Softball roundup 5/20: North Muskegon, Reeths-Puffer, Montague earn sweeps

Local Sports Journal

Katie Hendrickson picked up pitching wins in both games as North Muskegon swept Shelby 6-1, 6-0 in a West Michigan Conference doubleheader on Tuesday.

Hendrickson tossed 14 innings allowing eights hits, one earned run and fanning 21 in the doubleheader.

NM’s Mikayla Stone and Megan Massey both had three hits each in the doubleheader to lead the Norse and Hendrickson belted a pair of homers.

Massey knocked in three runs as did Stone for NM and Hendrickson and Maddison Nelson had two RBIs each.

Shleby’s Tristen Moore had three hits and Miranda Unger had two.

Montague 13-10, Hart 0-0: Morgan Shugars collected six hits in the doubleheader and knocked in four runs to lead Montague. Courtney Lohman and Paige Pineda had four hits each for the Wildcats and Lohman knocked in five runs. Madison Alvarez had two hits and two RBIs for Montague, while Pineda drove in a pair of runs and Lohman homered. Jill Bennett and Kenadee Shugars both earned pitching wins for the Wildcats.

Reeths-Puffer 8-3, Mona Shores 3-0: Emily French had five hits, inlcuding a triple and homer to lead the Rockets in the doubleheader. Sara Bolak four hits and Abby Lynn had to for R-P. French earned both pitching wins for the Rockets. Amy Gillings and Amanda Smith had two hits each for the Sailors.

Western Michigan Christian 4-7, Muskegon Catholic 5-2: In the opener, WMC opened up a 2-0 lead in the third inning as Lorelle Hallenbeck collected a two-run single.  Hallenbeck delivered again in the fifth, driving in Anna Sweetman, who led off the inning with a single, making the score 3-0. MCC closed the gap to 3-2 in the sixth inning, highlighted by an RBI single from Katie Sullivan. In the bottom of the seventh, Hallenbeck reached on an error and advanced to third on an infield out.  She came in to score the tying run on a dropped third strike. Caroline Price scored the eventual winning run a  passed ball. Haylee Moser was 3-for-5. Moser pitched ten innings for WMC, giving up five runs (three earned) on 11 hits, while striking out 8. Price also pitched ten innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits, while striking out 14. In the second game, WMC opened up a 3-0 in the first inning on singles by Moser and Sweetman.  In the second inning, the lead was expanded to 5-0 as Sweetman and Moser collected consecutive doubles, each driving in a run. WMC opened up a 7-0 lead in the fifth as Hallenbeck drove in Poel, who had singled, and Sweetman, who had walked. MCC scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to make the score 7-2. In the top of the 7th, MCC’s first two runners reached base.  After getting the lead runner at third on a ground ball, MCC had runners on first and second with one out. Sullivan hit a hard line drive to Sweetman at third, who caught it and fired to sister Leah Sweetman at second to complete the double play and secure the win for WMC. The Warriors were led on offense by Moser was 2-for-4, Sweetman was 2-for-3.  Moser pitched all seven innings to gain the win.

West Ottawa 12-6, Grand Haven 7-3: West Ottawa banged out 14 hits enroute to a Game 1 victory. The big inning for the Panthers came in the tird inning when the first two batters got on by an error but was followed with three consecutive hits leading to a five-run inning. The Panthers tacked on another three runs in the fourth after a six-run rally by the Bucs in the bottom of the tird inning. IKylie Masko picked up two hits in the opener for Grand Haven. A four-run third inning gave the Panthers the momentum they needed to outlast the Bucs. Despite 12 hits, multiple baseruning mistakes and 18 runners being left on base haunted Grand Haven’s chances for a win. Masko was 3-for-3 with a walk and Mikayla Gronback and Maddie Barshaw each had two hits for the Bucs in Game 2.

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