2017-06-08 / Sports

Bunek breaks two school records

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff

GLEN LAKE senior Kelly Bunek broke two school records on Saturday. GLEN LAKE senior Kelly Bunek broke two school records on Saturday. Kelly Bunek’s decorated high school softball career came to a close in classic Kelly Bunek fashion on Saturday.

Bunek broke the Glen Lake singleseason doubles record in her final game, a 7-2 loss to St. Mary in the district championship, by recording her 16th in the third inning.

The previous record of 15 was set by Ali Harriger in 2012.

“She’s an explosive base runner,” coach Gary Galla said of Bunek, a Lansing Community College commit who graduated with a 3.95 GPA Sunday. “She’s always looking for two and is never satisfied with one base.”

Bunek also broke the school’s single season steals record on Saturday, becoming the first-ever Glen Lake player to swipe 50 bags in a season.

She eclipsed the previous record of 47 steals, which was set by Sandy Lewis in 1999, against Suttons Bay and set a new mark of 51 against St. Mary the championship game.

“Her stolen base record is an accumulation of many things,” Galla said. “She’s got great speed, but she’s one of the smartest base runners I’ve ever coached. There have been some really good ball players over the years at Glen Lake, but she knows the game so well and reacts to the slightest hesitation from the other team. She’s had the green light all year long.”

The shortstop finished with three hits, three runs and three steals against the Lady Norse—but she wasn’t the only Glen Lake senior with a big game.

Payton Carpenter came through with two hits; Lydia Drzewiecki drove in three runs on three hits; Keaton Mikowski racked up four hits and four RBI; and Brooke Harris had a pair of base knocks and scored three runs.

“It was one play here, two plays there,” Suttons Bay co-coach Keven Cross said of the outburst. “We weren’t able to make the plays we were making down the stretch. Glen Lake is a good team and they took advantage of our mistakes. That’s how they were able to score those runs.”

The Lakers, who also had four RBI from Chavela Norconk, finished with 18 hits. They scored two runs in the first, one in the third, three in the fourth, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Cross was proud of his girls despite the loss. The team finished with 11 wins—10 more than it had a year ago.

“I told them to be proud of all the progress they made individually and as a team,” he said. “I think all Suttons Bay coaches do this, but we stress that you play for the school, your family and the community. I’m proud of how they represented all three of those groups.”

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