The Climax-Scotts baseball team saw its season come to a disappointing end with a 6-1 loss to Kalamazoo Christian in the first round of Division 4 MHSAA district play on Tuesday.
Climax-Scotts is ranked No. 4 in the final Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association rankings and finished its season with an impressive 24-2 record, but the Panthers’ early departure from the state tournament still leaves a sour taste in their mouths.
Starting pitcher Logan Simmons was a perfect 10-0 on the season before Tuesday’s contest, but five unearned runs on three Climax-Scotts’ errors combined with a lack of run support was the formula to hand Simmons his first loss of the season.
The Panthers had four hits in the game. Kirk Gibson had two hits and Ethan Vosburg and Brandon Haynes each had one.
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(At) Marshall 7, Jackson Northwest 1: Collin Neal earned the complete-game victory for Marshall, tossing five strikeouts. At the plate for the Redhawks, Chase Bennett was 4-for-4 with a double, Ben Walton was 2-for-3 wit ha double and an RBI, and Dan Welke and Josh Devore each had a hit and an RBI. The Redhawks (17-12) will face host Pennfield 10 a.m. Saturday for the district semifinals.
Lakeview 10, Holt 8: Lakeview found itself in a a 7-2 hole after the second inning, but rallied for five runs in the final inning to keep its season alive. Paige Tobin’s two-out, two-RBI single in the top of the seventh gave the Spartans its 10-8 lead. Lakeview’s Brittney Kimball had a monster day a the plate with three hits, including a single, a double, a home run, three runs scored and four RBIs. Kayla Knight also had three hits for the Spartans (16-14) and Kelsey Calloway had two doubles. Kayla Calloway picked up the win on the mound, throwing 5 2/3 innings of relief work.
Centreville 4, Union City 2: Union City’s Riley Smith had a triple and Marissa Mead and Carley Dibert each had a hit and an RBI in the loss. Mead picked up a tough loss on the mound, giving up just one earned run through six inning of work.
Bronson 15, St. Philip 8: St. Philip’s Jon Niland went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the loss. Also for the Tigers, Zach Spiegla had two hits with two RBIs and Brendan Gausselin and Jon Sweeney each had two hits.
(At) Homer 6-11, East Jackson 2-5: Dylan Thomas was the Game 1 winner with 10 strikeouts and no walks. Brock Ridgeway had three hits with an RBI, Alex White had two doubles with an RBI and Preston Sherman had two hits with an RBI. In the Game 2 win, Kevin Butters got the win on the mound. Nate Sitkiewicz doubled, homered and had four RBIs and Butters helped his own cause with a single and two RBIs. (31-4).
Bellevue 12-14, (at) Tekonsha 0-4: In Game 1 of the makeup twinbill, Zach Webb got the win for Bellevue with six strikeouts over three innings. The Broncos’ Ethan Bloch had two hits including a double and an RBI, Cody Rauschenberger had a hit with two RBIs and Hunter Campbell had a hit and two RBIs. In Game 2, Garrett Waterbury earned the victory for Bellevue (10-13, 10-10 SCAA) with four strikeouts over four innings. At the plate for the Broncos, Webb had four hits with a triple and four RBIs, Jakob Hall had three hits with an RBI and three RBIs, Waterbury had two hits with a double and Landon Hess doubled.
(At) Harper Creek 8-3, Bronson 7-12: Bronson’s Kassidy Bystry had two hits with a triple and an RBI in the Game 1 loss. Lindsey Sikorski picked up the Game 2 win on the mound for the Vikings (30-4). Bronson’s Kinslea Blouin had a big game at the plate with four hits including a homer and five RBIs. Also for Bronson, Lauren Cary had two hits and three RBIs, Liz Baker had three hits with a double and an RBI and Grace Pyles had two hits.
Bellevue 5-6, (at) Tekonsha 3-1: In Game 1, Bellevue’s Kacee McPeters had seven strikeouts in her complete-game victory. Dawn Zeeyrp had three hits with two doubles and two RBIs and Alexi Knapper had two hits with six stolen bases in the Broncos’ win. in Game 2, Mcpeters had two hits with a double and Janelle Kuiper got the win on the mound with 10 strikouts for Bellevue (19-10, 13-3 SCAA).
Homer 12-12, East Jackson 1-13: Jaimie Dibble got the Game 1 win on the mound for Homer, striking out six in five innings of work. Mallori Konkle had two hits with a stolen base and an RBI in the win and Alexis Salow, Ashlyn Swafford and Mallory Ray each had two hits for the Trojans.Konkle had two hits for Homer in the Game 2 loss.