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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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