MONTAGUE — Ludington and Montague split a non-conference girls softball doubleheader at Montague on Tuesday, with the Orioles winning the opener 17-0 and Montague bouncing back to win the nightcap 15-1.
In the first game Lilli Goodrich threw a no-hitter for the Lady Orioles without walking a batter and striking out nine.
Brynn Cole was the leading hitter, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Goodrich and Ayiana Rangel each hit a home run, and Keeley Curtis, Jody Meisenheimer and Brynn Fortner had two hits apiece. Fortner had a double.
In the nightcap Gabby Moreau drove in four runs on three hits to lead the Lady Wildcats at the plate.
Montague notched seven runs in the second inning with Alissa Wynn, Moreau and Presley Davis knocking out doubles. Kennedy Johnson and Abby Thommen each added singles.
Thommen led the Lady Wildcats to victory in the pitcher’s circle, allowing just two hits and one run over five innings, striking out one batter.
Montague racked up 14 hits with Wynn and Moreau each knocking out three. Also getting multiple hits were Thommen, Davis and Johnson.
Meisenheimer started in the circle for the Lady O’s in the nightcap and took the loss. She ewnt 2 2/3 innings giving up eight hits while walking two and striking out two.
Goodrich came in out of the bullpen and threw 2 2/3 innings of relief, giving up five hits, one walk and struck out three. She and Kasey Wallace each had a hit on offense.
“We played very well the first game,” said Ludington head coach Sierra Holmes. “Lilli pitched very well, and we really hit the ball. We weren’t as sharp in the second game, but we moved kids around too and were able to get some kids some experience.
“Credit to Montague, they battled back and hit the ball well in game two, while we had trouble getting anything going. We’ve played a lot of games in the past week, so it will be nice to take a breath and work on some things at practice.
“We’re looking forward to Senior Night on Thursday against MCC.”