In Branch County high school sports yesterday, in baseball action we had on the radio, it was a doubleheader split for Coldwater at home against Jackson Lumen Christi as the visiting Titans took the opener 7-to-6 before the Cardinals won the nightcap in a five inning 11-to-1 victory. In Game One, Coldwater fell behind 6-to-0 but rallied with six runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score before Lumen Christi pulled it out with a run in the top of the seventh. Jacob Fielding suffered the defeat in relief of starter Skyler Reincke. Catcher Jeremy Harrell, who had a hit and an RBI, was our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater.
Also for the Cardinals, Reincke, Grant Mauer, Kelvin Miller and Zach DeMeester had two hits apiece and each had an RBI.
In the nightcap, Player of the Game honors went to Grant Mauer, who pitched a 3-hitter in going the distance for the Cardinals. Coldwater broke it open with ten runs in the third inning. Harrell had a double and two RBI’s while Kelvin Miller and Kam Sielken also had two RBI’s apiece. The outcome left Coldwater with an 8-7-and-1 record while Lumen Christi is 5-8-and-2. In yesterday’s junior varsity games at Lumen Christi, it was another split as the Titans took the opener 10-to-8 with the Cardinals winning the second game 7-to-4.
In Game One, Nick Shaw was tagged with the loss while Austin Krzeminski had a single and a double. In the Coldwater victory, Brayton Rzepka was the winning pitcher and he also had a pair of singles and scored twice. The JV record is 9-and-11.
Also in baseball, Bronson was blanked by Fremont, Indiana 11-to-0. Daniel McMichael was the losing pitcher. Kyle Smith had two hits as the Viking’s record slipped to 6-6-and-1.
Yesterday in softball, Bronson swept a doubleheader at Homer 6-to-3 and 11-to-0. In Game One, Skyler Sobeski tossed a 3-hiiter with 5 strikeouts while Kinslea Blouin and Liz Baker each had a single and a double and an RBI. In the five inning nightcap, Lindsey Sikorski pitched a one-hitter with one walk and six strikeouts. Baker led the way at the plate with a home run, double and single and 3 RBI’s. Bronson improved their record to 18-and-1.
Last night in girl’s soccer, Coldwater went double overtime to squeak out a 2-1 win at home over Harper Creek. Cristina Fenske took a pass from Becca Harmon and scored with 3:15 left in the second overtime for the game winner. After a scoreless first half, Harper Creek got on the board first with about 30 minutes left in regulation. Miranda Catlin evened the score at 1-1, with that goal also assisted by Harmon. The two teams remained scoreless the rest of the way until Fenske's goal in the second overtime. Shelby Bowers had six saves in goal, as the Lady Cardinals outshot Harper Creek 17-10. With the win, Coldwater improves to 5-4-1 overall and 2-4 in the SMAC East. They'll play at Sturgis tomorrow night. The Coldwater JV team beat Harper Creek 8-0 in a game shortened by the mercy rule with 17:17 left in the second half. Megan Hoath had 4 goals and one assist. Allison Germann added 2 goals with one goal apiece for Amanda Daoud and Kelsey Parrish as well as an assist for Madison Sheetz. Coldwater, which improved to 8-1 on the season, outshot the Beavers 25-to-1 and Mina Wellet recorded one save in her 7th shutout of the season.
Also in girl’s soccer last night, Quincy was a 2-to-0 winner at home over Hillsdale. The Orioles pressured the Hornets defense all night, out shooting Hillsdale 30-to-3. Scoring for Quincy were Kenzie Moore with an assist from Cailyn Hines and then Hines added an unassisted goal. The Orioles’ record is now 7-and-2 with their next match Thursday at Hanover Horton.
In boy’s golf yesterday, Coldwater hosted the 3rd SMAC East Jamboree of the season and the Cardinals came away with a 5th place finish in the action at the Golf Club of Coldwater, shooting a team score of 190. Marshall won the meet with a 169. Leading the way for Coldwater was Nick Waterbury with a 45, Scout Case and Nathan Waterbury shot 48's, Keegan Dwyer and Dreke Lutterbeck had 49's, and Stephan Boston shot a 56. Also in golf on Monday, Bronson took third place in a St. Joe Valley meet hosted by White Pigeon at the Klinger Lake Country Club. The Vikings were led by Jonah Houtz with a 44. Yesterday in track, the Coldwater boy’s team was part of a five team dual at Battle Creek Central. The Cardinals fell to Harper Creek 118-to-52 and they lost 96-to-67 to Sturgis while scoring an 87-to-75 win over Battle Creek Central. Also in track, Quincy split at home against Reading with the host Orioles winning the boys meet while the Rangers took the girls meet. Double winners for Quincy in the boys meet were Tanner Parshall in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, Zack Slack in the 400 meter dash and 800 meter run and Riley Horn in the 16-hundred and 32-hundred meter runs. In the girls meet, Kayti Hawkins finished first in the shot put and discus while Bree Spalding won the high jump and pole vault. Also in track, Union City’s boys and girls teams won at home over Jonesville with the boys beating the Comets 93-to-43 while the girls took 15 of the 16 events in a 103-to-24 victory. Justin Whitcomb was a double winner in the long jump and 100 meter dash while Jesse Anderson won both hurdles races and the 200 meter dash. In the girl’s meet, Brooke Johnson was a triple winner in the high jump and 100 and 200 meter dashes while Jasmine McIntosh won both hurdles races. And in girl’s j-v tennis, Coldwater was a 6-to-1 winner at Adrian. Allie Vanstone won at first singles while also earning points were Emily Hicks and Kennedy Kiersey at first doubles, Emilie Dunny and Aubrey Hodson at second doubles and Annie Huang and Alyssa Bowen at third doubles.
On today’s high school schedule, in baseball and softball, it’s Coldwater at Battle Creek Central, Quincy is at Union City, and Bronson at Centreville. In boy’s golf, Coldwater competes in the Onsted Invitational played at the Grande outside of Jackson. And in girl’s tennis, Bronson hosts Kalamazoo Christian. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Quincy softball coach Nick Michael.
In middle school sports yesterday, in track, the Coldwater boys and girls teams lost at Battle Creek Lakeview. Winning their events for Coldwater were Sam DeMeester in the shot put and Bryce Barringer in the long jump while for the girls, Megan Lippert took first place in the long jump.