COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, it was a full slate of baseball and softball doubleheader action yesterday for all four county teams. In baseball, Coldwater earned a split at Marshall with the visiting Cardinals taking the opener 6-2 before the Redhawks rebounded in the nightcap to win 7-3. In game one, Coldwater trailed 2-0 after 5-innings but they tied it up with a pair of runs in the sixth and then put Marshall away with 4 runs in the top of the seventh. Grant Mauer went the distance for the victory with a 3-hitter and 4 walks and no earned runs allowed. He also helped his own cause with 3 singles and a run scored. Morgan Sims added two hits with an rbi. In the second game, Marshall broke it open with a 6 run second inning. Ian Wright started and took the loss for the Cardinals while at the plate, Jordan Butler went 3-for-3 with three singles and also Ryan Mock had a pair of hits. Coldwater is now 9-5 overall and 3-3 in the SMAC East.
In the j-v games at Coldwater, the Cardinals swept the doubleheader, 5-4 in eight innings and 4-3. In the opener, Shane Dunn got the win in relief of Addison Duda while Brayton Rzepka had a home run and a single. In the nightcap, Sean Printke went the distance with a 3-hitter while Dunn and Rzepka had 2 hits apiece.
Also in baseball yesterday, Quincy swept a doubleheader at Jonesville 5-1 and 12-2. The winning pitchers were Tyler Powell and Bryce McCavit. Powell tossed a 3-hitter with 8 strikeouts while McCavit also had a 3-hitter in the six inning nightcap. In the first game, Chase Cook and Jake Jodway both had doubles and 2 hits apiece. In game two, McCavit helped his own cause with two hits while Jake Rider added a pair of hits.
Union City took two at Athens 6-0 and 8-2. Hunter Johns had a 2-hitter in the opener with 8 strikeouts. Kenyon Stuchell, Cody Cable, Darren Austin, and Johns had two hits apiece with 2 rbi’s each for Cable, Austin, and Johns. In the nightcap, Seth Bruce was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit over 5-and-a-third innings. On offense, Austin had 2 hits and 2 rbi’s while Gavin Stuart added 2 hits. The sweep leaves the Chargers at 3-5 and 2-2 in the Big Eight.
Bronson took both ends of a doubleheader in their St. Joe Valley opener at White Pigeon 15-0 and 9-1. Daniel McMichael had a 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts in the 5-inning first game while Ryan Hagen had 2 hits and 2 rbi’s. In the six inning nightcap, Hagen picked up the victory with a 5-hitter and 7 strikeouts and at the plate, he had two hits. McMichael had 4 rbi’s with a hit and Chase Carpenter had 2 hits. The Vikings improved their record to 5-1.
Turning to softball, it was a sweep for Coldwater at Marshall 11-1 and 14-2. Jessica Becks had a no-hitter in the opener with 9 strikeouts and 5 walks while Kendall Galloway had 2 singles. In game two, Kattie Ness had a 3-hitter. Katie Stanton had 3 singles, Galloway had 2 singles and 2 rbi’s, Becks had a double and a single and 2 rbi’s and Morgan Howard added a double with 2 rbi’s. Coldwater is now 5-1 in conference play and 5-3 overall.
In the j-v games, it was also a Coldwater sweep 15-0 and 19-4. The winning pitchers were Stacy Guzy and Sierra Wolfcale. In the opener, Wolfcale had a double and a single and 2 rbi’s. In game two, Kaitlyn Gallant had 3 singles and an rbi.
Quincy split its doubleheader at Jonesville, winning the opener 5-3 before dropping the second game 9-6. Freshman Hannah Economou earned the game one victory with 11 strikeouts and at the plate, she had 4 hits and 2 rbi’s. Kaylin Oliver also had 4 hits and an rbi while Katie Newberry and Madison Winger had 3 hits apiece. In the nightcap, Newberry and Courtney Dules each had 2 hits and an rbi.
It was a split for Union City at Athens with the Chargers dropping the opener 8-7 in eight innings before they took the second game 13-3 in five innings. Marissa Mead was the pitcher of record for Union City in both games and at the plate for the day, she had 2 hits including a home run and 4 rbi’s. Riley Smith added 2 home runs and 5 rbi’s while Shayne Hasty had 3 hits including a homer and 4 rbi’s.
Bronson swept a doubleheader at White Pigeon 18-0 and 11-1. In the 3-inning opener, Skyler Sobeski had a no hitter with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks. She also had a single and a triple and 3 rbi’s. Kassidy Bystry had 3 singles and 2 rbi’s and Liz Baker had a double and 2 singles and 3 rbi’s. In the five inning nightcap, Lindsey Sikorski had a 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts. Bystry and Kelsey Robinson each had 2 singles and an rbi. Bronson’s record is now 8-2.
And yesterday in girls tennis, Bronson played to a 4-4 tie at home against Kalamazoo Hackett.
On today’s high school sports schedule, in girls soccer, it’s Coldwater at Marshall. In track, Quincy hosts a double dual with Athens and Reading while Union City is at Jonesville and Bronson hosts Centreville. And in girl’s tennis, it’s Coldwater at Harper Creek. Today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Bronson softball coach Becky Gray.
In middle school sports, in tennis, the Coldwater “A” team lost at home to Sturgis 6-2. The Cardinals earned points at first doubles with Porter Skidmore and Blake Yates and at second doubles with Gabby Boston and Emma Stanley. The Coldwater “B” won 8-0 at Sturgis.