MARION —  That's at least a piece of the title.

Marion swept Walkerville 20-0 and 26-0 to clinch at least a share of the West Michigan D Conference softball title on Wednesday.

Payton Raymond got the win in the opener, striking out five batters.

At the plate, Hayle Miller led the way with two hits and three RBIs; Rylie Richards had two hits and three RBIs; Rylie Kishnick two hits and two RBIs; Ali Bell an RBI double; Teagan Cox a two-run single; and Raymond a lead-off triple to start the game.

Miller started game two and pitched two perfect innings before being relieved by Richards.

Kishnick led the way at the plate with two hits, including a double, and two RBIs; Aspen Lagrow had two hits and two RBIs; Bell an RBI triple; Richards an RBI single; and Lexi Bain doubled.

Marion (23-5 overall) hosts a Division 4 district on Friday, May 31.

 

Ramblers win two

MCBAIN — McBain wrapped up the regular season by sweeping Harrison 8-6 and 15-5 in a pair of non-league softball games on Wednesday.

McKenna Gilde got the win in the opener, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out 11.

At the plate, Gilde had five hits, including a home run, and two RBIs; Gracie Brunink a hit; Kayda Cotter a hit and an RBI; Emma Boonstra three hits; Mikayla Pluger two hits and two RBIs; Isabella Gandolfi two hits and an RBI; and Megan Taylor two hits.

Pluger got the win in game two, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out two.

At the plate, Gilde had a hit; Brunink a hit and an RBI; Cotter a hit; Madeline Maloney a hit and an RBI; Vandenbos two hits and an RBI; Boonstra two hits and four RBIs; Mya Eisenga two hits and an RBI; Pluger a hit and an RBI; Gandolfi a hit and two RBIs; and Morgan Eisenga hit.

McBain faces Manton in a Division 3 pre-district contest Tuesday at Lake City.

 

Mesick wins two

BIG RAPIDS — Mesick picked up two wins over Big Rapids Crossroads, 19-4 and 13-4, in West Michigan D play.

Grace Quiggin got the win in the opener, striking out five.

Shanna Mae Fisk paced the Bulldogs at the plate with two hits while Emma Blach added a hit and an RBI. McKenzie Kendall also scored three runs.

Fitt started game two and got the win while Quiggin struck out seven in relief.

Fisk had three hits and three RBIs; Alyssa Duquette two hits; and Noelle Parrish scored three runs.

Mesick (20-10, 12-2) is at Onekama today.

 

Coyotes win two

LUDINGTON — Reed City picked up a pair of non-league wins, beating Ludington 14-6 and 10-8 in eight innings.

Maddie Morgan got the win in the opener, allowing two earned runs on five hits and a walk while striking out four.

Kamryn Myers, Veronica Lofquist and Cassie Enos paced the Coyotes at the plate with three hits apiece while Morgan and Lily Andres each had two. Riley Shafer and Adaline Wirick each had one.

Morgan got the win in game two, allowing no earned runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five.

Lofquist had two hits while Myers, Morgan, Enos, Shafer, Kegan Parrish and Brandi Bentley each had one.

Reed City hosts Lake City today.

 

Manton drops two

GRAYLING — Manton dropped a pair of non-league games to Grayling, 7-5 and 5-4.

"It's not how I wanted to end our regular season but now we know what we have to work on," Manton coach Angie Taylor said.

Shelby Bundy took the loss in the opener, allowing one earned run on 11 hits and a walk while striking out one.

At the plate, Megan Moffit homered; Ashley Parker had three hits; Addison Letts a two-run double; Taylor Purkiss a hit; Molly Lane a hit; and Jaden Wilder a hit.

Letts took the loss in game two, allowing five earned runs on 12 hits and no walks while striking out five.

At the plate, Christina Hicks had a hit; Parker a double, triple and two RBIs; and Letts a hit and an RBI.

Manton (22-10) faces McBain in a Division 3 pre-district contest Tuesday at Lake City.

 

BASEBALL

McBain wins two

MCBAIN — McBain wrapped up the regular season by sweeping Harrison in non-league play.

Mason Heuker and Tristan McElhinney each tossed shutouts as the bats came alive for the Ramblers.

Trevor Bode paced the offense with six hits and nine RBIs while Devin Morris, Lucas VanderVlucht and Levi Ford each had big days at the plate.

McBain (13-22) faces host Lake City in a Division 3 pre-district contest on Tuesday.

 

Mesick wins two

BIG RAPIDS —  Mesick picked up a pair of West Michigan D baseball wins over Big Rapids Crossroads, 3-1 and 12-5.

Jakob Abraham got the win in game one, allowing one run on two hits and while striking out four.

At the plate, Collin Jewett had two hits and an RBI; Cole Spencer two hits, including a double; Kyle Clough two hits, including a double, and an RBI; and Tanner Ford two hits.

Jewett got the win in game two, allowing four earned runs on five hits while striking out four.

At the plate, Robert Spoor had four hits, including a double, and two RBIs; Connor Simmer two hits and an RBI; Jewett three hits and three RBIs; Spencer two hits and three RBIs; and Evan Brown his first career hit.

Mesick (14-17) is at Onekama today.

 

Manton splits pair

GRAYLING — Manton split a pair of non-league baseball games with Grayling. The Rangers won the opener 4-0 while the Vikings won game two 8-5.

"We played solid defense behind solid pitching in the first game along with some timely hitting," Manton coach Josh Franklin said. "Grayling took advantage of a few miscues in the second game."

Trent Grover picked up the win in game one, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out five.

Jacob Haun had a two-run single; Cole Regnerus an RBI single; Lane Helsel a double; and Jacob Wahr a hit.

Collin Carter took the loss in the nightcap.

Regnerus had an RBI triple and a double; Haun an RBI double; Helsel and Codie Poindexter RBI singles; and Grover and Wahr hits.

Manton (11-17) is at Frankfort on Tuesday.

 

GOLF

McBain, NMC compete at league meet

MOUNT PLEASANT — McBain took third and Northern Michigan Christian eighth in the Mid Michigan Golf Conference jamboree at the Mount Pleasant Country Club.

The Ramblers shot a 401.

"It's a good day when you are expected to come in seventh and end up in third," McBain coach Gary Vana said. "Kaleb (Keathley) played his most relaxed match today and it did him good to be pushed by rival Grant Pogue."

Keathley paced McBain with an 89 while Drew Vana shot a 99, Chase Pylkas a 105, Isaac Culp a 108 and Jacob Meekhof a 108.

NMC shot a 427.

"The course was tight today and required a lot of planning versus just hitting it straight off the tee," NMC coach Dave Skinner said. "We weren't too familiar with it but I am actually pleased with how we hit."

Pogue earned medalist honors with a school-record score of 76 while Andrew Eisenga shot a 115 and Ben Moore a 116.

McBain competes in a Division 3 regional next Wednesday at Sundance in Elk Rapids while NMC is at a Division 4 regional on May 30 at the Muskegon Country Club.

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