Sports round-up 4.22.09

Written by David Green.

FAYETTE SOFTBALL: Fayette’s softball team got off to a shaky start Friday at Ottawa Hills—an injury during warmups that took a starter out of the lineup and the coach accompanying her to the hospital.

The Green Bears came through winning both ends of the non-league doubleheader, and both by a single run.

An error led Ottawa Hills to a 2-1 win in the opener and they followed with a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.

JeriAnn Lewellen suffered a head injury during warmups and ended up staying overnight in a hospital.

Fayette maintained a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth. With a runner on third and one out, a Green Bear batter popped out to second. but throw to third for a double play was high and runner scored.

Shenae Nuoffer took the loss on the mound.

The second game was tied 2-2 after five innings—both games were to be five inning affairs—and the home team won it in the bottom of the sixth.

With a runner on third, a batter knocked the ball between second and third for an RBI single and the win.

Danni Wyse pitched the second game.

PETTISVILLE—The Eagles were blanked 10-0 in seven innings by Pettisville in the BCC opener.

The Blackbirds were on top 3-0 after four innings, but a host of Fayette errors in the final three innings allowed Pettisville to pull away.

• Fayette is home Thursday against Hilltop and entertains Stryker on Friday in a makeup contest, with the Antwerp game canceled. Holgate visits Saturday for a doubleheader. Two starters will miss all four games due to a school club trip.


MORENCI BASEBALL: Morenci’s baseball team broke out of a scoreless beginning to post two victories, including a TCC win against Madison.

“That was a good confidence builder after getting hammered early on,” said Bulldog coach Roger Pontious. “It showed us we can win and that just builds confidence.”

Cody Long took the loss April 15 at Sand Creek in a 10-0 defeat. The Aggies got five hits off Long and one of them happened to be a grand slam home run.

Long notched his first victory at home Friday when Madison visited. The Bulldogs extended an 8-1 lead into a 16-5 win. He allowed one hit and struck out three in two and a third innings on the mound.

Nick Wilson finished off the game and gave up two earned runs on three hits.

Isaac Jeffers knocked in a pair of runs for the Bulldogs in the opening inning. Five runners scored in second inning amidst several walks and two hit batters. A sacrifice by Jeffers brought two more runners home.

Jeffers singled and Brett Bovee doubled in the six-run third inning. Simon and Isaac Jeffers both singled in the fourth, along with Anthony Tompkins. The Bulldogs left eight runners on base.

Maple Valley

Morenci added another win Saturday at the Maple Valley tournament when they clipped Sarnac 10-9.

A win didn’t look too likely after the Bulldogs allowed seven runs in the first inning, but they came back with eight of their own in the bottom of the inning.

Sarnac’s pitcher fanned five Bulldogs, but also issued 12 walks. Bovee threw final two innings for Morenci and claimed the win. He struck out two.

In the championship game of the four-team tourney, the Bulldogs dropped a 15-5 contest to Bellevue, with only two of the 15 runs earned. Passed balls led to several runs.

Joe Perez started for Morenci on the mound. He gave up one hit and seven walks on one and a third inning. John Gilbert put in an inning and a third. He walked two and allowed two hits.

Bovee finished it off, giving up five hits and five walks and striking out three.

Morenci (2-3, 1-1) returned home with a runner-up trophy.

• The Bulldogs travel to Whitmore Lake today and to Britton-Deerfield on Friday. Summerfield visits Monday.


MORENCI SOFTBALL: Morenci put the runners on base, but it was Adrian that scored a run—the only one needed Saturday to claim its own tournament by dropping Morenci 1-0.

The Maples put only two runners on base during the first six innings and two of their three hits came in the seventh, when an infield grounder brought in the winning run.

With Jade Pfund throwing her third and strongest game of the day, the Maple batters were practicing on a pitching machine during the contest to prepare for her throws.

She struck out six, walked one and gave up three hits.

Morenci put two runners on base in the first inning, two more on in the fourth and one in the sixth.

In the seventh, Mariah Bovee was safe on an error and advanced on a bunt by Tess Ramsey. Coach Kay Johnson sent her home when Matea Garcia singled to center, but Bovee was tagged out at the plate.

‘I wanted to take a chance and it was a really close play at the plate,” Coach Johnson said.

Pfund got a break earlier in the day when Hillsdale was dropped in five innings, 13-1, and Hudson fell in six, 11-1. In both of the early games, she gave up four hits to while striking out 11 and walking none.

Jacklyn Paris, Garcia, Chelsea Tompkins and Chanler McCaskey all singled in the second inning against Hillsdale. Nicolette Swimmer, Bovee, Ramsey, Garcia and Cox singled and Pfund slammed a double.

Swimmer drove in two runs with a double against Hudson. Tia Tompkins finished the Tigers off with her first hit of the season, a two-run single.

MADISON—Morenci broke open a TCC game against Madison here Friday with four runs in the fourth inning. The barrage included an inside-the-park homer by Pfund and a double by Bovee.

Pfund allowed three hits while walking one and fanning nine.

In a second non-league game, the starting pitchers tossed two innings. Barbara Hollstein came in for Morenci and claimed a 15-12 win.

The Bulldogs scored 10 runs in a wild third inning before Madison’s starter returned. Hollstein fanned three, walked nine and gave up seven hits.

SAND CREEK—Sand Creek was the team that just wouldn’t go away last Wednesday. Finally, the Bulldogs won the TCC opener 10-6 as both teams suffered from fielding errors.

“We hadn’t played for two weeks,” Coach Johnson said, “but I still expected more. We committed four errors and also made some poor judgments in base-running. We got away with one.”

Morenci’s first 11 batters never hit the ball out of the infield, but three runners finally crossed home in the fourth inning for a 3-1 lead. The Aggies came back to make it 4-3.

Morenci answered with three runs to lead 7-4 after six innings. The Aggies made it 7-6 and still had two runners on board with their top batter on deck.

Bovee turned to pursue a shallow hit into center-right and ended the inning with an over-the-shoulder catch.

Morenci added three more runs, including a two-run triple by Tia Tompkins.

• Morenci travels today to Whitmore Lake and to Britton-Deerfield on Friday. Summerfield visits Monday.

MORENCI TRACK: Morenci’s girls won all but five events Monday at Summerfield to win 76-48 while the boys took all but six and claimed a 76-61 win. The victories evened the league record at 1-1 for both Morenci squads.

Phoenix Duncan was a triple winner for the girls (high jump, 100, 200) and only an unusually short long jump kept her from capturing all four of her individual events.

Candi Evers finished with a pair of victories (800, 3200). Brittany Correa set a personal best when she won the shot put at 29-1.

In the boys competition, Zach Phillips was a three-time winner (800, 1600, 3200) while Dustin Roller (high jump, 300 hurdles) and Chas Frey (100, 200) each took two individual wins.

Both squads were overwhelmed Thursday at Sand Creek, with the boys losing 89-48 and the girls falling 95-43.

Phillips won the 800 and 1600 and Frey took both dashes. Duncan took the high jump, long jump and 200.

Pittsford Invitational

Lucas Johnson set a personal record in the shot put Saturday at the Crume Invitational in Pittsford, taking second place with a toss of 46-4. He placed fourth in the discus at 132-4.

Frey placed second in the 100-meter dash (:11.6) and in the 200-meter dash (:24.7). The 1600-meter relay team (Grieder, Phillips, Roller and Frey) earned a third at 3:45.

Other points were earned by Phillips in the 1600 (4th, 4:51); Nate Grieder in the 200 (6th, :25.9); the 800 relay (Grieder, Roller, Hoffman and Frey, 5th, 1:40.8); freshman relay (6th).

Morenci’s boys scored 42 points for seventh place.

Duncan was a double winner, taking the long jump at 15-2.5 and the high jump at 4-11. Nichole Elarton tossed the discus 91-10 for fifth place and the 1600 relay team (Barron, Duncan, Jarrell and Ragan) placed sixth.

The girls placed seventh with 23 points.

• The Bulldogs face Madison and Whitmore Lake Tuesday at Madison.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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