2017-05-04 / Sports

Freshman pitcher saves the day as Glen Lake staves off St. Mary

Softball roundup
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


SUTTONS BAY softball players will look to snap a four-game slide when they travel to Kingsley on Friday. SUTTONS BAY softball players will look to snap a four-game slide when they travel to Kingsley on Friday. With two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, Glen Lake coach Gary Galla decided to put the game in the hands of a freshman.

That freshman was relief pitcher Delaney Jackson—and she did not disappoint.

Jackson induced a pop-up to the catcher, St. Mary’s comeback attempt fell short, and the Lakers recaptured the Leelanau County Classic crown with a 7-5 victory on their home field.

“She’s got ice water in her veins,” Galla said of Jackson, who now has two bases-loaded saves this season. “She just came in and got the out.”

The win was another step in the right direction for the Lakers (9-5, 1-5 Northwest), who continue to lean heavily on underclassman pitchers. Three pitched in the victory: Jackson, sophomore starter Kaitlyn Schaub and freshman MKenzie Bowens. The trio gave up nine hits combined.

Offensively, however, a senior led the way for Glen Lake. Kelly Bunek got things going in the first inning, giving the Lakers a 3-1 lead with a home run over the left-field wall.

“I think that’s only the 10th home run in the 15 years I’ve coached,” Galla said. “It’s a big ballpark, so it’s hard, but she got that one.”

Bunek finished with two hits, two runs and two stolen bases. She was later named the all-tournament team MVP. Katie Scott added three hits while Lydia Drzewiecki and Keaton Mikowski supplied two hits and two RBI apiece.

“Didn’t get the result we wanted— but it was a battle just the same,” said St. Mary coach Teresa Szur. “We had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh, down just two with a chance to tie or go ahead with a big hit.

“On Wednesday we watched that opportunity go by by taking a called third strike for the last out in game two. On Saturday, my batter had the guts to swing and put the ball in play. The result was the same, but I’ll take a kid that is going up with the intent to hit the ball in that situation.”

Shannon Popp took the loss for St. Mary (7-5), giving up 11 hits and two walks while striking out three.

Lexi Schaub led at the plate, going 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs and one RBI. Alexandra Kirt went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Emily Rice-Burch went 2-for-4, as well.

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Glen Lake gets past Suttons Bay

Kelly Bunek and Lydia Drzewiecki drove in seven runs as Glen Lake doubled up Suttons Bay, 10-5, in game one of the Leelanau Classic on Saturday.

The teams were tied 4-4 until the bottom of the fifth when the Lakers blew the game open with six runs.

“Suttons Bay is greatly improved,” Glen Lake coach Gary Galla said. “They played a pretty error-free game but made a few mistakes and we capitalized with timely hits.”

Drzewiecki had three hits and three RBI; Bunek had two hits and four RBI. MKenzie Bowens, Reagan Middleton and Keaton Mikowski supplied two hits apiece. Kaitlyn Schaub got the win, giving up four hits while striking out four in four innings. Bowens secured the save.

Laura Hursey led at the plate for Suttons Bay (5-7, 2-4 Northwest) with two hits and one RBI.

Lady Eagles fly past Norse

Strong showings from Jenna Sumner, Emily Holmes and others lifted St. Mary past Suttons Bay in game two of the Leelanau Classic, 9-6.

Sumner went 3-for-4 with three stolen bases; Emily Holmes went 2-for-3 with four RBI; Lexi Schaub went 2-for-3 with one RBI; Alexandra Kirt went 1-for-3 with two RBI; and two players, Olivia Schaub and Nicole Wittman, supplied one hit and one RBI apiece.

Shannon Popp picked up the complete game victory, giving up 10 hits and two walks and striking out five.

Suttons Bay co-coach Keven Cross said St. Mary took over with a four-run sixth inning, but that he was proud of his team’s effort nonetheless.

“We played with some confidence and I think it showed in that game with St. Mary,” Cross said.

Laura Hursey and Grace Periard led for the Norse, supplying three hits and one RBI apiece. Torrey Smith added two hits and two RBI; Morgan Jeffrey had one hit and two RBI; and two players, Natalie Ingwersen and Morgan Kohler, tacked on two hits apiece.

Lakers take two from St. Mary

A big day from Reagan Middleton propelled Glen Lake to a pair of wins in Lake Leelanau last Wednesday, 10-4 and 15-12.

Middleton managed to rack up three hits and two RBI in game one and two hits and three RBI in game two.

“Credit Glen Lake for two Ws that they earned,” Eagles coach Teresa Szur said, “but we had 10 errors in the two games, (including) seven in game one. We are just not fielding as cleanly this season, but at least that’s something we can work to improve upon.”

Kaitlyn Schaub picked up the win in game one, giving up four hits while striking out seven. Kelly Bunek led offensively with three hits and three stolen bases. Lydia Drzewiecki added two hits and two RBI; Morgan Zywicki had three RBI.

Shannon Popp took the loss for St. Mary in game one. Emily Holmes and Alexandra Kirt both went 1-for-3 with one RBI and a stolen base while Lexi Schaub went 1-for-1 with two walks and a steal.

Zywicki got the win for Glen Lake in game two; MKenzie Bowens secured the save. Offensive leaders were Drzewiecki and Katie Scott, who supplied two RBI apiece.

Nicole Wittman took the loss in game two. Holmes led the way offensively for St. Mary, going 2-for-2 with three RBI, one walk and a stolen base. Jenna Sumner went 2-for-3 with one RBI, one walk and one stolen base.

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