District softball matchups set
Softball fans won’t have to travel far as Watervliet is hosting Division 3 District 74 action next week.
Hartford received a first round bye and won’t take the field until the noon semi-final game on Saturday, June 3.
Bangor received a first round bye and will take on the Indians.
Lawton also received a first round bye.
Coloma and Watervliet will battle it out in first round action Tuesday, May 30 at 5 p.m. The winner will face off against Lawton in the 10:00 a.m. game Saturday, June 3.
The winner of both semi-final games will play at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Regional softball action will take place at Coloma.
Division 4 district soccer games begin May 30
Watervliet and Hartford girls varsity soccer squads have their calendars marked as Tuesday, May 30 begins Division 4 District 50 soccer action at host Saugatuck.
Watervliet will open first round competition against Holland Black River.
Hartford received a first round bye and will play the winner of the Covert/Saugatuck game on Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Finals competition will take place Saturday, June 3 at noon.
Cottrell named 1st Team All-Conference in girls tennis
Coloma girls tennis team received three awards as Naomi Cottrell received First Team All-Conference honors in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Grace Hester and Sam Fischer received Honorable Mention nods.
Congratulations to all three award winners!
BACK TO TWO… Grant Kroschel, shortstop on the Co-loma varsity baseball team, lunges back toward the ball dur-ing sixth inning action May 17 against South Haven. The Com-ets produced a big four-run se-venth inning to break a 2-2 tie and win the first of two games, 6-2. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Local athletes head to state after regional track and field competition
Coloma will send eight athletes and Watervliet will send two to Michigan High School Athletic Association’s track and field state competition Saturday, June 3 at Comstock Park following results from regional competition Friday, May 19 in Comstock.
Coloma finished second overall with 93 points, just 29 points off first place Berrien Springs’ lead. Hartford finished in 16th place with two points.
Headed to state for Coloma will be: Gabe Doggett, Derek Plitt, Josh Young, Brandon Bower, Kobe Hunter, Greg Olsen, Caleb Ellis, and Sincere Taylor.
Doggett tied for second place in the pole vault. He cleared 10’ 3”.
Plitt took first place in the 100 meters with a time of 11.32 seconds and fifth place in the 200 meters with a time of 24.19 seconds. Plitt was an additional qualifier in the 200 meters.
Bower earned two second-place medals in the 110 and 300 hurdles with times of 16.41 seconds and 42.09 seconds, respectively. He will compete at state in both events.
Coloma’s 3200 relay team of Hunter, Olsen, Young and Ellis took gold at regionals with a time of 8:31.62.
In the 1600 meter relay, Ellis, Hunter, Bower and Young ran straight to first place with a time of 3:33.44.
The 800 meter relay team of Ellis, Taylor, Young and Plitt finished with a time of 1:34.01, which gave them a second place finish and a trip to state.
Young raced to a time of 52.14 seconds and finished in second place.
Watervliet will send two competitors to state. Lamarrius Smith earned his trip by finishing second in the long jump with a leap of 19’ 6.25”. Smith also qualified to compete in the 200 meters, as he finished fourth overall with a time of 23.90 seconds. Smith was an additional qualifier in this event.
Jobe Kerr will go for gold in the 800 meters at state after he finished in third place. He finished the race with a time of 2:01.56.
The girls varsity track and field teams also competed at regionals. Hartford finished ninth overall with a score of 29 points. Watervliet took 12th with 22 points, and Coloma finished in 16th place with two points.
No female athletes from the Tri-City area will compete at state this year.
Hartford’s Kling records 29 saves as Hartford soccer splits two games
Hartford keeper Olivia Kling recorded 20 saves in the Indians’ 8-0 loss to Kalamazoo Christian Wednesday, May 17. Hartford Head Coach Abel Robles commented, “Hartford showed great effort and pride” in the loss.
On Friday, May 19, Kling tallied another nine saves as Hartford beat Bridgman 4-2.
Abigail Lopez scored three goals for Hartford. Jessica Cardoso chipped in one goal in the winning effort.
Olivia Ziemer and Marissa Beraza were credited with one assist apiece.
SHOULDERING THROUGH… Coloma’s Jenna Walter watches the ball as it travels toward the outfield May 17 as the Comets traveled to South Haven for doubleheader softball action. Coloma and South Haven split the twin bill. (TCR photo by Kristy Noack)
Watervliet softball tallies perfect 4-0 week on the softball field
Watervliet varsity softball team continues to let their powerful bats do their talking. The Lady Panthers scored 47 runs in a 4-0 winning streak last week. They allowed only 15 runs to be scored against them.
The winning started Monday, May 15 against Lawton. In the doubleheader action, Watervliet won 16-4 and 18-4.
The early game got the Lady Panthers warmed up. They scored seven runs in the first inning to take a 7-1 lead.
The Panthers scored two runs in the second, one in the third and fourth and walloped Lawton for five runs in the seventh.
Lawton scored two final runs in the sixth inning.
Watervliet’s 16 runs came off 12 hits. Grace Smith put up three singles and scored five runs for the Lady Panthers.
Kara Liles belted three doubles and drove in two runs. Zoe Smith hit one single and had two RBIs. Logan Mizwicki scored three runs and hit one single.
Taylor Shafer and Mercede Daugherty scored one run and hit one single apiece.
Liles pitched a complete game. She allowed four runs on seven hits. Liles struck out four.
In the second game, Watervliet was a little slower going early in the contest, trailing 4-1 after two innings of play.
However, the Panther bats woke up in a big way with a huge 11-run third inning to snatch the lead from Lawton’s grasp. Watervliet scored another six runs in the fifth inning and notched the 18-4 win.
Ariana Rowe got the win for Watervliet. She pitched five innings and allowed four runs on three hits. Rowe struck out five batters.
Shafer led the Panthers at the plate with four singles and four RBIs. Grace Smith hit three singles and a double; she drove in two runs.
Rowe stroked a double and single and picked up four runs.
Mizwicki cranked out three singles and scored one run. Liles and Daugherty both hit a single and double and scored one run.
Theresa Skogen chipped in a single and triple on her way to scoring two runs. Zoe Smith hit a single and had one RBI.
The squad traveled to Bronson Friday for a game. Watervliet won 7-2 in a rainy, cold contest.
Mizwicki started the scoring for Watervliet with a run-scoring single. Bronson responded by scoring one run in the first inning also.
A six-run third inning helped Watervliet take control of the game thanks to a home run by Kara Liles.
Watervliet’s seven runs came off 13 hits.
In addition to her home run, Liles hit a single. Skogen and Mizwicki both hit two singles and drove in a run.
Sabrina Klimkiewicz drove in two runs, while her sister Celina hit a single and had an RBI.
Zoe Smith, Shafer, and Rowe each hit two singles.
Liles got the win for Watervliet from the mound. She allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out four.
In their final outing of the week, the Lady Panthers gobbled up Gobles 6-5 Saturday, May 20 at the South Haven Softball Invitational.
The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning. Watervliet tallied three runs across the plate, while Gobles scored one. Watervliet added one more run in the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead.
In the sixth inning, Gobles scored two runs to pull to within one run. In the seventh inning, Watervliet scored two to Gobles’ one run for the 6-5 win.
Liles won her 10th game of the season from the rubber. She allowed five runs on nine hits and struck out four batters.
Daugherty led Watervliet at the plate with a single, two home runs, and four RBIs.
Zoe Smith hit a triple and scored one run. Rowe cranked out a double. Liles hit two singles, and Celina Klimkiewicz had a single and drove in one run.
The Panthers currently hold a 21-7 overall record.
WATERVLIET’S OUTSTANDING SENIOR ATHLETES… Logan Mizwicki and Tyler Brant were recently named Watervliet’s Outstanding Senior Athletes. During her high school athletic career, Mizwicki achieved four varsity letters in volleyball and softball, three letters in basketball, and one letter in track. In that same time period, Tyler Brant earned three varsity letters in football and baseball and two letters in basketball.
Hartford baseball splits doubleheader against Lawrence
Lawrence showed why they are the current Southwestern Athletic Conference – Central Division champions as they took game one against Hartford 6-4.
Lawrence led 2-0 after the third inning. Hartford scored one run in the third inning to draw to within one. Both teams scored one run in the fifth inning.
Hartford scored two more runs in the sixth inning, but Lawrence scored three in their half of the inning.
Hartford’s four runs came off 10 hits. Garrod Johnson and Buddy Earls had two hits and scored one run apiece. Luke Manning and Mike Boyd both hit singles and drove in one run.
The Indians fired back in the second game and snagged the 2-1 victory.
The game was tied 0-0 through four innings. Lawrence scored one run in the fifth inning to take the lead. Hartford bounded back with two runs, including a hit by Adam Wheeler that drove in Hunter Ackerman and gave the Indians the win.
Garrod Johnson got the win for Hartford. He allowed one run on four hits and struck out three batters.
Watervliet soccer drops two games
Watervliet girls varsity soccer squad celebrated Senior Night Monday, May 15. But, the outing turned into a rough one as the ladies lost 7-1 to Kalamazoo Hackett.
Kalamazoo scored four first-half goals and added three more goals in the second half.
Watervliet’s lone goal was scored by Emma Armstrong shortly before intermission.
Casie Gohr and Vicki Smith joined forces covering the net for Watervliet. They combined for a total of 38 saves.
Watervliet traveled to Delton Kellogg Wednesday, May 17 and was shut out 7-0. Delton Kellogg scored three times in the first half and four times in the second half.
Comet baseball enjoys four game win streak for the week
Coloma baseball is firing on all cylinders as the team notched four wins in four games last week.
The Comets faced Marcellus Monday, May 15 in doubleheader action. In the first game, Coloma won 10-8 as three pitchers entered the rotation for the Comets.
Ethan Price pitched one and two-thirds innings. He allowed six runs on four hits and walked three batters.
Anthony Abbott was the second Comet to hit the pitching mound. He tossed the bulk of the game, going five innings. He allowed two runs on three hits. Abbott struck out two batters and walked two.
Hunter Crist pitched one-third of an inning to wrap up the game for Coloma. He did not allow a hit or walk.
Marcellus led 2-0 after one inning. After the second inning, Coloma trailed 6-2.
The Comets scored three runs in the third inning, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to take an 8-6 lead.
Both teams scored two runs in the seventh inning as Coloma posted the win.
Crist hit a single and scored three runs. Abbott, who won his second game of the season, hit a single and drove in two runs.
Nick Eastman earned his first win of the season for Coloma. He pitched five innings and allowed one run on two hits. He struck out two batters and walked one.
Kroschel led Coloma at the plate with three singles and two RBIs. Mathew Kelley hit two singles and drove in two runs. LeClear had a single and two RBIs. Jamie Jones hit a single.
Coloma traveled to South Haven Wednesday, May 17 for two games.
The first game was a pitchers’ duel until the seventh inning. Coloma and South Haven were tied 1-1 after the first inning.
Coloma added a run in the third inning and things looked good for the Comets. South Haven had to wait until the sixth inning before they were able to tie the game at 2-2.
Coloma put the game away with a four-run seventh inning.
Calvin Starnes earned his sixth win for Coloma from the mound. He pitched six innings and allowed five runs on two hits. Starnes struck out seven and walked three.
Dylan LeClear finished the game for Coloma. He pitched one inning, allowed zero hits and struck out two batters while walking one.
Danny Najacht led Coloma at the plate with a three-run single to center in the seventh.
Coloma continued their winning ways in the second game.
South Haven led early, 1-0. Coloma got on the board in the third inning to tie the game.
The Comets took the lead in the fourth inning, 2-1. The squad added two runs in the fifth inning and five in the sixth. The Rams scored one run in the sixth inning and two in the seventh but fell to Coloma 9-4.
Grant Kroschel tallied two singles and three runs scored in game two. Najacht hit two singles.
Coloma’s nine runs came off seven hits.
Hunter Crist notched his third win of the season. He pitched six and one-third innings for Coloma. He allowed four runs on four hits and walked four batters.
LeClear hit the rubber again for two-thirds of an inning. He did not allow a hit or walk a batter.
Watervliet baseball lashes Lawton, splits with Schoolcraft
The Panther baseball team faced Lawton Monday, May 15 and stole two games from host Lawton.
Watervliet won 17-1 in game one after launching out to an early 9-1 lead after the first inning.
Watervliet added three runs in the second inning and four in the fifth, all while holding Lawton scoreless for the remainder of the contest.
Garrett Matthews struck out seven and allowed only one hit and one run as he picked up the win.
Bryant Kieft came on in relief and was huge at the plate. He belted a three-run homer.
Jakob Aldrich hit four singles, while Tyler Brant chipped in a triple and single. Ryan Chisek hit a single and double, as Cam Rendo and Ryan Lefor tallied two singles apiece. Tristin Schultz hit a double.
In the evening contest, Watervliet won 6-3. The Panthers led 2-0 after the second inning and 6-0 after the fourth inning.
Lawton scored three runs in the sixth inning but was unable to close the gap.
Aldrich got the win for Watervliet. Kieft was again the reliever and picked up the save.
Watervliet scored six runs on five hits. Ben Myas hit a single and double. Aldrich chipped in two singles.
The pride of Panthers welcomed Schoolcraft Wednesday, May 17 for a doubleheader.
Watervliet dropped the first game 7-5 after starting the contest extremely hot. The Panthers scored five runs in the first inning before being silenced by the Eagles.
Schoolcraft battled back bit by bit. They scored one run in the first inning, three in the second inning, and two in the fourth to take the 7-5 win.
Tommy Swanson pitched for Watervliet. He allowed seven runs on 12 hits.
Zack Pickens led Watervliet on offense with a single and triple. Rendo and Kieft both hit a double. Matthews added two singles to the team effort.
Game two was a nail bitter. Watervliet led 3-1 after the first inning and 6-2 after the second inning. Things looked good for the Panthers as they added another run in the third and fourth innings. The score was 8-2 after four.
A three-run fifth inning allowed Schoolcraft to pull to within three runs of the tie and caused a bit of sweating to start in the Panther dugout. Things tightened up even more when Schoolcraft scored two runs in the seventh inning. However, the Eagles falls short, giving Watervliet the 8-7 win.
Chisek took the win for Watervliet, and Rendo notched the save.
Matthews hit two singles, and Chisek crushed a double.
Following the victory, Watervliet moved to 14-7 overall this season.
Nelson wins two, Wesaw wins one as Hartford collects three wins on the diamond
Hartford had a successful week off the rubber and at the plate. The team recorded two wins over visiting Lawrence and one win over Decatur.
The Indians welcomed Lawrence to the field Monday, May 15 and nabbed a 4-3 win in game one and a 3-1 victory in game two.
In the early contest, Amara Wesaw earned the win after striking out seven batters.
Lawrence led 2-0 after the first inning, but Hartford got one run on the board in the second inning. The score was tied three-all after three innings.
Hartford scored one run in the fifth and held on for the 4-3 win. Madisyn Earls drove in the winning run on a single.
Hartford jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after the first inning in the late game. Lawrence scored one run in the third inning. Both teams were held scoreless through the top of the seventh inning.
Hartford’s Megan Nelson picked up the 3-1 win. She allowed just one run on seven hits.
Hartford scored three runs on seven hits. Jaelyne Glavan and Earls both hit doubles in the first inning.
The Indians traveled to Decatur on Saturday and snagged a 2-1 win from the Lady Raiders.
Nelson was credited with the win. She allowed one run on nine hits. Decatur scored their lone run in the first inning.
Hartford trailed 1-0 until the squad broke out for two runs in the third. The Indians had five hits in the contest.
Madison Birmele had a two-run single.
Kyle Busch wins Monster Energy All-Star Race
Charlotte Motor Speedway was the place to see NASCAR’s fastest drivers Saturday night. The Monster Energy Cup Series All-Star Race, a no-points contest, featured four different stages and only 20 competitors.
Kyle Busch took the checkered flag for the first time at Charlotte after he led the final 10 laps of the race. Busch started the final segment in second place.
Kyle Larson had, arguably, the better car and better skills Saturday night but just couldn’t close the deal on the win. He finished in second place after winning the first and second 20-lap stages. Larson started the race in first place and led 40 laps.
Jimmie Johnson put forth a good run but was passed up by Busch and Larson and had to settle for third place. He led 19 laps in the 70-lap event and started the race in fourth place.
Kurt Busch finished fourth, while Jamie McMurray took fifth.
Ryan Blaney led one lap but did not finish in the top five.
The field was small as only 20 drivers made the initial cut. Winning the All-Star race does not have an effect on the drivers’ standings; no points are counted during the event. But, the winner does collect a $1 million purse, so it’s not chump change for which the drivers are gunning.
The All-Star Race is broken out into three 20-lap segments and one final 10-lap segment. Only 10 drivers qualify to race in the final 10-lap segment.
To punch their ticket to the All-Star race, drivers who previously won a Cup Series championship and still drive full-time or have won an All-Star race before and still drive full-time qualify. Or, a driver can make the cut if they have won a points race in either the 2017 or 2016 season.
Additionally, three other drivers joined the field by running the best in the open qualifying before the All-Star race. One final driver made the cut based on fan voting.
All in all, Kyle Busch won for the first time at Charlotte, collected the big money, and has a huge psychological boost headed into Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.
The 1.5 mile track is getting quite the workout with race events two weekends in a row. Will Busch repeat? Or, can Larson land in the top spot? Check back next week for results.