Sports roundup 5.7

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE SOFTBALL: Fayette’s softball girls added one league victory and one non-conference win to its season tally last week.

Mara Raker drove home a run in the first and third innings Thursday at North Central to put Fayette on top 2-1 four innings.

The Eagles padded their lead in the fifth when Rachel Seiler led off with a double, Shenae Nuoffer walked, and Raker singled to notch two more RBIs.

In the seventh, Katie Borer walked and advanced on another base hit by Raker. With two outs, Tricia Bates reached first on an error to drive in both runners.

North Central added two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but that was all they got as Fayette went home with a 6-4 win.

Nuoffer struck out seven batters, walked two and gave up six hits.

Saturday at Waldron, three costly errors led to three runs in the fifth inning and helped give the Spartans a 5-1 victory.

Fayette’s only run scored on a double by Raker.

Rachel Seiler took the loss despite giving up only two walks and three hits. She fanned six.

In the second game, Nuoffer allowed six hits, but came through with a 4-1 win. She struck out three and walked none.

Borer scored in the first inning on a base hit by Danni Wyse. Three runners came home in the fourth inning on walks to Rachel and Brittany Seiler and base hits by Nuoffer, Leah Brinegar and Borer.

An error-filled game gave Pettisville a 7-3 advantage Monday on Fayette’s diamond.

Nuoffer pitched the first three and a half innings and was pounded for seven hits, including four for extra bases. Rachel Seiler came in for relief and gave her best showing of the season, said coach Sheila Killam. She struck out three and allow no hits.

Bates had an RBI single in the third inning and Rachel Seiler drove in a pair with a triple in the fourth. Katie Downing and Brinegar each finished with a pair of base hits.

FAYETTE TRACK: Fayette’s track teams may be small in number, but the Eagles came close to claiming wins against Antwerp April 29. The boys squad fell three points short of the Archers and the girls finished down by 10. Edon was the overall winner.

On Monday, however, Fayette’s boys did come through with a victory against Ottawa Hills, 62.5-58.5.

Season-best efforts were recorded last week by Eliott Richardson in the shot put (39-9.5), Dakota Shay in the 100-meter dash (:12.22) and Nicole Shaffer in the 300-meter hurdles (:54.8).

The boys 3200-meter relay improved its season mark to 9:04 and the girls cut their 1600-meter time to 5:03.

Friday at the Hilltops Relays, Shaffer and Elisha Hartman combined efforts to place first in the long jump relay. Third-place finishes were earned by the sprint/distance medley relay team (Shaffer, Hartman, Kessler and Schrock) and by the same four running in the sprint medley.

Two boys’ teams finished second: the 3200 relay (Keefer, Colegrove, Hookstadt and Stoltzfus) and the sprint/distance medley team (Shay, Hylander, Curry and Franks).

Third place spots went to the high jump team (Hylander and Curry), long jump team (Franks and Hookstadt), distance medley team (Colegrove, Fykse, Keefer and Stoltzfus) and 400 relay (Shay, Hylander, Curry and Franks).

MORENCI TRACK: Morenci boys and girls track teams both swept a double dual meet Thursday against Clinton and Lenawee Christian School.

Morenci’s boys downed Clinton 93-59 and LCS 82-46. The girls won 88-64 and 75-50.

Alex Burton topped competitors from both schools in the 110-meter hurdles (:16.8) and 300-meter hurdles (:45.9). That was a career-best time for Burton in the 110s.

Chas Frey finished on top in the 100-meter dash (:11.4) and Justin Swett took the 200-meter dash (:24.2).

Winning relay teams were the 800-meter (Piercy, Swett, Grieder and Frey) at 1:39.1, the 400-meter team (Correa, Graham, Frey and Swett) at :54.2 and the 1600-meter team (Swett, Phillips, Roller and Frey) at 3:43.

For the girls, Kate Gallup defeated all competitors in the 100-meter hurdles (:17.4) and the 300-meter hurdles (:51.9), and Leslie Montijo won the 3200-meter run (13:50).

The Bulldogs’ 1600-meter relay team was best at 4:40.

Nicole Elarton wasn’t a winner, but she delivered her best discus toss ever at 97-4.

Saturday at the Hudson Relays, Morenci’s 1600-meter relay team (Swett, Phillips, Roller and Fry) placed first at 3:42.

Second-place finishes went to four relay teams: Lucas Johnson, Tom McVay and Nick Erbskorn in the discus; Johnson, Brandon Correa and Sam Majchrowski in the shot put; Trey Tompkins, Zach Phillips, Micah Gillen and Jeffrey Nofziger in the four-mile relay; and the shuttle hurdle team of Dustin Roller, Zach Piercy, Correa and Burton.

Fry ran his top 400-meter dash time of the season at :53.6.

For the girls, the high jump team of Phoenix Duncan, Tricia Black and Liz Gautz placed first, along with shuttle hurdle team of Black, Gautz, Tequoia Jarrell and Gallup.

In the open 300-meter hurdle event, Gallup turned in her best of the season at :51.

MORENCI BASEBALL: Nothing like a good come-from-behind victory to make a team feel good.

That’s what the Bulldog baseball team came up with Thursday at North Central. A back-and-forth contest finally ended up in Morenci’s favor, 7-6.

“Now they know they can come from behind to win,” coach Roger Pontious said. “We’re getting stronger. We’ve finally got eight games under our belts.”

Some teams the Bulldogs have faced have already played 17 or 18 games, he said, but weather, ineligibilities and injuries have left Morenci short.

The Eagles opened with three runs in the first inning off Bulldog starter Nick Wilson. Morenci came back with two in the third on a lead-off single by Brett Bovee and doubles by Steven Pontious and Michael Snyder.

A sacrifice by Devin Martinez tied the game at 6-6 in the fifth inning, and Martinez provided the go-ahead run in the seventh. Snyder singled before Martinez drove the ball into right field.

North Central threatened in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases on a walk, an error and an intentional walk. Anthony Barron, who pitched the final three innings, fanned the final batter on three straight strikes.

Barron finished with seven strikeouts and Wilson had four. The Bulldogs committed only three errors.

SUMMERFIELD—Morenci led for a couple of innings at Summerfield April 29, but ended up on the short end, 11-7.

The game turned around quickly in the fourth inning on seven Summerfield runs.

Pontious and Barron split pitching duties. Pontious struck out the side in the second inning and finished with seven.

Cody Long finished with two RBIs and Bovee had one. Morenci batters came through with only five hits.

CLINTON—The Bulldogs trailed by only a run, 3-2, going into the sixth inning at Clinton, but the Redskins broke it open with four in the sixth.

Bovee and Wilson drove in Morenci’s two runs. Barron pitched the first four innings and then finished it off late in the game, relieving Cody Long.

MORENCI SOFTBALL: Spilts with Sand Creek, Clinton and Hudson; two out of three at the Whitmore Lake Invitational; it was one busy week of play for Morenci’s softball team, and the Bulldogs came through with some good results.

Monday at Sand Creek, Morenci scored some late runs to prevent a blowout in the opening game, losing 9-5, then came back to turn the tables in the second contest with an 11-5 win.

The Aggies scored four runs on a third inning grand slam and added five more in the fifth to go ahead 9-1. In the sixth, Brooke Barrett drove in a run on a base hit and two came home on Jade Pfund’s single.

The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead in the nightcap on singles by Tess Ramsey and Salena Martinez against a new Sand Creek pitcher, but the starter came back to the mound in the second inning as Morenci went on top 8-0.

Martinez knocked in another run in the fourth and Ramsey drove in her third and fourth RBIs of the game in the sixth.

INVITATIONAL—Morenci opened with a 13-3 five-inning game against Morrice in the Whitmore Lake tournament Saturday.

Eight consecutive hits led to an 11-run fifth inning. Pfund had a triple that inning and Nicolette Swimmer pounded a triple and a double.

The Bulldogs topped Dundee 4-2 in eight innings. A triple by Swimmer tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning and it stayed locked until the top of the eighth.

Pfund led off with a single followed by bunts from Swimmer and Martinez. Ramsey singled for two runs. Fourteen Morenci batters struck out.

Div. I Livonia Churchill dealt the Bulldogs an 11-2 loss. The game was tied 2-2 when Pfund turned over pitching duties to Swimmer, but seven fielding errors didn’t give her the support she needed.

Rachael Rutkowski and Swimmer each finished with two hits, including a triple from Swimmer.

CLINTON—Swimmer threw well enough to win at Clinton last week, coach Kay Johnson said, but errors led to a 9-0 first-inning lead for the Redskins.

Meghan Smith doubled in the game and Barrett singled as the Bulldog batters lost their confidence after the early deficit.

In a non-league second game, younger players got into the act. Morenci fell behind 9-1, but came roaring back to win 13-12.

Smith belted a home run. Tia and Chelsea Tompkins each smacked triples to the fence.

Barbara Hollstein started on the mound for Morenci and was relieved by Mariah Bovee.

SUMMERFIELD—Morenci faced number-one-ranked Summerfield’s drop ball pitcher April 29 and lost 9-0, but only three of those runs were earned. The Bulldogs committed eight infield errors.

Pfund gave up seven hits and struck out only two.

HUDSON—Morenci led Hudson 5-2 after four innings here Thursday, but settled for a 5-4 non-league win.

Smith drove three runners home with a double in the fourth inning.

The Tigers stayed with their starting pitcher in the second game while Swimmer threw for the Bulldogs. She gave up only three hits in the 9-5 loss, but Morenci had to put a rookie catcher behind the plate when Martinez had to leave the game due to illness.

Morenci knocked Hudson’s hurler for nine hits, including two singles and a triple by Barrett and a single and a triple by Swimmer. Smith doubled in the sixth.

MORENCI GOLF: Morenci’s golf team topped Blissfield Saturday in the Royals’ annual best ball tournament.

Bedford finished on top of the 12-team field with a score of 231. Morenci came through at 304, ahead of Blissfield with 314.

Dalton Townsend and Zack Brigman  teamed up to lead the Bulldogs with 95. Adam Barnett and Colin Walker joined for a 104, a stroke ahead of Gavin Vanderpool and Drew Tompkins at 105.

In a league outing Thursday, Morenci fell to Whitmore Lake 191-211.

Vanderpool was tops with a 50, followed by Townsend and Walker at 53 and Barnett at 55.

Vanderpool, Townsend and Walker each scored par on one hole.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    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.
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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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    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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    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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