04-27-2017 Tri-City Area Sports


 The Watervliet girls’ varsity soccer team split their record last week, suffering a 9-0 loss to Kalamazoo Christian on Monday, April 17 but shutting out Berrien Springs 1-0 on Friday, April 21.

Tuesday’s contest found Kalamazoo leading 9-0 after the first half when the game was called. Casie Gohr and Vickie Smith “each played hard, taking a turn as the goalie. The Panther defense struggled with defensive placement,” Watervliet coach Dave Armstrong commented.

Watervliet earned their first victory of the year on Friday against the Shamrocks. Gohr, in as keeper, was credited with 18 saves. She also scored the lone Panther goal, which occurred in the second half of play.

Watervliet currently holds a 1-1-1 record.

MANNING MAKES IT HOME… Luke Manning slid into home during Hartford’s first of two games against Sau-gatuck April 17. Manning’s run was one of three scored by the Indians in a sixth inning rally, but Hartford lost 8-3. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)


Hartford crushes Saugatuck; beat Bangor in doubleheader action

 Hartford’s softball team continues to set a torrid pace over their competitors. On Monday, April 17, the squad scored 35 runs in two games and left Saugatuck shaking their heads.

Hartford’s offense was on fire in game one. The team scored runs in each of the four innings they played. The Indians scored two, five, seven, and one runs, respectively.

Hartford was stingy on defense. Saugatuck scored one run in the first inning and one in the fourth. Amara Wesaw pitched for Hartford; she struck out five batters while notching the win.

Hartford’s 15 runs came off 17 hits as the squad crushed every ball that was remotely hittable.

Regan Sinclair had three hits, including a double and triple, and scored four runs.

Angela Saldana hit a single and triple. Wesaw stroked a double in the winning effort.

In the late game, Hartford shut out Saugatuck 17-0.

Madisyn Earls led the Indians with five RBIs on two hits. Nelson also had two hits and scored three runs.  Mikenzie Chambers had one RBI and three hits.

Megan Nelson got the win on the mound for Hartford. She allowed three hits.

Hartford scored three runs in the first inning and 14 in the second inning.

Thursday, April 20 found the Indians facing Bangor on the road. In the first of two games, Hartford blanked Bangor 15-0.

Hartford star Amara Wesaw pitched the shutout. She allowed four hits in the contest.

Hartford opened the contest by scoring 12 runs in the first inning. The Indians added three in the second inning.

Megan Nelson led the team with a single and double. The squad stole 11 bases.

In the late game, Hartford continued to beat up on the Bangor squad. This time the Indians won 10-0.

Taking the mound in the evening contest was Nelson. She allowed three hits and struck out nine batters.

Earls and Wesaw had multiple hits in the Indian victory.

Watervliet fans Fennville

 Watervliet’s baseball squad garnered two victories against winless Southwestern Athletic Conference foe Fennville Monday, April 17. Game one went to Watervliet with a score of 7-3, while game two saw the Panthers shut out the Blackhawks 7-0.

Jakob Aldrich took the mound for Watervliet in the first contest. He nabbed the win with an assist from Bryant Kieft who came on in relief.

Both teams were knotted up at 1-1 after the second inning. Watervliet scored one run in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead.

Fennville fought back in the sixth inning. They added one run, but Watervliet dropped an additional two runs on the board to lead 7-2. Fennville scored the final run of the game in the top of the seventh inning, but the rally fell short.

Watervliet scored seven runs on four hits. The squad had three errors.

Ryan Chisek led Watervliet at the plate with a triple. Zack Pickens hit a double.

In game two, Chisek continued his excellent performance. He took the mound and struck out five batters on his way to the win. Tommy Swanson also threw for Watervliet.

Tyler Brant hit two singles in the 7-0 Panther victory. Watervliet scored four runs in the first inning and three in the second inning.

Comet baseball goes to work

 Coloma baseball spent the week putting together a four-game win streak. On Monday, April 17, the squad faced Gobles in doubleheader competition and won 11-2 and 9-1.

In the first contest Coloma scored early in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.

Coloma got another run across the plate in the third inning, but Gobles scored two runs in their half, tying the game at 2-2.

Coloma took the lead in the fifth inning with one run and tacked on another eight in the seventh inning.

Calvin Starnes got the win from the mound for the Comets. He pitched 6 and two-thirds innings during which he allowed two runs on four hits. Starnes struck out 12 and took his record to 3-0.

Hunter Crist pitched one-third inning in relief.

Starnes also led the offense with three singles and two RBIs. Danny Najacht belted a double and three singles. Mathew Kelley put up two singles and scored three runs. Grant Kroschel hit two singles.

In the late game, Coloma led 2-1 after the first inning. They held Gobles scoreless the rest of the contest as the Comets continued to put runs on the board.

Coloma scored three runs in the third, one in the fourth, and three in the fifth to win 9-1.

Kelley notched the win for Coloma from the rubber. He pitched five innings and struck out 10 batters. Kelley also had two singles and three RBIs at the plate. Anthony Abbott hit two singles.

On Wednesday, April 19 the team faced Allegan at home and recorded another two wins, a 3-0 shutout and 11-5.

As they have often this season, Coloma led 1-0 after the first inning. The Comets scored one run in the third and one in the fifth while they held Allegan scoreless.

Coloma’s three runs came off six hits. Anthony Abbott scored two runs and hit two singles. Nathan Wilder and Dylan LeClear both hit two singles.

LeClear got the win for Coloma. He pitched a complete game and allowed only two hits while striking out seven and walking five.

In the second game, Coloma led 1-2 after the second inning, and the squad kept getting better at bat. A three-run third inning and five-run fourth inning gave the Comets a 9-3 lead. Both teams scored two runs in the fifth inning, giving Coloma the 11-5 victory.

Ethan Price, Crist, and Abbott combined on the mound for Coloma. Price pitched three and two-thirds innings. He allowed three runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked three and got the win.

Crist pitched one and a third innings, allowing two runs on one hit. Crist struck out two and walked two. Abbott pitched one inning. He allowed one run.

Robbie Schroeder hit a single and double with two RBIs for Coloma. Starnes cracked two singles and a double with two RBIs. Kroschel hit a double.

With a four-game win streak during the week in hand, Coloma participated in a round robin tournament in Bridgman Saturday, April 22.

In the early game, Coloma was shut out 1-0 by Bridgman.

The lone run of the game for the Bees came in the third inning.

Coloma had three hits in the contest.

Crist pitched the complete game for Coloma. He put up a strong effort as he allowed only two hits and struck out four batters.

In the afternoon game, Coloma faced Comstock and lost 5-3. This time Comstock jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after the first inning. The team scored another run in the second to lead Coloma 3-0 after two.

Comstock added two runs in the fourth inning before Coloma scored two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth during a rally attempt.

Kelley took the mound for the Comets and the loss. He pitched four innings. He allowed five runs on three hits. He struck out five batters and walked four.

Calvin Starnes pitched two innings for the Comets. He struck out three batters.

Kelley stroked a triple and had an RBI. LeClear hit three singles and Price had two singles in the Comet effort.

Hartford soccer clips Comstock, loses to Lawton

 Hartford’s girls’ varsity soccer team split two games last week. On Monday, April 17 the squad ran away with a 5-1 victory over Comstock at home.

Abigail Lopez scored two goals and had one assist. Marissa Beraza tallied one goal and one assist.