brendan Spangler had a single and a double, scored twice and knocked in two runs. Ryan Mock added two hits with a run scored and an rbi, Taylor Kesler had two doubles and two rib’s, Jeremy Harrell had a 3-run double, and Brady Duke had what turned out to be the winning rbi single in the bottom of the sixth.
Duke and Mock were named our McDonald’s Players of the Game for the opener. In the nightcap, starting pitcher Kam Sielken took the loss. Mock, Harrell, and Sielken each had two singles while our Player of the Game honor for Game Two went to Grant Mauer, who came out of the bullpen in the fifth inning and held Marshall scoreless the rest of the way, including pitching out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.
Following the doubleheader, Coldwater Coach Randy Spangler told us the improved weather with the prospect for a busier schedule will definitely help iron out a few wrinkles that need to be worked on The split leaves Coldwater with a 6-5-and-1 record including 2-3-and-1 in the SMAC East.
Also in baseball yesterday, Quincy swept a doubleheader at Athens 12-to-7 and 12-to-2. The winning pitchers were Bryce McCavit and Tyler Powell. In Game One, McCavit helped his own cause with a single and double and two rbi’s. Jake Rider added a triple and single and two rbi’s. In the nightcap, the Orioles got two hits apiece from McCavit, Jimmy Strock, Conner Bassage, and Stephen Avra. McCavit had two doubles and 3 rbi’s, Strock had 2 rbi’s with a double, Bassage had a solo home run and two rbi’s, and Avra also had 2 rbi’s with a home run. Quincy improved to 4-and-4 and 4-and-2 in the Big Eight.
Also in the Big 8, Union City took a pair at Springport 3-to-0 and 2-to-1. In the opener, Brady Johnson tossed a 2-hitter with a dozen strikeouts while in the second game, Emmett Fraley pitched a one-hitter with 8 strikeouts. The Chargers improved to 10-and-2 overall and 5-and-1 in the conference.
In j-v baseball, it was a split for Coldwater at Marshall with the Cardinals losing the first game 5-to-1 before beating the Redhawks in the nightcap 20-to-0.
Brayton Rzepka suffered the defeat in Game One. He also had two singles as did Nick Shaw. In the nightcap, Shaw tossed a 4-inning no-hit shutout with 8 strikeouts. Austin Krzeminski and Jesse Mangat each had a double with 3 hits apiece.
In softball, it was a sweep for Coldwater at home over Marshall 7-to-0 and 2-to-0. The winning pitchers were Jessica Becks and Kattie Ness. In the opener, Becks tossed a one-hitter with 9 strikeouts. Ness had 2 singles with 2 RBI while Payton Watson and Michaela Gillette had 2 singles apiece.
In the nightcap, Ness pitched a 3-hitter with 7 strikeouts. Becks had a double and a single and an rbi while Kenzie Galloway added 2 singles. Coldwater improved to 6-and-5 and 4-and-2 in the SMAC East.
Also in softball, Bronson swept a doubleheader at Mendon 10-to-0 and 13-to-4. In the six inning opener, Skyler Sobeski had a three hitter with 6 strikeouts. Liz Baker had 4 singles, Grace Pyles had 3 singles and an rbi and Kassidy Bystry had 2 singles and 3 RBI. Lindsey Sikorski picked up the victory in the nightcap. Sobeski had 3 singles and a double while Bystry had 3 singles and an rbi. Bronson improved to 4-and-0 in the St. Joe Valley and 10-and-1 overall. And Union City dropped a doubleheader at Springport 11-to-0 and 20-to-4. In the nightcap, Carley Dibert had two doubles and 3 RBI.
Yesterday in girl’s soccer, Quincy suffered its first conference loss of the season, falling 3-to-2 at Springport. The host Spartans opened the scoring at the 13:19 mark on a misplayed ball that dribbled into the Oriole’s goal. Springport then added a goal with 1:20 left in the half to go up 2-to-0 at the break. Quincy started the second half with a goal as Kenzie Moore scored on an assist from Liz Counterman. The Spartans answered 3 minutes later on their only shot of the second half to take a 3-to-1 lead. Counterman closed out the scoring at the 11:32 mark with an assist from Moore. Quincy, which outshot Springport on the night 15-to-7, is now 4-and-2 overall and 3-and-1 in the ISL Conference.
And yesterday in track, it was a sweep for Coldwater at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix with the boy’s team winning 114-to-49 while the girls beat the Knights 89-to-71. In junior varsity boy’s golf, Coldwater hosted the third j-v jamboree of the season at the Golf Club of Coldwater and finished in third place with a team score of 202. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Nolan Duda with a 49, Nick Galliers had a 50, Keegan Dwyer fired a 51, Logan Erikson shot a 52, Baylee Hoag had a 53 and Collin Outwater rounded out Coldwater’s scoring with a 58.
On today’s high school schedule, in girls’ soccer, it’s Coldwater at Battle Creek Central with the j-v game at 5 o’clock and the varsity at 6:45. Also in soccer, it’s Quincy at Albion. In girl’s tennis, it’s Coldwater at Sturgis. And in track, Bronson has a meet at home against Mendon.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson boy’s track coach Dawn Wronikowski.
In middle school sports, in tennis, the Coldwater “A” team picked up a 5-to-3 victory at Marshall. Winning for Coldwater were Shane O’Grady, Emma Grife and Cole Targgart at second, third and fourth singles along with Austin Butler and Tanner Bowers at first doubles and Allison Eastmead and Bracy Groshko at second doubles. And in track, Bronson’s boys and girls teams each finished third in a meet they hosted with Centreville and White Pigeon.