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 girls soccer last night, Quincy was a 2-to-0 winner at home over Hillsdale. The Orioles pressured the Hornets