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Vestaburg wins fourth straight MSAC softball title

The Vestaburg High School softball team improved to 9-1 in the Mid-State Activities Conference on Friday and locked up its fourth consecutive conference title as it swept Carson City by scores of 14-0 and 9-2.

The victory also marks the first time in school history that both the Wolverine softball and baseball teams have been crowned conference champions during the same season.

In the opener, Jannelle Rons got the call for Vestaburg (19-4) and allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out one over five innings to improve her record to 12-1 for the year. She also helped herself offensively where she had two hits, both doubles, and three RBIs. Kendra Borton also batted well for Vestaburg as she had three hits including two home runs while driving in three and scoring three herself while Riley Dove finished with three hits including a home run, a double and two RBIsKarrigan Gates had two hits including a double and three runs scored.

Hayley Johnson improved her record to 7-3 in the finale as she allowed five hits and two runs while striking out four in seven innings of work. Offensively, Rons led the way as she went 4-for-4 with two triples, a double, four RBIs and two runs scored. Akisha Benavidez also batted well as she had three hits including a home run and four runs scored. Ashley Beach also had three hits while Sierra Lott had two hits and scored a run.



Aggies sweep Lake City

LAKE CITY - The Beal City High School softball team swept Lake City Friday, winning the opener 13-0 and the finale 4-0.

Chloe Steffke got the start and earned the victory for the Aggies (13-11, 8-0) as she allowed two hits and no runs while striking out seven in five innings of work. She also went 1-for-4 from the plate with an RBI. Jenna Theisen and Paige Lorenz also batted well for Beal City as each finished the game 2-for-4 with an RBI.

In the nightcap, Kelsey Flaugher earned the victory as she pitched seven innings and allowed nine hits and one walk while striking out four. Alexia Lynch led the way offensively in the finale as she went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Jordan Schneider also batted well as she went 2-for-3 while Andrea Esch and Sarah Schafer each finished with a hit.

The Aggies will put their conference title hopes on the line at home on Tuesday when they play McBain who also stands at 8-0 in the conference.



Bluejays top Alma

The Shepherd High School softball team swept Alma Friday, winning the opener 9-0 and the finale 9-1.

Haley Buckley got the start in the opener for Shepherd (22-6, 11-1) and earned the victory as she allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out seven in seven innings. Offensively, Kaylie Rhynard led the way for the Bluejays as she finished with three hits including a triple and a home run and drove in two RBIs. Charlie Bryant also batted well with two hits and three RBIs.

Buckley then earned her second victory of the night to improve her record to 14-1 on the season as she allowed five hits, one walk and one earned run while striking out 10 over seven innings. Offensively, Rhynard led the way once again with two hits and two runs scored. Bryant also batted well with a hit and an RBI while Bailey Brown had a hit.

Shepherd will look to lock up at least a share of the conference title at home next Wednesday when they play Swan Valley.



Warriors split

The Chippewa Hills High School softball team split with Hesperia Friday, losing the opener 8-4 before winning 3-0 in the finale.

Danielle Eldred took the loss in game one for the Warriors (18-5, 13-1) as she went three and a third innings and allowed seven runs, four of which were earned. Offensively, Kendall Boone led the way for Chippewa Hills as she finished the game with two hits. Brooke Lewandowski and Rachel Lobert also batted well as each finished the game with a double and an RBI.

In the finale, Cassidy Johnson earned the victory as she allowed just two hits while striking out seven in seven innings of work. Hali Earl led the way offensively in the second game as she finished the game with two hits. Lobert also batted well with a double and an RBI.

Chippewa Hills will look to lock up a share of the conference title at home on Tuesday when it plays No. 1 ranked Holton, who also comes in with just a single conference defeat.



Sharks, Jackets split

The St. Louis High School softball team split with Ithaca on Friday, losing the opener 6-4 before prevailing 4-2 in the finale.

Nicole Koczenasz took the loss in game one for the Sharks (10-12, 4-4) despite allowing just two earned runs in seven innings of work. Offensively Amanda Corder led the way, finishing as the only St. Louis player with multiple hits with two for the game.

In the nightcap, Alexis Shattuck got the victory for the Sharks as she went all seven innings allowing five hits, two walks and two earned runs while striking out five. Ashley Lonergan led the way offensively in the finale as she finished with a home run and two RBIs. Taylor Smith and Rebecca Fisher also batted well with two hits apiece.





Last Updated: 5/16/2014 10:35:08 PM EST

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