Sports Round-up 4.16

Written by David Green.

Fayette softball: With two out in the sixth inning, Fayette’s softball squad made its move to overcome a North Central lead and post a 5-3 BBC victory.

Neither team could get much going in the first three innings, but back-to-back errors in the fourth helped the visitors take a 3-0 lead.

Fayette scored its first run in the bottom of the fourth when Katie Borer reached base and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Brittany Seiler. Borer came home on a passed ball.

Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Eagles had two outs before coming up with three runs to take the lead. Trisha Bates was sent home from third on a wild pitch. Her slide knocked the ball out of the catcher’s glove for the go-ahead run and Katelyn Downing added one more for a 5-3 advantage.

North Central threatened in the top of the seventh, but Fayette’s defense held the visitors in check.

From the mound, Shenae Nuoffer stopped a ground ball and tossed to first for an out. A North Central batter smashed a triple between outfielders Downing and Borer, but that’s all the farther she got.

Bates fielded a ground ball near third and threw to first to end the contest.


Morenci softball:

The Bulldog softball team found a lot of offense in their season opener Monday at Addison, but don’t short the defense. Only two errors were committed during the double-header win.

Jade Pfund tossed a seven-hitter in the 9-4 opener. She walked three and struck out 11.

Morenci took an early lead when Tess Ramsey singled in the second inning and came home on a sacrifice bunt by Chanler McCaskey.

In the third, four runners scored on a double by Rachel Rutkowski, singles by Pfund and Ramsey and walks to Brooke Barrett, Nicolette Swimmer and Mariah Bovee. Ramsey’s base hit brought two runners home.

In the fourth, Barrett slammed a home run after Megan Cox got on base with a single. Pfund led off with a triple in the sixth inning and Swimmer followed with a triple.

Ramsey had a third base hit in the seventh and scored on Cox’s sacrifice.

Swimmer went to the mound in the second contest—an 18-6 five-inning game. She struck out seven, walked seven and hit two batters.

Swimmer had a shaky start when she walked the first two batters, gave up a triple, hit a batter and walked another. Then came three straight strikeouts and the Bulldogs were on their way.

In Morenci’s first at-bat, Barrett and Pfund both tripled and Swimmer doubled. Ramsey and Meghan Smith both had base hits.

Ramsey drove in two runs in the second inning and Bovee came through with an RBI-double in the third. In the seven-run fourth inning, Salena Martinez, Ramsey and Smith each hit doubles and Pfund had a base hit. Pfund and Swimmer each belted doubles in the fifth.

Coach Kay Johnson called the outing a positive experience for the start of the season, but she knows there are much tougher games ahead.


Morenci baseball
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Morenci’s young baseball team looked a little shaky at first when it finally opened the season Monday at Addison, but that didn’t last for long.

The Bulldogs dropped both games of a double-header, but they offered the Panthers a competitive contest. Addison took the opener 11-7 and the night-cap 5-2.

“Overall we settled down and played really well,” coach Roger Pontious said. “I saw a lot of good things from young players.”

It was a veteran player who got the Bulldogs off to a start in the opening inning. Senior Anthony Barron got his final season going with a base hit. He stole second base and moved to third on a sacrifice by Steven Pontious. He came home on a single by Devin Martinez.

Nick Wilson drew a walk and Martinez scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Isaac Jeffers.

So far, so good, but then the early season jitters set in. The Panthers used four errors to score four runs and take the lead.

Morenci added no runs in the second inning, but a series of walks led to four more runs for Addison.

Morenci tightened the score to 8-4 with a pair of runs in the third inning. Pontious relieved Barron in the third inning and gave up three runs for the remainder of the contest.

The Bulldogs added three more runs for the final 11-7 score.

Barron, Wilson and Brett Bovee each finished the game with a hit. Pontious and Martinez each notched a pair.

Barron belted three of the Bulldogs’ four hits for the 5-2 loss in the second game. Cody Long had the other hit.

Martinez threw three innings of the five-inning second game and Wilson tossed the other two. Three errors and three walks aided the Panthers’ scoring.

“For the first two games of the season, I was happy with the way we stuck together and didn’t let down,” Coach Pontious said.


Morenci track:

It was a sweet ending for Morenci’s girls track team April 8 at Pittsford.

Trailing by 20 points with only three events remaining, the Bulldogs swept two events, then won the final relay to edge the Wildcats 70-67.

Morenci trailed by nine points after the field events and didn’t lose much ground on the track until the 800-meter run gave Pittsford its 20-point lead.

But in the 200-meter dash, the Bulldogs went one-two-three with Hayli Cox, Kathleen Barron and Tequoia Jarrell, then repeated that outcome in the 3200-meter run with Chelsea Howard, Candi Evers and Leslie Montijo to trail by two points.

In the 1600-meter relay, Barron was joined by Phoenix Duncan, Kate Gallup and Tricia Black for the final victory.

Gallup also won both hurdle events and was a member of the winning 400-meter relay, along with Barron, Cox and Jarrell. Duncan was also a winner in the high jump.

Coach Brad Brown cited five events with notable times and distances for the opening meet of the season.

Nichole Elarton opened with a 90-5 toss in the discuss and Duncan cleared 4-8 in the high jump.

Gallup’s hurdle times were both strong (:18.5 and :55.2), Brown said, and he was pleased with the 1600-meter relay at 4:41.

Boys

Morenci’s boys won 12 of 17 events, but Pittsford came through with a lot of seconds and thirds, plus sweeping the pole vault, to keep the scoring fairly close, 77-60.

With Morenci not competing in the pole vault, the Wildcats led 26-19 after field events and stretched the lead to 11 points after the 110-meter hurdles. Then the Bulldogs came on strong to win.

Alex Burton won both hurdle events, Lucas Johnson took both throwing events and Zach Phillips won the high jump and 1600-meter run.

Coach Brown said Phillips’s 4:56 in the 1600-meter run was very good for the season opener and he was also pleased with Lucas Johnson’s effort in the discus (126-9), Chas Frey’s 100-meter dash (:11.7) and Justin Swett’s 200-meter dash (:24.0).

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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