The Lady Red Hawks Varsity softball team went three for three on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Larry Cantu Invitational in Fruitport. They posted wins over Kent City, Fruitport, and Orchard View to wrap up another very successful weekend.
In the first game of the day, the Red Hawks faced Kent City and were down early. After the top of the first inning they trailed 4-0. Cedar Springs came back firing, quickly extinguishing Kent City’s lead and posting 4 runs of their own. The Red Hawks controlled the rest of the game until the 6th inning, when Kent City took the 9-8 lead. Cedar Springs entered the bottom of the 6th inning down by one run. The winning rally started when junior Abby Olszewski got a base hit with already 2 outs. Freshman Aubree Mouthaan came to the plate next, for Cedar Springs, with Olszewski on first, and hit a double. With runners on second and third for Cedar Springs, sophomore Brittany Robinson hit a line drive to score the two runs, which put Cedar Springs in the winning column on this walk off hit. Senior pitcher Taylor Nielsen picked up the win for the Red Hawks and also went 3 for 4 with a double, plus scoring three times. Abby Olszewski went 2 for 3 scoring twice. Aubree Mouthaan went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, and scoring 3 times, while Brittany Robinson went 3 for 3 with 1 RBI. The Red Hawks beat Kent City in game one, 10-9.
Game 2 was a great team effort for Cedar Springs as multiple players got on base against a very strong Fruitport team. Taylor Nielsen was the winning pitcher and also went 2 for 2 with a double and RBI. Junior Nicki Luevano went 2 for 3 in this game as well. Cedar Springs defeated Fruitport in game two, 7-2.
For game 3, Cedar Springs was back in the championship game for the third straight year. Standing in the Red Hawks’ way was one of Muskegon County’s most dominant teams, the Cardinals of Orchard View. Cedar Springs jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and led most of the game. In the 6th inning, Orchard View rallied to tie the game at 4 apiece. In the bottom of the 7th, Nielsen started out with a single and Olszewski moved her to second on a SAC hit. With one out, the Cardinals now elected to load the bases. Mouthaan and Robinson were both walked and bases remained loaded. Sophomore Brittany Todd had the winning hit to centerfield for Cedar Springs and Nielsen scored the winning run on another walk off hit. Nielsen went 2 for 2 and scored 3 runs while Mouthaan went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. Freshman Allison Arnold pitched her way to the victory for Cedar Springs.
Congrats to the Cedar Springs Varsity Softball team, the 2012 Larry Cantu Invitational Champions.