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.

 

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
  • Front.train
    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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