By Kendra Coons
The girls’ varsity softball team’s official season has come to a close. The team went 4-0 last week, finishing out their official record as 17-15 throughout the season, 7-8 in conference, and tied for third in conference overall.
Last week, the girls played their final conference games of the season against Forest Hills Northern and a non-conference game against Tri-County.
On Tuesday, May 20, the Huskies traveled to the Red Hawks field for a double header. In the first game, Cedar Springs defeated FHN 7-2. Junior pitcher Josi Whipple was the winning pitcher for that game striking out six batters, and only walking one. In the second game, the Red Hawks beat the Huskies once again, 4-1. Senior pitcher Michaela Kulak gained the win for this game striking out four batters, and walking five, and Whipple picked up a save for the Red Hawks. Leading hitters for Cedar Springs during this double header included junior shortstop Aubree Mouthaan, with four hits, including a double, single, and a homerun; senior second baseman Kendra Coons and senior first baseman Michaela Kulak also had four hits; and junior designated hitter Erin Johnson had three hits. This game was also senior night. Congratulations to all five seniors.
“Our seniors have worked hard and played some great softball for Cedar Springs. All five of them have started on the varsity team for three years. I’m proud of them,” commented head coach Bill VanHorn.
On Wednesday, May 21, the Red Hawks went up against the Vikings of Tri-County. The Red Hawks defeated the Vikings by mercying them 18-8 in the sixth inning. Whipple gained another win for Cedar Springs. Leading hitters for the Red Hawks during this game were senior right fielder Brittney Robinson, who went four for four, with two doubles, a single, a home run and five RBIs. Coons went three for four and had four RBIs and Mouthaan also had two doubles.
On Thursday, May 22, Cedar Springs faced Forest Hills Northern once again, this time at their place and for a single game. Cedar Springs mercied Forest Hills Northern 11-1 in the sixth inning. The Red Hawks won their first series 3-0 against the Huskies. Junior pitcher Allyson Arnold gained the win for Cedar Springs. Arnold struck out four and did not have any walks. The leading hitters for this game were Mouthaan with three hits and two RBI’s and also hit her tenth home run of the year; junior third baseman Alexis Lucarelli had three hits and three RBI’s; senior catcher Taylor Baker and Robinson also had two hits.
“The team had timely hitting and great pitching from Allyson, Josi and Michaela. I like that the whole team is starting to hit well,” stated VanHorn.
Cedar Springs finished off their season 17-15. On Tuesday May 27, the Red Hawks matched up against the Panthers of Comstock Park for Pre-Districts at Belding High School. They lost the game 6-5, ending their season.
Congratulations to Cedar Springs on their successful season and good luck to the seniors in their future!
VanHorn concludes, “I’m proud of this team because they have continued to improve all year. They also beat West Catholic and Northview. These wins were the first against these teams in a long time.”