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.

 

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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
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