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Coldwater baseball team loses first game as K-Central, second called because of rain


COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports yesterday, in baseball, Coldwater was shutout 3-to-0 at Kalamazoo Central. The second game was suspended by rain after four innings. The visiting Cardinals were limited to 5-hits in the loss, including 3 singles for Zach DeMeester. Kam Sielken went the distance in defeat for Coldwater, allowing only one earned run and one walk over the six innings as the Cardinals slip to 10-and-8.

In the j-v action in Coldwater, the Cardinals swept a doubleheader 12-to-2 and 8-to-3. Morgan Sims picked up the victory in the opener with a 3-hitter and 7 strikeouts. Shane Dunn went 4-for-4, including a double while Randall Linton had 2 singles and a double.In the nightcap, Linton was the winning pitcher with a 5-hitter and 8 strikeouts while Dominick Clark had 2 singles. The j-v record is 13-and-11.

Also in baseball, Quincy swept a Big 8 doubleheader from Springport 10-to-1 and 15-to-3. Jake Rider earned the win in the opener with a 6-hitter and 6 strikeouts. Bryce McCavit had 4 hits, including a triple, with two RBI’s. Stephen Avra added 3 hits, including a double. In the 3-inning nightcap, Jake Jodway was the winning pitcher. McCavit and Avra each had 3 more hits and 4 RBI’s while Tristan Haylett added a home run and 2 RBI’s. The Orioles improved to 9-and-6 overall and 6-and-3 in the conference. Union City was a winner at Mendon 9-to-4. Scott Alwood picked up the victory, allowing 2 hits with 4 strikeouts over 4 innings. 5 players had two hits apiece with a double and 3 RBI’s for Devon DiGiacomo. The Chargers are now 14-and-3.

Bronson dropped a doubleheader at Homer 7-to-3 and 13-to-6. The losing pitchers were Kegan Ayres and Daniel McMichael. Ryan Hagen had 3 hits and an RBI in the opener while in the second game, Chase Carpenter had a homer and 3 RBI’s, Blake Fox had two hits with a double and 2 RBI’s, and Logan Graybill had two hits with a double. The Viking’s record falls to 7-9-and-1.

Yesterday in softball, Coldwater split a doubleheader at home against Three Rivers, losing the opener 6-to-1 before winning the second game 6-to-5. Jessica Becks suffered the defeat in Game One as the Lady Cardinals committed five errors. In the nightcap, Kattie Ness earned the victory. Kenzie Galloway had a double and a single and an RBI, Michaela Gillette had 2 singles and an RBI and Payton Watson also had two singles with Coldwater’s record now at 12-and-7. Also in softball, Union City was a 3-to-1 winner at Mendon. Marissa Mead earned the victory, going the distance with a 4 hitter and helped her own cause with a triple and 2 runs scored.

Last night in girl’s soccer, Quincy posted a 5-to-1 conference victory at Hanover Horton. The Orioles got on the board early as Ashton King took a pass from Liz Counterman and scored on a 22 yard shot at the 36:54 mark. Quincy made it 2-to-0 as Cailyn Hines connected on a cross from Counterman at 23:06.  It was then Counterman's turn to score at the 8:30 mark, as she took a chip pass from Kenzie Moore to give the Orioles a 3-0 lead.  Hanover Horton's lone goal came with 4:06 left in the half to put Quincy up 3-1 at the break. The second half saw Hines scored her second goal of the night at the 34:19 mark off another assist by Counterman. Quincy's final goal was scored off a free kick by Abby Parrish at 28:10. The Orioles outshot the host Comets 19-to-9 on the night and improved their record to 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the ISL Conference. Quincy is in a first place tie with Springport atop the league’s West Division.

On today’s high school sports schedule, in baseball, Quincy is at Union City to finish up Tuesday’s game that was suspended by darkness.

In track, it’s the SMAC League meet at Kalamazoo Loy Norrix while Quincy is at the Brandywine Invitational. And in boy’s golf, Coldwater plays in the Lakeview Invitational at Cedar Creek while Bronson hosts the St. Joe Valley Championship meet at the Bronson Golf Club.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater softball coach Tina Scheidler.

In middle school sports, in tennis, the Coldwater “A” team fell 6-to-2 at Sturgis. Winners for Coldwater were Shane O’Grady and Emma Grife at second and third singles. And in track, the Coldwater boy’s team took second place out of ten teams at the Onsted Relays.