COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports over the weekend, in baseball, Coldwater split a doubleheader Saturday at home against Ft. Wayne Leo with the host Cardinals winning the opener 6-to-3 before dropping the second game 8-to-2. In Game One, Ian Wright picked up the victory to improve to 5-and-0 on the season, allowing 3 runs over four innings. Jacob Fielding pitched the final 3 innings to earn the save. Brandon Lewis had a single and a double and 2 RBI’s and Grant Maurer added an RBI triple. In Game Two, Brady Duke took the loss with Coldwater limited to 5 hits, including an RBI single by Skylar Reincke. The Cardinal’s record is now 11-and-9 and they play again tomorrow at home against Harper Creek and we’ll have that action for you on the radio.
In baseball, Bronson beat Quincy 5-to-3 in the semi-finals of the Maple Valley Wooden Bat tournament and then the Vikings fell to Maple Valley 8-to-2 in the championship game. In the win over Quincy, Blake Fox went the distance to pick up the victory. Ryan Hagen had two hits, including a double, and the game-winning RBI in the top of the seventh inning. Chase Carpenter also had a pair of hits, including a home run. In the title contest, Hagen took the loss. Carpenter, Mark Robinson and Logan Graybill had two hits apiece with RBI’s for Robinson and Graybill. Bronson’s record is now 8-10-and-1. And Union City split a doubleheader at home against Constantine with the host Chargers taking the opener 8-to-2 before losing the second game 15-to-1. Scott Alwood earned the victory in Game One with a 6-hitter while Emmett Fraley had two hits and two RBI’s. Darren Austin suffered the defeat in the second game as Union City’s record moved to 17-and-4.
In softball, Coldwater dropped a pair at Edwardsburg, losing 10-to-1 and 5-to-4. And Bronson had a 2-and-1 record at the St. Joseph Invitational. The Lady Vikings opened with a 3-to-0 win over St. Joseph with Lindsey Sikorski tossing a two hitter. Skyler Sobeski had two singles and an rbi, Liz Baker had a home run and Lauren Cary had a double and a single. Bronson then lost 8-to-0 to Stevensville-Lakeshore, the second-ranked team in the state in Division Two. Skyler Sobeski took the loss while Kinslea Blouin had a double and a single. Bronson finished up with an 8-to-6 win over Coloma. Lindsey Sikorski earned the victory. Lauren Cary had two doubles and a single while Liz Baker had a home run and a double and two RBI. Bronson’s record is now 2-and-2.
In girl’s soccer, Coldwater conceded just 2 goals on the day while finishing with a 1-2 record at the Hanover-Horton Invitational. The Lady Cardinals opened the day against undefeated Manchester. With the score tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, the game went immediately to a shootout under tournament rules. Manchester got the win on the 13th shooter. During regulation, Becca Harmon got the Cardinals' lone goal, with an assist for Meghan Schorfhaar. Shelby Bowers made 6 saves in goal. In their second game Coldwater beat Hanover-Horton 2-0. Kaitlyn Vella and Miranda Catlin each scored unassisted goals and Bowers had 3 saves. In the third game of the day, Hastings topped Coldwater 1-0, scoring midway through the first half. Bowers made 4 saves in that game. Coldwater's record now is 6-6-2 overall. They'll host the Kalamazoo Home School Association Wednesday in the first round of the SMAC Silver Division tournament. The Cardinals are the top seed from the SMAC East.
In j-v soccer, Coldwater won a tournament at Adrian. The Lady Cardinals defeated Tecumseh in the semi-finals in a shootout after they finished in a 1-1 regulation tie on a goal by Madison Sheetz. In the championship match, Coldwater blanked Jonesville 3-to-0. Goalkeeper Mina Wellet recorded her ninth shutout of the season with the j-v record now 11-and-1. The Coldwater goals were scored by Holly Smith, Megan Hoath and Allison Germann.
In boy’s golf, Coldwater traveled to the Marywood Golf Course on Saturday for the mixed ball Pennfield Invitational. In stroke play, Nolan Duda carded an 86 and Keegan Dwyer shot a 98, in best ball play Dreke Lutterbeck and Stephan Boston had an 85 and in a scramble, Nick Waterbury and Scout Case shot a 76. Hanover Horton won the event shooting a team score of 302. Coldwater ended up in 5th place out of 15 teams with a 345.
In girls tennis, Coldwater competed in the SMAC Silver Division tournament Saturday at a trio of venues in the Kalamazoo area and finished in a tie for second place with 35 points. Leading the way were Amira Felde, placing first at third singles and a first place medal at first doubles for Karrissa Harrel and Jami Maxson.
In track, there were nine schools at the Mendon Invitational, and Bronson’s boys team finished fourth with Union City sixth while in the girls meet, Bronson took third place with Union City eighth. In the boys meet, Bronson’s Hunter Machus was a double winner in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs.
On today’s high school schedule, in girls soccer, Quincy has a match at 5:30 at Jackson Christian. In track, Quincy hosts Homer, Bronson hosts Centreville, and Union City is at Reading. And in boy’s golf, Coldwater plays in a SMAC East Jamboree at Binder Park hosted by Harper Creek. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater baseball coach Randy Spangler.