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Full day of Branch County high school baseball, softball, track, and soccer on Saturday

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - It was a jam-packed high school sports schedule on Saturday with good weather for a change for all the events. In baseball, in the annual Coldwater Cardinal Invitational Pat Lowe Memorial tournament, the host Cardinals finished runner-up while Quincy had a 1-2 record on the day. In the title game, Coldwater fell to Gull Lake 10-8 as the Blue Devils pulled it out with 3 runs in the top of the seventh. Randall Linton suffered the loss in relief. Brandon Lewis had a grand slam and a double for the Cardinals. Coldwater opened the day with an 8-4 win over Quincy. Jeremy Harrell picked up the victory. Ryan Mock had a hit and 2 rbi’s with 2 runs scored while Linton had a double and an rbi. Bryce McCavit took the loss for the Orioles while Jake Rider had a hit and two rbi’s. Coldwater then got by Niles 4-3 with a strong outing from Brayton Rzepka, who went six and two-thirds innings with a 6-hitter and 7 strikeouts. Rzepka helped his own cause with 2 hits and 2 rbi’s. Mock and Morgan Sims also each had 2 hits and Grant Mauer had a solo home run. The Cardinal’s record is now 8-4.

Quincy followed their setback to the Cardinals with an 11-1 loss to Niles. Chase Cook was the losing pitcher. Cook and Jimmy Strock had 2 hits apiece. Quincy finished up with a 10-9 win over Jackson Lumen Christi. Jake Jodway earned the victory. Cook, McCavit and Rider had two hits apiece with 3 rbi’s each for Cook and Rider.

Also in baseball, at the Union City Rotary Invitational, the host Chargers and Bronson both went 1-and-1 on the day.  Union City opened with a 10-1 win over North Adams. Seth Bruce was the winning pitcher with a 6-hitter and 6 strikeouts. Bruce and Kenyon Stuchell had 3 hits apiece with 2 rbi’s for Stuchell. The Chargers then were shutout 13-0 by Michigan Center in a 5-inning game. Cody Cable took the loss with Union City’s record now 1-5. Bronson started the tournament by losing 13-3 to Michigan Center. Chase Carpenter was the losing pitcher while Ryan Hagen had two hits and Philip Mandoka added a double and an rbi. The Vikings then beat North Adams 8-3 with Carpenter earning the victory. He helped his own cause with two hits, including a double and an rbi. Blake Fox also had 2 hits and a double and 2 rbi’s as Bronson moved its mark to 3-1.  

In softball, Coldwater hosted the Lady Cardinal Invitational and Coldwater dropped a pair of games, opening with an 8-3 loss to Three Rivers before falling 3-0 to Olivet. In the Three Rivers action, which we had on the radio, Jessica Becks suffered the defeat while Morgan Howard was our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater with a double and a single.  Payton Watson added two singles.  In the Olivet contest, Kattie Ness took the loss. She also had a double for the Lady Cardinals, whose record dipped to 3-and-3.

Also in softball, Bronson won the Homer Invitational as the Lady Vikings beat Springport 9-4, Grass Lake 7-4, and Napoleon 9-5. Skyler Sobeski earned the win over Springport with 11 strikeouts. On offense, Liz Baker and Hannah Hoover each had a homer and a double with 4 rbi’s for Baker. In the Grass Lake victory, Lindsey Sikorski tossed a complete game with a 6 hitter and 7 strikeouts while Kassidy Bystry and Hoover had 2 hits apiece. In the title game win over Napoleon, Sobeski went the distance to pick up the victory. Bystry had 3 hits including a triple and 3 stolen bases while Sobeski, Hoover and Kinslea Blouin had 2 hits apiece with 2 rbi’s for Hoover. Bronson improved its record to 6-2.

In j-v softball, Coldwater had a runner-up finish in a tournament at Gull Lake.  The Lady Cardinals opened with wins over Schoolcraft 9-8 and 15-5 over Three Rivers before falling 13-4 in the title game to Grand Rapids South Christian. On the day, Stacy Guzy had 4 singles, a triple, and two doubles and 9 rbi’s. Kaitlyn Gallant had 5 singles and an rbi while Jalynn Snyder added 4 singles and 3 rbi’s.

In girl’s soccer, Quincy suffered a pair of losses at the Chelsea Invitational, falling 3-to-0 to Linden and 8-to-0 to tournament champion South Lyon. In the opener, Quincy had two starters go down with injuries and they were out for the rest of the day. South Lyon, one of the top Division One teams in the state, mercied Quincy with a few minutes left in the match as their record dropped to 1-and-2.

In track, the Quincy girls team won the Homer Invitational while the boys took second place in the six team field. Andrea Ferrin was a double winner in the 100 and 200 meter dashes while for the boys, Riley Horn took first place in the 16-hundred and 32-hundred meter runs. Also in track, Union City was at the Marshall Sports Fest competing against 3 other schools and the Chargers were third in the boys meet and fourth in the girls meet. For the boys, Aaron Watson won the 100 and 200 meter dashes while Evan Cross won the shot put and discus. Katie Birch was a double winner for Union City in 800 and 16-hundred meter runs.

On today’s high school schedule, in girl’s soccer, Coldwater plays at home against defending Division Two state champion Gull Lake with the j-v match at five o’clock with the varsity at around 6:45. Also in girl’s soccer, it’s Quincy at Jackson Christian. In boy’s golf, Coldwater has a SMAC East Jamboree at the Marshall Country Club while Bronson has an SJV meet hosted by White Pigeon. And in girl’s tennis, it’s Coldwater at Battle Creek Lakeview while Bronson is at Niles Brandywine.

Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater baseball coach Randy Spangler.