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Coldwater baseball and softball teams sweep doubleheaders against Battle Creek Central

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports yesterday, in baseball and softball, Coldwater swept their doubleheaders at Battle Creek Central. In the baseball action, the Cardinals beat the Bearcats 14-to-4 and 10-to-3 and the pair of wins gave Coldwater coach Randy Spangler 500 career victories at CHS. In the opener, Ian Wright was the winning pitcher, giving up 5-hits and 4 runs, none earned, over 4-innings with 4 strikeouts. Kam Sielken finished up, blanking Central on 2-hits with 3 strikeouts. Ryan Mock had 3 hits, including a double, and an rbi. Brandon Lewis had 2 hits, including a double, and an rbi. Grant Mauer added 2 hits with an rbi and Skylar Reincke also had two hits.

In the nightcap, Brandon Lewis started and picked up the win, going 4 innings, allowing 5 hits with 5 strikeouts. Brady Duke closed out the game on the mound, giving up 2 hits with one run allowed. Jeremy Harrell had 2 hits and 2 rbi’s while Duke and Jacob Fielding each had a double with an rbi for Fielding. Coldwater is now 4-3-and-1 in the SMAC East and 10-and-7 overall.

In the j.v games in Coldwater, the Cardinals took two from Battle Creek Central 16-to-1 and 16-to-0. Addison Duda and Sean Printke were the winning pitchers. Duda had 8 strikeouts in the 4-inning opener with 3 hits apiece for Jake Osborne and Jesse Mangat. In the 3-inning nightcap, it was a no-hitter for Printke, who also had 2 singles. The j-v record is 11-and-11.

Also in baseball yesterday, Union City was a winner at home over Quincy 10-to-5. Brady Johnson went the distance for the victory with a 6-hitter and 7 strikeouts. Tyler Powell took the loss for the Orioles. Chris Rieger and Devon DiGiacomo each had 2 hits and 4 RBI for Union City with a home run for Rieger.

For Quincy, Stephen Avra had a double and a single and an rbi with rbi singles for Jimmy Strock and Jake Rider. The Orioles slip to 7-and-6 overall and 4-and-3 in the Big Eight while the Chargers improved to 6-and-2 in the conference and 13-and-3 overall. The second game of the twinbill was suspended by darkness after nine innings with a 3-3 tie score.

And Bronson lost at Centreville 5-to-4. Mason Friedel suffered the defeat. He also had 3 hits, including a double.

In softball, Coldwater’s sweep at Battle Creek Central was by scores of 18-to-3 and 19-to-1. The winning pitchers were Jessica Becks and Kattie Ness. Becks had a 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts in the first game while Payton Watson had 2 singles. In the nightcap, Ness also tossed a two hitter. MacKenzie Galloway had a triple, double, and single while Becks and Michaela Gillette both had 3 singles. The Lady Cardinals are now 8-and-2 in league play and 11-and-6 overall.

Also in softball, Bronson swept a doubleheader at Centreville 12-to-0 and 13-to-1 in a pair of five inning games. In the opener, Skyler Sobeski had a 3-hitter with 5 strikeouts. She also had 2 singles. Kinslea Blouin had 3 singles and 3 rbi’s while Grace Pyles had a single and a double and 3 rbi’s.

In Game Two, it was a three hitter for Lindsey Sikorski with 7 strikeouts. Blouin had 2 singles and 4 rbi’s while Sobeski had a double and two singles. Bronson improved to 6-and-0 in the St. Joe Valley Conference and 20-and-1 overall. And Union City swept a doubleheader at home over Quincy 12-to-2 and 8-to-5. Marissa Mead was the winning pitcher in both games. In the five inning opener, she had a 6-hitter and also led the way at the plate with three singles and an rbi. Brooke Johnson added 2 hits and 3 RBI. In the nightcap, Mead allowed 7-hits over seven innings with 6 strikeouts. She also had a single and double and scored twice while Brooke Johnson added 3 hits and an rbi. Racheal Grinnell also had 2 hits and 2 rbi’s and Riley Smith had 2 hits and an rbi. 

Yesterday in boy’s golf, Coldwater traveled to the Grande Golf Club outside of Jackson for the Onsted Invitational. The Cardinals came in 5th place out of 22 teams with a score of 346. Saline won the tournament with a team score of 305.  Leading the way for Coldwater was Nathan Waterbury who shot a round of 81, Scout Case fired an 84, Jerry Lutterbeck had a 90, Nick Waterbury carded a 91, and Stephan Boston rounded out Coldwater's scoring with a round of 99.  And yesterday in girl’s tennis, Bronson lost at home 8-to-0 to Kalamazoo Christian

On today’s high school sports schedule, in girl’s soccer, it’s Coldwater at Sturgis with the j-v match at five o’clock and the varsity at 6:45. In girl’s tennis, Coldwater hosts Three Rivers. And in track, it’s Bronson at White Pigeon.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson baseball coach Matt Watkins.

In middle school sports yesterday, in tennis, the Coldwater “A” was an 8-to-0 winner at home over Harper Creek. And in track, at Quincy, the host Orioles won the boys and girls meets with Bronson taking third place. Double winners for Quincy in the boys meet were Bryce Ruhl in the long jump and 100 meter dash and Nathan Karney in the two hurdles races. And for the girls, Quincy’s Haley Bean won the 800 and 32-hundred meter runs while Claire Supianoski won the 100 and 200 meter dashes.