2017-07-27 / Sports

Extra Points: County stars compete in all-star game


KELLY BUNEK steps to the plate last Wednesday during the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association (MHSSCA) Division 4 All-Star Game at Central Michigan University. Photo: Gary Galla KELLY BUNEK steps to the plate last Wednesday during the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association (MHSSCA) Division 4 All-Star Game at Central Michigan University. Photo: Gary Galla The first of four all-star games at Margo Jonker Stadium last Wednesday featured a pair of former Leelanau Peninsula softball players.

Glen Lake shortstop Kelly Bunek and St. Mary second baseman Emily Holmes, who recently finished first and second in all-county Dream Team voting, played for the D4 Red Team in the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association (MHSSCA) Division 4 All-Star Game on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant.

Bunek finished 0-for-1 with two walks and a run while Holmes went 1-for-3 with an RBI, Glen Lake coach Gary Galla said.

The D4 White Team won the game, 11-4.

Borkovich tries out closer role

The Danville Braves gave pitcher Walter Borkovich two chances to close games last week — and saw mixed results.

Borkovich made his third appearance with the Appalachian League affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in a 9-8 road win over the Johnson City Cardinals last Friday, recording the first save of his professional career in the process. The Elmwood Township native preserved the lead and struck out two of the five hitters he faced.

His ninth-inning appearance in a 7-4 road win over the Kingsport Mets on Monday didn’t go so well. Borkovich took the mound with a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth but surrendered a single, a double, a home run and tossed a wild pitch, retiring just two batters. The Braves scored three runs in the 10th inning to register the victory.

Despite the blown save, Borkovich still sports a 3.86 ERA. He’s given up three earned runs in seven total innings (four appearances), six hits and only one walk while striking out seven.

The Danville Braves (16-16), who were slated to wrap up their series with Kingsport last night, will welcome Johnson City to Legion Field for another three-game set today at 7 p.m.

Run the Ridge returns Aug. 17

The Traverse City Track Club, which is presided by Suttons Bay resident Jim Graham, recently added to its roster of events the Run the Ridge Relay.

The fourth annual 2x5K relay will take place Aug. 17 at Timber Ridge Resort in Traverse City at 6:30 p.m.

The two-person race is held on established, firm dirt on well-marked private trails. The post-race awards celebration in the campground includes a cookout with brats and hot dogs, beverages and s’mores on the campfire.

Relay team categories are female team, male team and co-ed team. Awards will go to the top three finishers in combined age categories and winners of the costume contest, famous pairs or duos. Special awards will go to the fastest parent-child team, sibling team, husband-wife team, co-worker team and grandparent-child team.

Early registration is $35 per person or $65 per team. Online registration available until noon on Aug. 16. Day of registration and packet pickup will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Further information and a link to the registration page is available at the Run the Ridge Relay website, runtheridgerelay.com.

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