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Busy day Wednesday in high school baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and golf around Branch County

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, a busy day yesterday that included baseball action we had on the radio as Coldwater dropped a SMAC East doubleheader at home to Gull Lake 11-0 and  2-1 in eight innings. In the opener, Grant Mauer took the loss while our McDonald’s Player of the Game honors for Coldwater went to Brendan Spangler with a double and Randall Linton, who had a single for the Cardinal’s only hits. In the nightcap, Linton suffered the defeat in relief of starter Ian Wright. The Player of the Game for the Cardinals was first baseman Ryan Mock, who played solid defense and had a pair of hits. Coldwater’s record on the season dips to 4-3 overall and 2-and-2 in conference play.

In the j-v baseball games at Gull Lake, it was a sweep for Coldwater with the Cardinals winning 9-2 and 10-8. Picking up the victories on the mound were Addison Duda and Shane Dunn. Matt Gutowski had 2 hits in the opener while in the second game, Jesse Mangat and Jimmy Johnston had 2 hits apiece.

In softball, Coldwater split its doubleheader at home against Gull Lake with the visiting Blue Devils taking the opener 6-0 before the Lady Cardinals rebounded for a 13-12 victory in the second game. Jessica Becks suffered the loss in game one as Coldwater committed five errors. In the nightcap, Kattie Ness earned with win with Becks picking up the save. Michaela Gillette led the offense with 5 hits including an over the fence homer, two doubles, two singles and 3 rbi’s. Becks added 2 doubles and a single and also had 3 rbi’s and Kendall Galloway had 3 rbi’s as well with a triple and a single. The split left Coldwater with a 3-and-1 record.

Last night in girls soccer, Coldwater lost  4-0 at Battle Creek Lakeview. The game was scoreless at the half with the Spartans getting the first goal of the match 3-and-a-half minutes after the break. Shelby Bowers had 8 saves in goal with Lakeview outshooting Coldwater 18-6. The defeat in their SMAC East opener dropped the Lady Cardinal’s record to 1-and-1. In the j-v action, Lakeview scored a 3-2 victory. Madison Marsh and Breanna Eddy each scored for Coldwater while Amanda Daoud had 2 assists. Gracen Yates and Jasmine Renshaw combined for 8 saves in goal.

Yesterday in track, Quincy had a Big 8 double dual meet with Homer and Jonesville at Homer. In the boys competition, Quincy beat Homer 87-50 but lost to Jonesville 72-65. Tanner Parshall won the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes against Homer and the 200 and 400 meter dashes vs. Jonesville. Riley Horn won the1,600 and 3,200 meter runs against Homer and the 3,200 vs. Jonesville. Hunter Winger was a double winner in the high jump while Ryan Henning was a double winner in the 110 meter hurdles. In the girls meets, Quincy swept to victory, beating Homer 91-44 and Jonesville 80.5 to 55.5. Kayti Hawkins was a double winner in the shot put and discus. Kati Spalding won twice in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. Andrea Ferrin swept the 100 and 200 meter dashes while Alyssa Bracy was a double winner in the 3,200 meter run.

Also in track, Bronson started its season by sweeping to victory at White Pigeon, winning the boys meet 78-50 while the girls won 85-51. In the boys meet, Scotty Wyant finished first in the 100 and 200 meter dashes while Mariah Roberts was a double winner in the same events for the girls.

Yesterday in boys golf, Coldwater took third place in their first SMAC East jamboree of the season hosted by Harper Creek at the Binder Park course. The Cardinal’s team score was 176 while Battle Creek Lakeview finished first at 156. Leading the way for Coldwater was Cam Ruge who carded a 42 followed by Nolan Duda with a 43, Nate Waterbury had a 45, Scout Case a 46, Stephan Boston 50 and Nick Galliers a 57. The Coldwater JV team hosted a jamboree at the Coldwater Golf Club and took first place led by Jacob Fair whose 46 was good for a share of the medalist honors.

In girl’s tennis, Coldwater lost 7-1 at home to Gull Lake with the lone win coming from freshman Emma Grife at second singles.

On today’s high school sports schedule, in baseball, Coldwater has a doubleheader at home against Mattawan while in baseball and softball, Quincy plays at home against Centreville and Union City hosts Concord. In baseball only, Bronson hosts Athens while in softball, Bronson is at Sturgis. In girls soccer, it’s Coldwater at Charlotte while Quincy is at Hanover-Horton. In boys golf, Coldwater hosts 16 schools in the Cardinal Invitational at the Golf Club of Coldwater while Bronson plays Battle Creek St. Philip at Binder Park. And in girls tennis, Coldwater is at Marshall with Bronson at Schoolcraft.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Union City boy’s track coach Mike Eyre.

In middle school sports yesterday, in track, Bronson competed in a tri-meet at Mendon with the boys finishing third and the girls second. For the boys, Cole Houtz was a double winner in the shot put and 70 meter dash while Hunter Trine won the 400 meter dash. In the girls meet, Meghan Vaughn won the 200 meter dash.