Local Sports Journal

Western Michigan Christian split its softball doubleheader with Grant on Thursday. The Warriors dropped the opener 11-4 but won 10-7 in Game 2.

Lorelle Hallenbeck and Anna Sweetman sparked an early 4-2 WMC lead in Game 1 with back-to-back RBI singles. Hallenbeck finished with two hits and three RBI while Sweetman had a hit and an RBI.

Grant’s Emily Gabrielse posted the win on the mound for Grant as she held WMC to just one hit through 5 1/3 innings. Dayna Wood, Preslee Deater, Sammy Slachter and Laura Saxton all had two hits for the Tigers.

In Game 2, the Warriors put up six runs in the fourth inning to go up 9-2 but had to fight off five Tiger runs in the seventh. Pitcher Haylee Moser had the win on seven innings pitched and five strikeouts.

Hallenbeck led with three hits and an RBI while Sweetman had two hits and an RBI. Leah Sweetman had three RBI.

“We got off to a good start in the first game, but Gabrielse shut us down,” said WMC coach Jeff Nestell. “Our defense played well today in poth games, minimizing errors and making Grant earn their runs.”

Grand was led by five players with multiple hits. Preslee Deater, Sammy Slachter, Laura Saxton, Gabrielse and Wood each had two hits for the Tigers.