Sports round-up 4.23

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE SOFTBALL—After dishing it out heavy to the Toledo Cardinal Stritch JV team, Fayette’s softball squad ran into its own problems Thursday at Pettisville.

Danni Wyse picked up a no-hitter win on the mound when the Cardinals visited April 15. She struck out six in the 20-3 blow-out, while walking six and hitting one batter.

Things really fell apart for the Cardinals in the bottom of the second inning when Fayette brought 17 runners home.

Some Fayette batters came to the plate three times that inning as the Eagles came through with six hits and five walks. Stritch fielders committed five errors.

Trisha Bates batted three for three and Wyse went two for four, with a stolen base. Katie Borer finished with a pair of steals.

Fayette made just two errors.

Despite the lop-sided score, Eagle coach Sheila Killam said the contest was a good learning experience for her young squad.

Fayette hung close to Pettisville for five and a half innings Thursday in a BBC contest, but the game got away from them in the bottom of the sixth when the Blackbirds put seven runs on the scoreboard.


MORENCI BASEBALL—Morenci’s baseball season came to an abrupt halt after just two outings as injuries and ineligibilities resulted in a shortage of players.

After a 15-0 loss to Sand Creek at home Wednesday, the Bulldogs forfeited a pair of games but are expected to be back in action today when Whitmore Lake visits. Morenci should have 11 players in the lineup.

Sand Creek claimed a mercy-shortened five-inning win Wednesday after jumping to a 6-0 lead in the first inning. The Bulldogs ended up trying four pitchers in the first four innings of the contest.

Senior Anthony Barron started it off, but control problems took him off the mound. The first Aggie up slammed a double and the next three batters were hit by pitches.

Barron traded places with catcher Devin Martinez, but four runs scored on a walk and two base hits. Steven Pontious made a double play at second before one additional runner came home.

Two walks, a base hit, a fielder’s choice and an error put the Aggies up 11-0 after two innings.…


MORENCI SOFTBALL—Morenci needed nine innings to get the job accomplished, but they came back from Whiteford Monday with a 6-2 softball victory.

Bulldog coach Kay Johnson knows there are tougher challenges ahead, but she’s always pleased to come through with a win against Whiteford.

The Bobcats have an uncharacteristically weak 2-8 record, but Johnson says that losses have come from battles with quality Div. I teams.

Morenci (4-0) had all it could handle through eight innings with its first contest of the season against a pitcher adept at changing speeds and using a drop ball.

Whiteford took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Morenci tied the contest with two outs in the seventh.

Rachael Rutkowski got on base with a single and Jade Pfund was safe on an error. After a strikeout and a fielder’s choice, it looked as though Morenci might strand runners on second and third before Tess Ramsey came up to bat and smacked the first pitch for a two-RBI double.

Neither team got anything in the eighth inning, but three extra-base hits in the ninth put it away for Morenci.

Pfund and Nicolette Swimmer pounded doubles, Salena Martinez was safe on an error, then Ramsey belted a triple to drive two runners home. Ramsey scored on a ground out.

Morenci played a mercy-shortened 10-0 game Friday at Madison.


MORENCI SOCCER—Morenci’s soccer club stands at 1-1-1 after the first three games of the 2008 season. The squad plays in the Southeast Michigan Soccer Association.

Morenci tied Milan 2-2, lost to the Adrian Area Football Club 4-1 and picked up its first victory Friday, a 4-2 win against the Adrian Football Club (AFC). The AFC is made up of Lenawee Christian School players who field a spring team for off-season training, said Morenci coach Pete Fallot.

This marks Morenci’s third year of competition in the league. Home games are played at Adrian’s Heritage Park and the next contest of the seven-game schedule is planned May 10.

The team competes in the 14 to 18-year-old boys division, although two girls are on the team. SEMSA rules allow girls on a boys team, but boys are not allowed on the girls team.

Team members are Kelby Allen, Brady Canfield, Josiah Fallot, Cedric Kutzley, Dillon Kunkle, Adam Ries, Andrew Roddy, Derek Gabler, Kyle White, Jacob Bovee, Lucas Johnson, Nicholas Merillat, Tricia Black, Leslie Montijo, Fausto Godinez and Brett Bovee.

 

  • Front.bridge Cross
    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
  • Front.bridge.17
    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
  • Front.eclipse
    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
  • Front.rest
    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Front.batter

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2017