St. Philip and Battle Creek Central met on the diamond Monday to play some baseball and honor a beloved former coach and principal.
In the second annual “Play 4 May” Game, the Fighting Tigers came out on top by a score of 11-4 at Bailey Park’s C.O. Brown Stadium.
Ian Mullis was the winning pitcher for St. Philip, throwing five innings of hitless relief with six strikeouts.
At the plate for the Fighting Tigers, Brendan Gausselin was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs; Mullis helped his cause by going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored; Ben Swagler was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Evan Hanna had a hit and two RBIs.
The annual contest honors Tim May, who was the head baseball coach at Battle Creek Central for 13 seasons and later the St. Philip High School principal until his unexpected passing in November of 2014 at age 61.
(AT) MARSHALL 6, PENNFIELD 5: In a continuation of a previously postponed contest, Marshall’s Drew DeVine hit the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning and finished with two hits and two RBIs and was credited with the victory in two innings of shutout relief with five strikeouts. Also for the Redhawks, Trevor Greenwood was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI. Pennfield was led by Max Jackson and Jeremy Cook went 2-for-3 with a double apiece and Logan Saxton added a double.
(AT) MARSHALL 3, COLDWATER 1: Marshall’s Mason Griffith earned the win on the bump after 123 combined pitches in the continuation of a previously postponed game, allowing one run on six hits with seven strikeouts. At the plate for the Redhawks (17-6, 8-2 Interstate Eight), Jarrett Deland had a triple and an RBI and Kyle Veich had a suicide squeeze bunt for an RBI. Division 2 second-ranked Coldwater (17-4, 8-2 Interstate Eight) was led by Brendan Spangler with two hits, including a double.
HOMER 3-7, PITTSFORD 0-4: Division 4 eighth-ranked Homer was led by Jordan Willson in the Game 1 victory, allowing one hit over five innings with seven strikeouts. Brock Ridgeway, Willson and Kyle Klepper had a hit and an RBI apiece. In Game 2, Ridgeway picked up the win in relief, allowing one hit with four strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings. Offensively for the Trojans (20-4, 6-2 Big Eight), Ridgeway had a pair of hits, Willson doubled and Zach Butters had a hit and two RBIs.
(AT) BELLEVUE 10-11, JACKSON CHRISTIAN 2-2: In Game 1 for Bellevue, Garrett Waterbury earned the victory on the mound with four hitless innings that included six strikeouts. At the plate for the Broncos, Noah Briggs had a double and a triple with three RBIs; Douglas West had two hits and two RBIs; and Nathan Bessey had two RBIs. In Game 2, Bessey earned the win, allowing one run on four hits with three strikeouts over five innings. Offensively, Garrett Waterbury had three hits including a double and two RBIs; Bessey had three hits including a double and two RBIs; and Noah Briggs had two hits including a double and an RBI.
COLDWATER (AT) TRENTON INVITE (SAT.): Coldwater went 2-1 on the day, defeating Flat Rock (13-6) and Trenton (6-4) with a loss to Woodhaven (5-4). Cameron Barnes earned the win over Flat Rock, allowing two hits with three strikeouts over three shutout innings. Brandon Lewis was credited with the victory over Trenton with two innings of hitless relief and two strikeouts. The Cardinals were led on the day offensively by Austin Krzeminski who was 6-for-10 with two doubles, a home run and eight RBIs; Collin Torrey was 4-for-9 with a double, a home run and an RBI; and Brayton Rzepka was 3-for-9 with four RBIs.
OLIVET 9-11, PORTLAND ST. PATRICK 2-0 (FRI.): In Game 1, Olivet’s Jaclyn Groves allowed two runs on five hits with two strikeouts to get the complete-game victory. At the plate for the Eagles, Jordan Richmond had two triples and Brenna Madry had two hits including a home run. In Game 2, Shawna Morton earned the complete-game shutout for Olivet, allowing six hits with four strikeouts. Kara Mott and Molly Wheeler each had doubles for the Eales (14-6).
BRONSON (AT) NORTHVIEW INVITE (SAT.): Bronson went 2-2, defeating Lowell (8-4) and Jenison (4-3) and falling to Unity Christian (4-3) and host Northview (6-3). Allie Sikorski earned the win over Lowell with three strikeouts while allowing two earned runs on eight hits over seven innings. Adyson Lasky picked up the victory over Jenison, allowing three earned runs on seven hits, with three strikeouts. On the day offensively for Bronson, Kelsey Robinson had six hits; Kiera Lasky had five hits including a double and Sikorski had four hits including a triple.
COLDWATER (AT) LESLIE INVITE (SAT.): The Cardinals won the tournament, defeating Onsted (11-1) and Charlotte (8-1). Darlene Horn earned the win over Onsted and helped her cause with three hits while Jamie Wellet added two hits. Tyler Scheidler got the win over Charlotte. At the plate for the Cardinals (19-4), Kendall Galloway and Jamie Wellet had three hits apiece; Payton Watson had two hits including a double and Isabelle Foley had two hits.
UNION CITY (AT) GOBLES INVITE (SAT.): Union City went 1-1, defeating Marcellus in three innings (15-0) and losing to Paw Paw in five innings (12-0). Allison Adams earned the win over Marcellus, allowing five hits with two strikeouts The Chargers’ offense was led by Haley Harty with three hits including a double and four RBIs; Haley Rivard had two doubles and two RBIs; Emma Elgan had three hits including a double and two RBIs; and Skyler Herman had a hit and two RBIs.
COLON (AT) BURR OAK TOURNAMENT (SAT.): Colon went 1-1, defeating Burr Oak (13-1) and losing to Cassopolis (12-1). In the win over Burr Oak, Madison Miller earned the victory over Burr Oak in five innings, allowong one run on four hits with eight strikeouts. At the plate for the Magi, Marissa Taylor had a hit and two RBIs; and Miller and Brooke Hinkley had two hits and an RBI apiece. Maddie Fisher had the lone RBI in the loss to Cassopolis.
BIRMINGHAM SEAHOLM INVITE: Division 1 seventh-ranked Lakeview placed fourth with a team score of 310. Andrew Walker led the Spartans with a 2-under par 70. Also scoring for Lakeview were Bailey Niedzielski (78), Jared Fisk (79) and James Staab (83).
NILES 8, BATTLE CREEK CENTRAL 0: Maria Carson made 30 saves in the loss for the Bearcats.
COLDWATER 1, (AT) HARPER CREEK 0: Malorie Rzepka scored on an assist from Megan Hoath in the win for the Cardinals. In goal for Coldwater (7-2-4, 3-1-1 Interstate Eight), Nadia Kiersey made six saves for her fourth shutout of the season. In goal for Harper Creek (4-8-1, 1-3-1 Interstate Eight), Tessa Hollister made five saves.
HANOVER HORTON INVITE (SAT.): Coldwater went 1-1, defeating Springport (3-1) before falling to Ann Arbor Huron in the final in an overtime shootout (4-3). In the semifinals, Malorie Rzepka had two goals while Megan Hoath scored and Samantha Rodesiler and Maggie Pool had an assist apiece. In the championship, Rzepka had a goal and an assist and Madison Marsh and Breanna Eddy had goals. Nadia Kiersey finished with eight saves on the day for the Cardinals (6-2-4).
(AT) BATTLE CREEK CENTRAL 4, ST. PHILIP 4: Winning flights for the Bearcats were Olivia Davis (No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-4); Allurra Mills (No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-3); Anisha Booker and Sicily McLaughlin (No. 2 doubles, 7-5, 6-3); and Elizabeth Calderon and Cing Kim (No. 3 doubles, 6-0, 6-4).
GALESBURG-AUGUSTA (AT) BRANDYWINE INVITE (SAT.): The Rams placed second at the Invite, led by Kristin Gibson’s first-place finish at No. 3 singles (d. Niles-Brandywine 6-2, 6-2; South Bend Washington 6-0, 6-0).
GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
PARCHMENT RELAYS (SAT.): In the Division 2 Meet, Gull Lake received first-place finishes from the 800-meter relay team of Markeva Love, Anjolena Davis, Jessica Wakley and Helen Foldenauer (1:48.66); the 1,600-meter relay team of Quinn Scheller, Marleigh Thorn, Wakley and Foldenauer (4:21.74); the 3,200-meter relay team of Claire Halpin, Maddie Salvato, Morgan Blinn and Lily Fell (10:25.25); the sprint medley relay team of Annie Thorn, Marleigh Thorn,Love and Scheller (4:35.98); the distance medley relay team of Salvato, Blinn, Halpin and Fell (16:59.01) and Anjolena Davis in the long jump (15-9).
In the Division 3 Meet, Delton Kellogg received first-place finishes from the 400-meter throwers relay team of Jerilyn Sinclair, Lexi Parsons, Victoria Green and Amanda West (59.49); Parsons in the shot put (26-9) and Abby Howard in the high jump (5-2).
QUINCY INVITE (SAT.): Host Quincy won the nine-team invite with 187.5 points; Bronson was third with 85.5; Union City was fourth with 63; Bellevue was eighth with 22; and Tekonsha was ninth with nine points.
The Orioles received first-place finishes from Gabby Porter in the 1,600-meters (5:48.63) and the 800-meters (2:37.03); Katie Spalding in the 100-meter hurdles (17.06); Claire Supianoski in the 400-meters (1:04.71); Jessica Holcomb in the 200-meters (28.26); the 3,200-meter relay team (10:59.17); the 800-meter relay team (1:56.76); the 400-meter relay team (53.85); and the 1,600-meter relay team (4:27.23).
Bronson was led by a first-place finish from Alyssa Hagen in the 100-meters (13.66).
Union City posted a victory in the freshmen 800-meter relay (2:00.40).
Bellevue’s Alexis McGinley won the long jump (15-3).
BOYS TRACK & FIELD
PARCHMENT RELAYS (SAT.): In the Division 2 Meet, Gull Lake received first-place finishes from the 1,600-meter relay team of Nate McCormick, Xavion Love, Zach Zahrt and Reid Williams (3:33.54); the 3,200-meter relay team of Noah Weiss, Austin Lovett, Jake Schmitt and Joey Dawson (8:30.22); the sprint medley relay team of Thomas Vandermolen, RV Johnson, McCormick and Love (3:47.23); the distance medley relay team of Weiss, Lovett, Lucas Hamilton and Dawson (14:10.65); the shuttle hurdles relay team of Carson Neff, Walker, Justin Schroeder and Williams (1:08.51); Neff in the high jump (6-2); Nolan Rowland in the pole vault (11-6); and Williams in the long jump (19-9.5).
QUINCY INVITE (SAT.): Hillsdale won the nine-team invitational with 183.5 points; host Quincy was runner-up with 161.5; Union City was fourth with 89; Bronson was fifth with 47; Tekonsha was eighth with 16 and Bellevue was ninth with 14.
The Orioles received first-place finishes from Jonathan Purvis in the discus (134-0) and Brandon Gary in the 3,200-meters (11:04.40).
Union City posted victories in the 800-meter relay (1:36.11); the 400-meter relay (46.25); and the 1,600-meter relay (3:46.29).
Tekonsha’s Calvin Blue won the 1,600-meters (4:54.28).
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TUESDAY’S PREP SCHEDULE
Baseball: Coldwater at Harper Creek, Lakeview at Loy Norrix, Mattawan at B.C. Central, Pennfield at Charlotte, Marshall at Northwest, Gull Lake at Kal. Central, Union City at Jonesville, Quincy at Reading, Olivet at Leslie, Homer at Springport, Centreville at Bronson, Bellevue at Potterville, Athens at Concord
Softball: Coldwater at Harper Creek, Lakeview at Loy Norrix, Mattawan at B.C. Central, Pennfield at Charlotte, Marshall at Northwest, Gull Lake at Kal. Central, Union City at Jonesville, Quincy at Reading, Olivet at Leslie, Lansing Christian at Maple Valley, Homer at Springport, Centreville at Bronson, Bellevue at Potterville, Athens at Concord
Girls Soccer: Lakeview at P. Central, B.C. Central at Niles, Barry County Christian at Calhoun Christian
Track: Harper Creek at Pennfield; Coldwater at Marshall; Stockbridge at Olivet; Maple Valley at Perry; Galesburg-Augusta, Delton Kellogg at Constantine
Boys Golf: Lakeview, Gull Lake at Kal. Central Jamboree; Climax-Scotts at Colon; Bronson at Constantine
Girls Tennis: Allegan at Lakeview, Pennfield at Lumen Christi, Galesburg-Augusta at Coloma