2018-06-13 / Sports

End of the line for area softball teams

BY SPORTS STAFF


Lapeer’s Leah Ruddock leads off the base during the district semifinal against Grand Blanc on June 2. 
Photo by Dan Brovant Lapeer’s Leah Ruddock leads off the base during the district semifinal against Grand Blanc on June 2. Photo by Dan Brovant AREAWIDE — The three remaining softball teams in the post season from Lapeer County all saw their seasons come to an end this past Saturday. North Branch made it the furthest, advancing to the Div. 2 regional final before falling to Richmond. Both Lapeer and Mayville saw their seasons come to a close in their respective semifinal games.

DIV. 1 AT SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

The Lapeer Lightning softball season came to a close on Saturday after Lapeer fell 4-2 to Alpena in the Div. 1 regional semifinal held at Saginaw Valley State University. Alpena eventually took home the regional title after defeating Bay City Western 5-4 in the final.

The Lightning grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the third, but Alpena answered right back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game 2-2. Alpena then added its final two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Alpena out-hit Lapeer 7-4 and committed no errors, while Lapeer had two errors.


North Branch’s Olivia Sweeney makes the play at first against Imlay City during the district semifinal on June 2. 
Photo by Joe Crawford North Branch’s Olivia Sweeney makes the play at first against Imlay City during the district semifinal on June 2. Photo by Joe Crawford Ellie Greene was in the circle to swallow the loss. Greene fanned six while giving up seven hits, four runs, three earned runs and two walks. Maggie Wilkison had one hit and drove in Lapeer’s two runs. Hannah Erla had two hits and a run. Leah Ruddock added one hit and Lindsey Shires walked and scored once.

Bay City Western had defeated Swartz Creek 7-3 in nine innings before advancing to the championship game. Alpena moved on to state quarterfinals at Central Michigan University where it played Caledonia.

Lapeer ended the season at 27-9. — K.R.


Almont’s Nick Wilson stands tall at the plate against Capac in their meeting on April 24. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Almont’s Nick Wilson stands tall at the plate against Capac in their meeting on April 24. Photo by Austin VanDaele DIV. 2 AT DETROIT COUNTRY DAY

The North Branch softball team fell 11-5 against Richmond in the Div. 2 regional final at Detroit Country Day on Saturday.

Richmond grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back, extending its lead to 6-0 by the third. North Branch finally got on the board in the fifth with three runs, but Richmond responded with another five runs in the bottom of the fifth. The Broncos drove in two runs in the sixth.

Richmond had just two errors on the game while North Branch had five. Richmond also out-hit North Branch 12-8.

Maeson Schlaud swallowed the loss in the circle, pitching all six innings. Schlaud struck out three and surrendered 12 hits, 11 runs, three earned runs and a walk. Offensively, Lily Ragatz and Olivia Sweeney each had two hits and an RBI. Reese Ruhlman drove in two runs and had one hit. Autumn Deshetsky added a pair of hits and Schlaud had one.


Dryden’s Jared Czape watches his pitch sail to homeplate. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Dryden’s Jared Czape watches his pitch sail to homeplate. Photo by Austin VanDaele The Broncos edged out Detroit Country Day 4-3 in the regional semifinal earlier in the day to secure their spot in the championship game.

North Branch took a 1-0 lead in the first and added another run in the second. Detroit Country Day drove in a pair of runs in the bottom of the second to even the game at 2-2. The Broncos then added their final two runs in the third while Detroit Country Day added one in bottom of the inning. Both teams remained scoreless for the final four innings.

Both teams racked up five hits on the game. Detroit Country Day committed five errors while North Branch had three.

Schlaud fanned 10 and allowed five hits, three runs, one earned run and four walks on the game. Ruhlman led from the plate with two hits, an RBI and a run. Bri DeMeyers, Schlaud and Ragatz added a hit each. Claire Lyons also had an RBI.


Mayville’s Rachel Cummings strokes a hit during the district playoffs. 
Photo by Kevin Gregory Mayville’s Rachel Cummings strokes a hit during the district playoffs. Photo by Kevin Gregory Richmond moved on to the state quarterfinals at Novi where it played Dearborn Divine Child. North Branch finished the season at 28-13 overall. — K.R.

DIV. 4 AT KINGSTON

Mayville lost to Unionville Sebewaing Area (USA) 15-0 in a three-inning mercy-ruled game in the regional semifinals Saturday.

USA scored three runs in the first inning and blew the game wide open with 12 in the second.

“We lost to a very good team who will probably challenge for a state title,” said Mayville coach Mark Cooper. “Things were going fine until the second inning - we had two outs, wheels fell off, USA scored 12 runs on nine errors - just couldn’t pull ourselves back together. One game won’t define the fine season we had.”

Ubly took out Whittemore- Prescott 5-3 in the other semi. USA took the title after beating Ubly 10-2. — L.P.

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