05-02-2019 Tri-City Area Sports

FIRST PITCH… Watervliet royalty was present at Hays Park for the opening over the weekend of the Watervliet Rec baseball season. Pictured (from the left) Back row: Allen Chapin, Co-Mr. Watervliet 2019; Emma Kraklau, 2nd Runner-up; Hannah Yerrington, Miss Watervliet 2019; Emma Yazel, 1st Runner-up; Derrick Burkhardt, Co-Mr. Watervliet 2019; Front row: Little Mr. Firecracker Bradyn Fuller and Little Miss Firecracker Charlotte Weber.

Press Box Player of the Week

By Jerrod Birmele Riley Traver, a senior at Hartford High School, is this week’s Tri-City Record Press Box Player of the Week. So far this spring, Riley has proven that he is one of the top athletes for the Hartford boys track team, and also can lay claim that he might be one of the best in all of Southwest Michigan. Nothing proves that point more than what happened on the night of Wednesday, April 17.

Watervliet Press Box by John Oliphant

Panther Softball takes two from Saugatuck

The Lady Panthers softball team hosted Saugatuck on April 25, winning both ends of the doubleheader, 15-0 and 7-1. In the first game, Celina Klimkiewicz dominated over four innings, giving up just one hit and striking out eight batters. The Panther offense pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of seven walks to end the game by mercy rule after four innings.

Celina led the hitting attack with two hits and two RBI, including a triple. Sabrina Klimkiewicz also had two hits, with one RBI and a double. Emalie Gitersonke had two hits and one RBI and scored three runs. Other batters with one hit were Alex Worley, Maddie Wilkinson, Addison Riley, Serena Reyna, and Brenna Langston.