The Cedar Springs High School Varsity Softball Team wrapped up another very successful weekend. Last week, the Red Hawks won the Fruitport Invite, and this week, Cedar Springs took home first place in their own tournament. “I am really proud of the girls,” said coach Steve Reed. “We are really playing some great softball right now and that is what we need,” he added.
Cedar Springs started out the day very strong as they posted an 11-4 win over Grant then put up 24 runs in the 24-1 win against Northpointe Christian. Entering the championship game, both Cedar Springs and Allendale stood at 2-0 for the day. The Red Hawks were down early and in the 3rd inning, trailed 3-0. Cedar Springs fought their way back to a 5-3 lead during the mid-game stretch. In the 5th inning, freshmen Aubree Mouthaan put the Red Hawks ahead for good with her first career homerun in high school. This 2-run homerun gave Cedar Springs the 8-3 lead. Two runs came in for Allendale toward the conclusion. The Red Hawks won the championship 8-5. Senior pitcher Taylor Nielsen picked up the win for Cedar Springs.
This is the first time in at least 7 years that Cedar Springs has won their own tournament. “It was a great win for the girls and the program,” remarked Reed. Cedar Springs hopes to maintain their pride, purpose, and passion, as they begin the state tournament on June 2, in Big Rapids vs Chippewa Hills, at noon. Congrats to the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, 2012 Red Hawk Invite Champions.