COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports last night, in girls soccer, Coldwater opened the first round of the SMAC Silver Division league tournament at home with a 5-0 win over the Kalamazoo Home School Association. The Lady Cardinals dominated the game, outshooting the Cougars 31-0. Kaitlyn Vella scored 4 goals and had one assist while Miranda Catlin had the other goal and one assist. Coldwater improved to 7-6-2 overall and will host Mattawan in the second round of the SMAC tournament Monday night after the Wildcats beat Harper Creek last night.
Yesterday in baseball and softball, Bronson played at home against Niles-Brandywine. The host Vikings swept the baseball doubleheader 6-to-4 and 15-to-5. Blake Fox picked up the victory in the opener, going the distance with a 6-hitter with one walk and six strikeouts and the Bronson defense played error free ball. Kyle Smith went 3-for-4 with an rbi while Mark Robinson, Ryan Hagen and Kegan Ayres had two hits apiece. In the five inning nightcap, Daniel McDaniel tossed a 4-hitter for the victory. Ayres added 3 more hits, Chase Carpenter had 2 hits, including a triple and 3 rbi’s and Mason Friedel had a hit with four RBI. Bronson is now 11-11-and-1.
In the softball action, it was a split between Bronson and Brandywine with a 10-to-0 Bronson win in Game One while the visiting Bobcats took the second game 15-to-6. Skyler Sobeski tossed a 6-inning, one-hitter in the opener with one walk and 8 strikeouts. Kassidy Bystry had a double and 2 singles while Sobeski helped her own cause with a triple, 2 singles and 2 RBI. In the nightcap, Lindsey Sikorski suffered the defeat while Kelsey Scheenks had a triple, two singles and an rbi. Lauren Cary added a triple and a single. Bronson’s softball record is now 23-and-3 and they remain undefeated in league play at 6-and-0.
Yesterday in boy’s golf, Coldwater was scheduled to travel for a SMAC East Jamboree at Cedar Creek hosted by Battle Creek Lakeview but word came too late about a time change for the match and the Cardinals were unable to make it for the tournament. Meanwhile, Coldwater's JV golf team pulled off an upset on Wednesday by winning the Jamboree hosted by Marshal at the Marshall Country Club. Lakeview had won all the previous Jamboree's but yesterday, the Cardinals shot a team score of 180 to edge Lakeview by two strokes. Leading the way for Coldwater was Nolan Duda who was medalist for the event with a score of 42. Nick Galliers and Baylee Hoag each shot 45's, Dakota Schaaf had a 48, Logan Erickson carded a 50, and Grant Yearling shot a 56.
On today’s high school sports schedule, in baseball, Coldwater has a makeup doubleheader at home against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix. In baseball and softball, Quincy is at Hillsdale while Union City is at Centreville while in softball only, it’s Coldwater at Hanover-Horton.
In girl’s soccer, Coldwater has a varsity only match at Albion starting at 5:30. It’s the same match time for Quincy with the Orioles tonight hosting Springport. And in girl’s tennis, Coldwater competes today in the Division Three Regional at Vicksburg.
Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Union City softball coach Chris Mead