COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports yesterday, in baseball action we had on the radio, Coldwater lost at home to Harper Creek 5-to-2 in Game One of a doubleheader while the nightcap ended in a 2-2 tie with the game suspended after nine innings due to darkness.
In the opener, the visiting Beavers scored 3 runs in the first inning and the Cardinals just weren’t able to overcome the early deficit. Coldwater starter Skylar Reincke took the loss. Jeremy Harrell had a 2-run homer and was our McDonalds Player of the Game for Coldwater while Ryan Mock added 2 hits for the Cardinals.
In Game Two, Player of the Game honors went to pitcher Kam Sielken, who helped the Cardinals to hang tough by going 8 strong innings, giving up one earned run on nine hits with one walk and 5 strikeouts and for good measure, at the plate, he also had a pair of hits. Coldwater’s record is now 4-4-and-2 in the SMAC East and 11-10-and-2 overall. The Cardinals play again tomorrow at home with a makeup doubleheader against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix.
In yesterday’s j-v games at Harper Creek, the Cardinals dropped two to the Beavers with Coldwater falling 8-to-6 and 6-to-4. Nick Shaw and Randall Linton were the losing pitchers. Shane Dunn had two singles in the opener while in the nightcap, Dominick Clark had a single and a double with the j-v record now at 13-and-15.
Elsewhere in baseball on Tuesday, in the Big 8, Quincy swept a doubleheader at home over Reading 16-to-1 and 19-to-0. The winning pitchers were Tyler Powell and Bryce McCavit. In the opener, Jake Rider and McCavit each had 3 hits and 3 RBI’s. In the nightcap, Michael Tesch had 2 hits and 3 RBI’s while Jake Jodway and Connor Bassage had 2 hits and 2 RBI’s apiece. The Orioles improved to 11-and-8 overall and 8-and-4 in the conference.
Union City stayed tied with Homer atop the league by sweeping a twinbill at home over Jonesville 5-to-4 and 5-to-1. Picking up the victories on the mound for the Chargers were Brady Johnson and Emmett Fraley.
In the opener, Johnson helped his own cause with 3 hits, including a double and an RBI while Fraley added 2 hits with a double. In the second game, Hunter Johns had a hit and 2 RBI’s as the Chargers improved to 10-and-2 in the conference and 19-and-4 overall. And Bronson split a doubleheader at White Pigeon with the Vikings winning the opener 15-to-4 while the host Chiefs took the nightcap 5-to-1. Mason Friedel went the distance for the victory in Game One with a 4-hitter and 12 strikeouts. Logan Graybill had 3 hits including a triple with an RBI while Kegan Ayres added 2 hits with a double and 4 RBI’s. Ryan Hagen suffered the loss in Game Two. Chase Carpenter had 2 hits including a double. Bronson is now 4-5-and-1 in the St. Joe Valley and 9-11-and-1 overall.
Yesterday in softball, Coldwater split a doubleheader at home against Harper Creek with Harper winning the opener 6-to-1 while the Lady Cardinals took the nightcap 4-to-3, handing the Beavers their first SMAC East defeat in a dozen division games so far this season. Jessica Becks suffered the loss in the first game and Michaela Gillette had two hits. Kattie Ness picked up the win in Game Two while Kenzie Galloway, Gillette and Becks each had a double. Gillette’s two run two bagger was a walk-off game winning hit. Coldwater’s record is now 9-and-3 in the division and 13-and-10 overall.
Yesterday in boy’s golf, Bronson was a winner over Climax Scotts in a match played at Cedar Creek. The Viking’s team score was 174 with the Panthers shooting 184. Robert O’Rourke and Jonah Houtz each carded a 42 for Bronson.
On today’s high school sports schedule, in girl’s soccer, Coldwater has a varsity only first round SMAC Tournament Silver Division game at home against Kalamazoo Home School Association beginning at 6 p.m. In baseball and softball, Bronson hosts Niles Brandywine. In boy’s golf, Coldwater plays in a SMAC East jamboree hosted by Battle Creek Lakeview at Cedar Creek. And in girl’s tennis, Bronson plays at home against Sturgis.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson girl’s track coach Jeff Gallup.