MARION — The title quest is still alive.
Marion kept itself in contention for the West Michigan D Conference softball title as it swept Big Rapids Crossroads 14-0 and 21-4 on Monday.
"We played a sound game defensively and had some really nice hitting and base running," Marion coach Ryan Raymond said.
Payton Raymond picked up the win in the opener, allowing two hits while striking out five.
Aspen Lagrow led the way at the plate with four hits, including two doubles and a triple, and five RBIs while Raymond had three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI. Rylie Richards had two hits and an RBI; Riley Kishnick two hits, including a double; Teagan Cox a hit and an RBI; and Nicolette Maddox a hit and an RBI.
Hayle Miller picked up the win in game two and struck out four.
At the plate, Cox belted a grand slam and a single with five RBIs while Lagrow added three hits and two RBIs. Jersey Scott had two hits and an RBI; Richards two hits and three RBIs; Miller a hit and an RBI; Maddox a hit and an RBI; and Ali Bell a hit and an RBI.
Marion (21-5 overall) hosts Walkerville on Wednesday.
Bulldogs win two
PENTWATER — Mesick picked up a pair of wins, beating Pentwater 5-3 and 8-1 in a pair of West Michigan D Conference games.
Grace Quiggin picked up both wins, striking out five batters in each game.
Shanna Mae Fisk had a hit in the opener and Kailie Fitt added two RBIs.
Quiggin drove in two runs in the nightcap while Kaylee Carlson scored twice and Emma Blach drew two walks.
Mesick (18-10 overall, 10-2 WMD) is at Big Rapids Crossroads on Wednesday.
Brethren blanks NMC
MCBAIN — The chances were certainly there but the goals were not.
Northern Michigan Christian wrapped up the regular season with a 4-0 loss to Brethren in an NMSL contest on Monday.
The Comets outshot the Bobcats 18-10 but had nothing to show for it.
"We made some uncharacteristic mistakes defensively and couldn't connect offensively," NMC coach Dave VanHaitsma said. "It was one of those days in which we put our hard shots at the keeper or just missed and hit several weaker shots with better placement but no pace.
"Our passing upfront and in transition was mostly good, but we made some costly errors and Brethren did an excellent job capitalizing on our mistakes."
Megan Bennett made six saves in goal for NMC.
The Comets (5-4-4 overall) host Brethren in a Division 4 district contest on Thursday.