By Kendra Coons
The varsity softball team played a total of eight games last week. The girls were faced with three conference games, and a tournament in Gilbraltar, Michigan on Saturday May 10. Unfortunately, the team went 6-2 throughout the week. Their overall record is now 12-14.
On Monday, May 5 the team played their last conference game against Forest Hills Eastern. This game was originally scheduled for Thursday May 1, but was rescheduled due to weather. This game was a hard fought battle between both teams until the sixth and seventh inning, when FHE scored two runs. Senior first baseman Michaela Kulak and junior shortstop Aubree Mouthaan led the team with two hits each. Cedar Springs took the loss 0-2.
“The team played great in the field and made no errors, but the bats were silent,” commented head coach Bill VanHorn.
Then on Tuesday, May 6 Cedar Springs went up against conference rival West Catholic for a double header at home. In the first game, Cedar Springs defeated WC 11-6. The leading hitters for that game were senior catcher Taylor Baker with two hits and three RBI’s, junior leftfielder Allison Snavley with two hits, senior centerfielder Charlie Saylor with a two run homerun, and senior second baseman Kendra Coons with two RBI’s. Junior pitcher Allyson Arnold took home the win in the circle only allowing 10 hits. In the second game, West Catholic came back fighting and defeated Cedar Springs 7-3. Mouthaan and Saylor both had two hits. Junior pitcher Josi Whipple added a loss to her record. Whipple only allowed three earned runs and struck out three batters and walked four.
On Thursday, May 8, Cedar Springs played West Catholic once again. The Falcons ended up taking home the series defeating the Red Hawks 10-0 in the sixth inning. Baker had two hits for the Red Hawks and junior third baseman Alexis Lucarelli had one hit.
“The win against West Catholic was a big one for us. We need to put together two good games in a row,” said VanHorn.
Then on Saturday the Red Hawks traveled to Gilbraltar for the Gilbraltar Carlson Cancer Tournament. The team went 3-1 in the tournament. In the first game, the Red Hawks went up against fourth ranked division one team Farmington Hills Mercy and were defeated 17-2. Then Cedar Springs faced Flat Rock, and were defeated 12-2. The team also played Dearborn twice and split with them in the tournament. The first game was 10-7 with Dearborn taking home the win, and the second was 8-2 with Cedar Springs bringing in their first win of the tournament. Leading hitters for the tournament for the Red Hawks were Kulak with two hits, Coons with two hits and two RBI’s, senior right fielder Brittney Robinson with five hits and four RbIs, Mouthaan with two hits, Baker with two hits, and freshmen Reagan Hickok with two hits and three RBIs. Whipple was the winning pitcher for the Dearborn win. She had a total of five strikeouts and no walks.
“We played well in the last two games. We have to cut down on our mistakes in the field,” stated VanHorn.
This week, Cedar Springs goes up against the Northview Wildcats. The Red Hawks traveled to Northview for a double header on Tuesday, May 13. Then on Thursday, May 15, the Wildcats travel to Cedar Springs for a single game at 4:15. Please come on out as the Red Hawks are looking for some more conference wins!
VanHorn concludes, “I am waiting for our team to peak. We want to make a good run at the end of the season.”