by Kendra Coons
The girls’ Varsity softball team was busy last week, going 5-3.
On Tuesday, April 22 the team played their first conference double header of the season against Greenville, and lost both games 6-7 and 5-8. Junior Aubree Mouthaan went 3 for 6, with multiple homeruns and 4 RBI’s. Senior Michaela Kulak also had 5 hits to add onto the Red Hawks score throughout both games.
Then on Wednesday, April 23 the girls had two more games against Godwin Heights. In the first game, the team mercied Godwin Heights, in the third inning 19-1. In the second game, the team mercied Godwin Heights in the third inning again, but this time 23-3. Throughout both games, junior Taylor Noskey had 3 total hits, with a single, double, a triple, and 3 RBI’s. Senior Charlie Saylor racked up a total of 4 hits, including a double and a triple, and 7 RBI’s. Junior Aubree Mouthaan also went 3 for 3 with two doubles and 5 RBI’s. Junior pitcher Josi Whipple pitched the first game for the Red Hawks and picked up a win. Senior Michaela Kulak pitched the second game for Cedar Springs and also picked up a win.
“I think our team played well offensively and we are improving defensively. If we can [shape up] our defense, we can beat anyone,” stated head coach Bill VanHorn.
Then on Thursday, April 24, the varsity team faced Greenville again, and this time the tables were turned. Cedar Springs beat Greenville 9-6. Junior Alexis Lucarelli came in strong with an RBI triple, and senior Brittney Robinson had a single that scored two runs to win the game. Junior Josi Whipple pitched for the Red Hawks and received the win. Whipple had 3 strikeouts and 4 walks to end the game.
On Saturday April 26, the team traveled to Fruitport for a tournament. In the first game Cedar Springs went up against Forest Hills Eastern and beat them 8-7. In the next game, the Red Hawks faced the Trojans of Fruitport. It was a tough game, but in the end the Red Hawks pulled away from Fruitport beating them 12-9. Winning this game advanced Cedar Springs into the championship game against Zeeland West. Unfortunately, the team lost in the finals 8-5, but came in second overall in the tournament. Throughout the tournament, senior Taylor Baker received 5 hits and 5 RBI’s. Also contributing to the Red Hawks hits and runs were junior Alexis Lucarelli with 3 hits, junior Erin Johnson also had 3 hits, and junior Aubree Mouthaan went 7 for 11 with 4 doubles, 2 homeruns, and 9 RBI’s. Junior Josi Whipple pitched both games against FHE and Fruitport and picked up the wins for both. Junior pitcher Allyson Arnold also picked up a save against FHE.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing our team reach their potential. They are working very hard to get better,” commented VanHorn.
The varsity softball team is now 9-6 overall. During the week, the team faced Forest Hills Eastern on Tuesday, April 29, for a double header and again on Thursday, May 1 for a single game at their home field behind Cedar View Elementary at 4:15. Please come on out and support your Red Hawks as they are looking for their third conference win!