EAST JORDAN — Kalkaska opened its softball season Thursday with a pair of shutout wins over Lake Michigan Conference rival East Jordan, 9-0 and 5-0.
Ellie Barber threw a no-hitter in the first game, striking out six. In the second game Megan Myas allowed two hits and struck out four.
Jessie Plude had three hits and an RBI for Kalkaska in the opener. Taylor Birgy added two hits and scored three runs, while Kelli Guy had a hit and two RBIs. Freshman Amber Zimmerman collected her first career hit.
Guy had two more hits and scored three runs in the second game. Olivia Koons doubled and had two RBIs, Plude drove in a run and Jaycee Helsel doubled.
The Blazers host St. Francis on Tuesday.
Benzie Central 7 15
Ludington 8 0
Caroline Worden threw a no-hitter in Benzie Central’s 15-0 win over Ludington in the second game of a softball doubleheader on Thursday. In the first game Ludington pulled out an 8-7 win in seven innings.
Worden struck out four in the three-inning mercy. At the plate, Missy Sass went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Charlotte Warsecke added two hits and two RBIs and Mariah Hansen added a hit and an RBI.
In the first game Benzie (2-4) battled back to tie the game in the fifth inning and again in the sixth to force extra innings, then watched the Orioles win it one inning later.
Shannon Murray had a double among two hits with three RBIs and Dani Gomuliuski had a hit and two RBIs.
LL St. Mary 3 19
TC Christian 0 3
Megan Popp came one out from throwing a no-hitter as Lake Leelanau St. Mary defeated Traverse City Christian 3-0 in the first game of a softball doubleheader. In the second game the Eagles routed the Sabres 19-3.
Popp, who fanned 10 and walked two, didn’t give up a hit until there were two out in the sixth inning.
Marta Herman led the Eagles offensively in the first game, going 2-for-3.
Mary Rexroat walked four times and scored four runs in the second game. She also got the win in the pitchers’ circle, striking out five and walking four. Popp went 2-for-3, while Maeve Alflen had four RBIs and Abby Thon had three RBIs.
The Eagles (4-0) host Bear Lake today.
Bear Lake 22 17
BR Crossroads 0 2
Emily Ferguson threw a no-hitter and struck out seven in Bear Lake’s 22-0 win over Big Rapids Crossroads in a three-inning opener of a softball doubleheader.
Ferguson helped her own cause with a double and three RBIs. Brianne Bowling hit two inside-the-park home runs and drove in three runs. Allison Fink added a homer among two hits and drove in four runs.
Bowling added another inside-the-park homer among two hits in the second game and had an RBI. Kaitlin Adams slugged a double among two hits and two RBIs and McKenna Fink had two doubles and five RBIs.
Katie Millard was the winning pitcher, striking out five in four innings.
Bear Lake (3-1) travels to Lake Leelanau St. Mary today.
Benzie Central 13 13
Ludington 10 5
Nick MacGirr’s three hits and three RBIs led Benzie Central to a 13-10 win over Ludington in the first of two baseball games.
Joel Ledford drove in two runs for the Huskies (4-0). Austin Ross contributed two hits. Jackson Ledford earned the win in relief.
MacGirr had two hits, including a two-run homer, to spark the Huskies to a 13-5 win in the nightcap. He finished with three RBIs. Joel Ledford also drove in three runs. He had two hits as did Jackson Ledford.
TC Christian 1 0
LL St. Mary’s 1 7
TC Christian outhit Lake Leelanau St. Mary but the Eagles came away with a 7-0 baseball victory in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday.
The Sabres (0-3-1) collected five hits to St. Mary’s three, but Christian couldn’t drive runners home.
John VanRaalte was the winning pitcher, striking out four in a complete game performance. Leif Mohrman had two hits for the Eagles.
The first game was a seven-inning pitchers’ duel between Cam Beemer of Christian and Jack Garthe of St. Mary. Both went the distance, with Beemer allowing three hits and striking out six. Garthe allowed six hits and fanned six.
Will Andre had a double and a triple among three hits and scored Christian’s run. Jonathan Wilhelm added a double among two hits for the Sabres.
Suttons Bay, GTA
win at McBain NMC
Carter Hanson won the 100 (11.2), 200 (23.40), 400 (53.77) and long jump (19’5.25”) to lead the Suttons Bay boys to victory in a meet at McBain Northern Michigan Christian.
The Norsemen finished with 144 points. Grand Traverse Academy was second with 79.
Guy Beachnau captured the high jump (5’6”) and was second in the 110 hurdles (16.78) for Suttons Bay. Ken Pease was second in the 400 (54.75) and 800 (2:12.34) teamed with Alex Craft, Shane Francis and Sam Wynsma to take second (9:45) in the 3200 relay.
Chase Pattison added a second in the discus (114’8”0).
Jeremy Richards had two first-place finishes and Forest Area’s boys 400-meter relay team took first to lead the Warriors to a third-place finish.
Richards won the 110 hurdles (16.5) and was first in the discus (118-feet, 5-inches). The Warriors’ winning relay was comprised of Hayden Hollister, Eric Keiser, Deion Burke and Paul Korn with a time of 48.73. Korn also posted a second place leap of 5-feet, 4-inches, while Hollister was second in the long jump (17-feet, 9-inches).
The Warriors were three points out of second place.
Grand Traverse Academy won the girls meet with 117 points. Suttons Bay placed second with 108.
Abby Fifarek captured the 1600 and finished second in the 800 for the Mustangs. Erin Werth claimed the high jump (4’10”) and was third in the two hurdles events. She was also on the victorious 400 relay.
For Suttons Bay, Madeline Hall won the 100 hurdles (17.84) and took second in the 300 hurdles (53.35) and shot put (29’2”). Lydia Patterson captured the discus (88’1”) and Evelein Dierckx the pole vault (7’6”). Dierckx, Hall, Madi Freeman and Danielle Merwin were second in the 1600 relay (4:45.5).
The Forest Area girls were sixth out of eight teams. The Warriors’ top performers were Heather Jacques, who was second in the 3,200 (13:44), and Tabitha Cecil, who was fourth in the high jump (4’0).
Justin Prange and Richard Durecki won two events apiece as Kingsley captured a Northwest Conference boys triangular Wednesday night.
The Stags finished with 73 points, Glen Lake 65 and Suttons Bay 37.
For Kingsley, Prange took the 400 (56.35) and 3200 (11:31) while Durecki won the 800 (2:31) and 1600 (5:34).
Connor Fitzpatrick claimed the 300 hurdles (46.70), Tristan Eickenroth the shot put (47’6”), Adam Arroyo the discus (115’9”) and Brandon Seitz the pole vault (11’) for the Stags.
For Glen Lake, Carter Lee won the high jump (6’) and Spencer Query the 200 (24.49). The Lakers also claimed the 1600 relay (3:54) and 800 relay (1:38).
For Suttons Bay, Carter Hanson won the 100 (11.31) and long jump (19’4”), and Guy Beachnau the 110 hurdles (16.59). The Norsemen also took the 3200 relay (9:14).
Kingsley won the girls meet with 75.5 points. Glen Lake was second with 59.5 and Suttons Bay third with 22.
Molly Franke was a double-winner for Kingsley, claiming the shot put (33’2”) and discus (98’5”). Also victorious: Sarah Lueck in the 100 hurdles (16.4), Katie Garey in the 100 (14.1), Andrea Lee in the 800 (2:39) and Kelsey Graham in the long jump (15’5”). Kingsley captured the 400 relay (56.0) and 1600 relay (4:33).
Katie Stowe was first in the 200 (29.7) and 400 (64.32) for Glen Lake. Kaitlin Grigg captured the 1600 (5:57), Kelsey Grigg the 3200 (13:44) and Amanda Lodge the pole vault (7’). The Lakers took the 3200 relay (11:33).
Suttons Bay’s Madeline Hall won the 300 hurdles (55.24). The Norse also took the 800 relay (2:10).
TC Christian 3
Charlevoix edged Traverse City Christian 5-2 in a dual at Charlevoix.
Victorious for Christian: Emily Peterson at No. 4 singles (2-6, 6-3, 10-8), Amanda Ufer and Katy Mannes at No. 1 doubles (7-5, 7-6) and Jen and Margaret Postaychuk at No. 4 doubles (6-0, 6-0).
TC Central 5
Midi Battle and Jalyna Cisneros each had two goals and three points as Traverse City Central was able to get back to .500 with a 5-0 shutout of Big North Conference foe Alpena.
Sophie Lutz had a goal and an assist, and Grace Stanton picked up an assist. Katie Wheeler notched the win in net, while the defense was led by Cassidy Klein, Delaney Gartland and Katie Cooney.
The Trojans (4-4, 2-1 BNC) host Midland Dow on Saturday.
In the junior varsity contest, Juliana Chang had four goals and an assist, while Greta Groothius and Sierra Fraser each had a goal and an assist, Jennifer Rose scored a goal and Megan Puckett and Shannon Schroeder each drew assists. Carrie Wynkoop and Maitland Adams split time in net for Central (1-3).
TC West 9
Ogemaw Heights 0
Six different players found the back of the net, including Jess Kalbfleisch, who had three goals, as Traverse City West routed Ogemaw Heights 9-0 in a Big North girls soccer game on Thursday that was called at the half because of the mercy rule.
The Titans (5-1-1, 3-0 Big North) also had two goals from Jayna Brunetti and single goals from Kiley Kreple, Mikaela Ray, Jordan Balhorn and Grace Earl. Mikenna Ray and Krupel had a pair of assists each, while Kalbfleisch, Earl, Erica Whiting and Madison Jenner also assisted.
Maggie Troost made one save in net for the Titans, who host Gaylord on Tuesday.
In the junior varsity action, West topped the Leland varsity 3-2. Mary-Kate Rose, Ellie Taplin and Nora Malmberg scored goals, while Kari Cannon assisted two of those and Rose also had an assist.
Kaylie Camp was goal for the victory that improves the Titans’ record to 5-1-1.
TC West JV 3
Nora Malmberg’s goal with six minutes remaining was the difference in a 3-2 win for the TC West JV over Leland on Thursday.
Emily Walton and Mary Kate Rose also netted goals for the Titans.
Libby Munoz had both of Leland’s scores.
Brittany Sanderson made eight saves for West. Andrea Hunt made 10 saves for the Comets (3-2), who are at Kingsley on Monday.
Hannah Haven’s hat trick led Grayling to a 5-0 Lake Michigan Conference victory over Kalkaska.
Haley Whittaker and Colbie Wakeley also added goals, while Laura Simpson notched the shutout in goal.
East Jordan 0
Charlevoix scored all five of its goals in the second half in a 5-0 Lake Michigan Conference win over East Jordan.
The Rayders had goals from Kelsey Engstrom, Hannah Herboldsheimer, Anna Way, Katie Kiteley and Devon Bottomley. Bottomley’s goal was the first of her high school career. Kaitlin Hinkley had two assists and Kiteley and Bottomley one. Goalkeepers Gloria Greene and keeper Bailee Stevens shared the shutout.
The Red Devils kept the game close, but lost two starters to injury late in the first half and three more in the second half.
TC Crusaders 15
Dan Wilson and Jay Jones each recorded five goals as the TC Crusaders downed Cadillac 15-7 on Thursday.
Ben Colburn added two goals for the Crusaders, while Joe Trucco, Max Casler and Chase Richmond also scored.
Nick Buday made 17 saves in goal for the Crusaders (2-1).