2017-05-18 / Sports

Suttons Bay rolls past Buckley for win No. 10

Softball roundup
By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


SUTTONS BAY senior Anya Woods trots toward home base on Tuesday in game one of a doubleheader against visiting Buckley. The Lady Norse scored 35 runs in the twinbill, winning both games. SUTTONS BAY senior Anya Woods trots toward home base on Tuesday in game one of a doubleheader against visiting Buckley. The Lady Norse scored 35 runs in the twinbill, winning both games. Less than a year removed from a one-win 2016 campaign, Suttons Bay softball players have moved their 2017 win total into double digits.

Big games from Laura Hursey and Morgan Jeffrey lifted Suttons Bay to the 10-win plateau Tuesday as the team beat visiting Buckley 15-0 and 20-9.

“We came out focused and played well for where we’re at,” said Suttons Bay co-coach Keven Cross. “The extra hitting is paying off, and that’s important. We’re back to building our confi- dence again after going through the murderer’s row in our conference— that takes a toll on you. The girls were kind of shook, but that confidence is back up and we’re playing our best ball at the right time of year.”

Suttons Bay (10-14, 4-8 Northwest) took just eight innings to record its second sweep in as many days, ending game one in three innings and game two in five innings.

Freshman pitcher Tori Smith got the win in game one, striking out three.

At the plate, Jeffrey and Natalie Ingwersen tallied two hits and two RBI apiece. Taylor Devol added a two-RBI triple, Hursey had an RBI-double and Morgan Kohler supplied an RBI-single.

Grace Periard picked up the win in game two, striking out six Buckley batters. Jeffrey followed suit in the fourth and fifth innings, recording all six of her outs via strikeout.

Hursey had a huge game in the nightcap with four hits and five runs. Jeffrey had three hits and one RBI; Anya Woods had two hits and three RBI; Kohler and Suzanne Shaw each had two hits and two RBI; Smith had an RBI-triple; three players—Periard, Maddy Porter and Corrine Vukasovich—each supplied RBI singles; and Marcy Bennett had one RBI.

“Coach got everybody in,” said Cross, who took over co-coaching duties with Nichele Hursey this season. “It was one of those days with a lot of playing time all around and a lot of nice performances. Hopefully it’ll get us ready for St. Mary on Thursday.”

The Eagles (11-7) host Suttons Bay today at 4:30 p.m.

Eagles, Lakers split wild twinbill

The scoreboard operator had their hands full in Lake Leelanau on Tuesday as Bear Lake and St. Mary combined to score 55 runs in a darkness-shortened doubleheader. St. Mary won game one 19-8; Bear Lake won the five-inning nightcap 18-10.

Emily Holmes put together an impressive performance in game one, going 4-for-4 with a two-run home run and four RBI. Shannon Popp, who picked up the win after striking out 12 Bear Lake batters, went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs. Lindsey Fleis, Olivia Schaub and Nicole Wittman also went off: Fleis went 2-for-4 with three RBI, Schaub went 2-for-3 with five RBI and Wittman went 3-for-4 with one RBI.

“Emily Holmes was the offensive star of the night going 7-for-8 between the games—with a solid two-run home run over the center-field fence,” said coach Teresa Szur. “That really sparked us as we added 10 additional runs in two innings to secure the win.”

Defensive woes plagued the Eagles in game two, however, as the team racked up eight errors in the five-inning affair. Popp was charged with the loss. Holmes rounded out her 7-for-8 evening by going 3-for-4 with two RBI, Schaub stayed hot by going 3-for-3 with one RBI, and Alexandra Kirt went 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs.

Glen Lake sweeps Onekama

Twenty-two total runs and another solid night from freshman pitcher MKenzie Bowens helped Glen Lake record a road sweep at Onekama on Monday, 11-1 and 11-6.

Bowens and Kaitlyn Schaub combined to strike out six Portagers in game one. At the plate, Keaton Mikowski led with three hits and two RBI. Chavela Norconk added two hits and two RBI. Kelly Bunek and Lydia Drzewiecki made their presence felt on the base path, meanwhile, swiping two bags and scoring two runs apiece.

Bowens returned to the circle in game two, registering the final 10 outs for Glen Lake while giving up one run on two hits and striking out four. Norconk led offensively with two RBI and three runs while Bunek swiped four bags and scored twice.

“We’re starting to play better defensively, and it shows on the scoreboard,” coach Gary Galla said of his Lakers (15-11, 5-7 Northwest). “Onekama outhit us the second game, but we took care of the ball and pitched well, too.”

Devol, Norse sweep Brethren

Taylor Devol and her Suttons Bay teammates were firing on all cylinders at the plate on Monday as the Lady Norse notched two wins over visiting Brethren, 15-5 and 10-7.

Devol delivered four hits, drove in three runs and touched home three times in game one as Tori Smith struck out five and secured the first five-inning complete game of her career. Corrine Vukasovich had a big game at the plate, as well, with two hits and four RBI. Laura Hursey, Madelyn Kohler and Grace Periard added two hits apiece and drove in five runs combined. Smith also helped her cause at the plate, driving in a pair of runs.

Hursey led offensively in game two with two hits and two RBI. Vukasovich, Morgan Jeffrey and Anya Woods added two hits apiece. Devol, Jeffrey, Smith, Woods and Marcy Bennett each drove in one run. Periard struck out six in six innings to walk away with the win.

“Grace really battled,” Suttons Bay co-coach Keven Cross said. “Did not have good command but, for a freshman to grind away and figure out how to get the win, that was an impressive performance for her.”

Lakers 0-2 in home tourney

Glen Lake endured a pair of lopsided losses in Saturday’s John Schlosser Memorial Tournament, falling 9-2 to Allen Park-Cabrini in game one and 16-4 to St. Francis in game three. Cabrini beat St. Francis 7-6 in game two to secure the championship.

Kaitlyn Schaub, who led at the plate in game one with a single and two doubles, took the loss against Cabrini.

“Allen Park-Cabrini has a great program,” Glen Lake coach Gary Galla said of the Monarchs, who garnered an honorable mention in the most recent MHSSCA Division 3 rankings on May 10. “They’re ranked every year, and we played them very tough.”

Schaub also took the loss in game three against the Glads while providing two RBI at the plate. She and Kelly Bunek, who had a double and a triple in the nightcap, were named to the all-tournament team.

Charlevoix sweeps Suttons Bay

“Bugaboo innings,” as Suttons Bay co-coach Keven Cross referred to them, made the difference for Suttons Bay last Thursday as Charlevoix tallied two wins at home, 15-2 and 10-9.

“We just could not figure out how to make that next play in the field,” Cross said of the team’s defensive struggles. “For as well as we had been playing, it was uncharacteristic of us to be as sloppy as we were.”

Charlevoix opened the floodgates in game one by making the most of two Suttons Bay errors in the bottom of the third inning. Cross said the Norse, who jumped out to an early 3-2 lead, quickly found themselves on the wrong side of a 10-3 ballgame as a result.

Morgan Jeffrey, who led the team with two hits and one RBI in game one, tacked on three hits and two RBI in the nightcap. Laura Hursey, Grace Periard and Morgan Kohler added two hits apiece. Kohler, Amanda Allison and Tori Smith each drove in one run.

Drzewiecki homers twice in split

Glen Lake quadrupled its 2017 home run total in a doubleheader at Manton last Wednesday, losing 7-4 and winning 6-5 in the nightcap.

Lydia Drzewiecki blasted Glen Lake’s second homer of the season over the left-field fence in game one, but it wasn’t enough as Manton managed to maintain its lead. Kaitlyn Schaub took the loss for Glen Lake, scattering six hits and two walks while striking out four.

Manton raced out to a 4-0 lead in the nightcap—only to see Schaub and Drzewiecki blast back-to-back home runs over the left-field wall. The Lakers completed the comeback in the top of the sixth inning, scoring two runs. Reagan Middleton recorded the win after giving up one hit and zero runs while striking out four in four innings of relief. Schaub finished with four hits and four RBI.

“It’s kind of fun,” Glen Lake coach Gary Galla said of the back-to-back jacks. “The girls really got excited. After those two did that, we started pecking away. We just started having fun and momentum switched our way.”

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