Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Bellaire 8
Central Lake 0
Mackenzie Verellan threw a one-hitter, while striking out 14, as Bellaire won a Division 4 softball district title with an 8-0 win over Ski Valley Conference rival Central Lake on Tuesday.
Verellan helped out her cause with a double among two hits and an RBI. Katie Thornton chipped in with two hits, Michaela Watson added a two-run hit, and Madelyn Balon and Amber Tipton each came through with RBI hits.
Central Lake’s Haley Bearden was the only Trojan to collect a hit off Verellan, singling in the third inning.
Alexis Carpenter took the loss, allowing seven hits, walking four and striking out seven. The Trojans finish the year at 13-11.
Bellaire (11-14) broke open the game with three runs in the fourth, making it 4-0, and added three more in the fifth. The Eagles open regional action on Saturday against Suttons Bay at Glen Lake.
TC St. Francis 5
Bailey Johnson got the pitching win and also contributed two hits and two RBIs as TC St. Francis got past Mesick 5-3.
Johnson allowed two runs, five hits and struck out five before Gabby Morgan came on and got the save in relief.
Haley Bussell had a hit and an RBI for the Gladiators, who are scheduled to host Frankfort today.
Bellaire left two runners in scoring position in the seventh inning as Mancelona hung on for a 6-4 victory over the Eagles in a Division 4 baseball district final at Central Lake.
The Ironmen never trailed, but got all they could handle from the Eagles, who battled back from a 5-1 fourth-inning deficit after scoring two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth. Bellaire had runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh, but Logan Borst threw out a runner at first on a grounder to short to end the game.
Borst went 3-for-4 with a run scored, two RBIs and three stolen bases for Mancelona (17-5). Griffin Borst added a hit and two RBIs.
Kyle Schepperley went the distance to pick up the win. He fanned five, walked three and allowed eight hits.
Mancelona moves on to Saturday’s regional where it will meet host Glen Lake.
— Compiled by Chris Dobrowolski