Local Sports Journal

Holton fought off an early deficit with big bats in its 12-7 win over Kent City. The win crowned the Red Devils with a Division 3 district softball championship.

The Red Devils pounded out an 11-7 fifth-inning lead on nine runs in the inning.

Kent City enjoyed an early 6-0 lead after two innings, but Holton hitters stepped up.

Kaylee Slowik had two hits and an RBI to lead Holton.

Rachel Younts pitched all seven innings for Holton. Younts struck out five and gave up three walks.

Kent City managed 10 hits as a team and was led by Janae Atwood’s three hits and two RBI.

Brianne Sweers had two hits and two RBI.

Both teams were hurt by errors. Kent City committed 10 while Holton had four.

Kendra Coalter had two hits and Paige Smith had a RBI-double for Kent City.

“We just gave away too many extra outs to a good team,” said Kent City coach Krisha Hoffman. “We fell into the pressure Holton puts on your defense as they run the bases. Either way, we left proud of how far we have come.”