COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - In Branch County high school sports, yesterday’s rain put a damper on a busy baseball and softball schedule, causing a number of contests to be called off while several doubleheaders were limited to only one game. That was the case for Coldwater baseball and softball at home against Pennfield, and in the softball action that we had on the radio, the host Lady Cardinals beat Pennfield 7-5 with the victory highlighting Coldwater’s Strikeout for Cancer fundraiser event yesterday for breast cancer awareness. Kattie Ness earned the win in relief of Jessica Becks and Ness, who also had a double and scored a run, was our McDonald’s Player of the Game for Coldwater. Also on offense, Becks had a triple and two singles with an rbi. Morgan Howard added 3 singles and an rbi while Kenzie Galloway had a triple and a single. The win improved their record to 10-3 and today on the Coaches Corner, it’s Coldwater softball coach Tina Scheidler.
In the jv games at Pennfield, it was a sweep for Coldwater over the Panthers 21-1 and 26-11. The winning pitchers were Stacy Guzy and Sierra Wolfcale. In the opener, Kaitlyn Gallant, Kyleigh Scheidler, and Guzy had two singles apiece. In the nightcap, Gallant had a triple, double, and single, Jalynn Snyder had a triple and two singles, and Guzy added 3 singles. The j-v team is now 13-2.
Also in softball yesterday, in a single game, Quincy lost at home to Concord 11-3. Freshman Hannah Economou went the distance and took the loss even though she finished with17 strikeouts.
In baseball, Coldwater defeated Pennfield 13-3 in the six inning twinbill opener with the second game stopped by the rain with no score in the top of the third inning. In the first game, the Cardinals broke it open with a seven run third inning. Brandon Lewis was the winning pitcher with a 6-hitter over 4-innings. Randall Linton closed it out with 2-innings of 2-hit ball. At the plate, Brendan Spangler had 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, and an rbi. Austin Krzeminski added a home run and a double and an rbi while Ryan Mock had 2 hits and 3 rbi’s as Coldwater improved its record to 12-7. In the j-v game at Pennfield, the Cardinals beat the Panthers 10-3 with Matt Gutowski the winning pitcher on a 2-hitter.
Last night in girls soccer, Quincy was a 7-1 winner in a league match at Hillsdale. The Orioles led 3-0 at the half. The Hornets scored first after the break but Quincy continued their aggressive play and kept Hillsdale off the board the rest of the way. Caiylin Hines had 4 goals for the Orioles with one goal each for Mackenzie Moore, Liz Counterman, and Ashton King. Moore also had 3 assists. On the night, Quincy out shot Hillsdale 36-4. The Orioles are now 4-1 in league play and 4-3 overall. Tomorrow, it’s the Quincy Invitational starting at 10 am with the Orioles hosting Laingsburg, Stockbridge, and Monroe.
Thursday in boys golf, Coldwater traveled to Battle Creek's Bedford Valley golf course for the Gull Lake Invitational and came in 6th place out of 19 teams firing a team score of 345. St. Joseph won the event with a 306. Coldwater was led by Nathan Waterbury and Keagan Dwyer who fired rounds of 84, Cam Ruge shot an 86, and Nolan Duda and Scout Case rounded out the Cardinal’s scoring with 91's. The Coldwater JV team was at Island Hills Thursday for a SMAC East jamboree hosted by Sturgis. The Cardinals came in 2nd place to Battle Creek Lakeview shooting a team score of 184 to Lakeview's 179. Coldwater was led by Stephan Boston who tied two players from Lakeview for tri-medalist honors with a score of 42.
On today’s high school sports schedule, in addition to any possible makeup action from yesterday’s rainouts, in track, it’s Coldwater at the Onsted Invitational. In boy’s golf, Coldwater competes in the Parma Western Invitational at Arbor Hills while Bronson is at the Sturgis Invitational. And in girls tennis, Coldwater has a SMAC East-West crossover match at home while Bronson hosts Bridgman.