Fruitport vs. Ludington
FRUITPORT — Fruitport’s girls softball team’s bats were as hot as the weather Thursday afternoon in a non-conference sweep of a doubleheader with Ludington at home, 12-2 and 14-7.
Olive Staal showed some timely hitting in the opener, knocking out three hits including two doubles and driving in four runs as the Fruitport girls softball team defeated Ludington, 12-2 in the second game of a non-conference doubleheader in Fruitport.
Kadence Springstead was the winning pitcher, giving up two runs on four hits with one walk and 10 strike outs over six innings of work.
Fruitport had 11 hits with Teagan Schultz and Staal leading the way with three hits apiece. The Trojans stole four bases, with Sabi Miel leading the way with two.
Lilli Goodrich pitched the first five innings of the game for Ludington and took the loss. She gave up seven hits and one walk while striking out seven. Jody Meisenheimer pitched the final inning and gave up four hits and four walks.
Keeley Curtis was 1-for-2 with one RBI. Goodrich and Rebecca Szoboszlay each had doubles, and Brynn Cole also had a hit for the Orioles.
The Trojans pulled away for good in the nightcap with three runs in the fourth inning as Abbey Eads drew a walk and eventually scored, while two more scored thanks to a Ludington error.
Brooklyn Russell was in the pitcher’s circle for the Trojans and collected the win. She gave up one run on five hits with one walk and eight strike outs over 5 1/3 innings after Riley Zwar started the game and was tagged for six runs on five hits with one strike out over 1 1/3 innings.
Fruitport had 10 hits for the game, with Kadence Springstead and Olive Staal each had two hits.
Goodrich went the distance in the circle in Game 2 for the Orioles, throwing six innings and giving up eight hits, eight walks and striking out six.
Kasey Wallace and Goodrich were each 2-for-3 with a triple, and Goodrich collected two RBI. Brynn Fortner was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, and Cole also had two hits.
Montague vs. Grand Rapids West Catholic
MONTAGUE — Montague’s girls softball team split a non-conference doubleheader from visiting Grand Rapids West Catholic on Thursday afternoon, losing the opener 14-6 and winning the nightcap 6-4 in Montague.
In the first game Montague collected eight hits while West Catholic had 22.
The Wildcats rallied to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first inning on a base hit by Gabby Moreau.West Catholic pulled away for good with two runs in the second inning.
Montague scored three runs in the seventh inning, with Alissa Wynn hitting a triple while Hayden Boutell had a double and Kennedy Johnson singled.
The Wildcats rallied late to snap a 3-3 tie in the second game as an error led to two runs.
Moreau grounded out to score one run in the first inning.
Natalie Kellogg was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats. She went five innings allowing three runs on two hits and striking out three.
Abby Thommen started the game for the Wildcats, going two innings allowing one run on one hit and striking out two.
Whitehall vs. Mona Shores
WHITEHALL — Mona Shores’ girls softball team swept a non-conference doubleheader from Whitehall, 15-9 and 20-6 in a pair of high scoring games in Whitehall on Thursday afternoon.
Kristen Hylland was the winning pitcher in the first game, allowing nine runs on eight hits and striking out four.
Mia Geoghan was clutch at the plate for the Sailors, driving in seven runs on three hits, including her second grand slam home run of the season in the fifth inning.
The Sailors had 18 hits for the game. Hannah Geoghan, Abbie Critchett, Maggie McCarthy and Brooklyn Graham all had three hits apiece.
Macey Spaniola picked up the pitching win in the nightcap, giving up six runs on eight hits and striking out four over five innings of work.