Pentwater 12-14, Manistee Catholic 2-2
PENTWATER, May 29 — Pentwater swept a West Michigan D League doubleheader from Manistee Catholic last Wednesday by scores of 12-2 and 14-2.
“Guys played well in the field and at the plate, and the seniors all had good games in their final appearance at home,” Pentwater coach Rick Magrath said.
Catholic took an early 2-0 lead in the opening game, but the Falcons quickly came back with three runs and never looked back. Austin Hofmann drove in three runs on two hits in the win, and Max Stoneman and Glenn Miller each got two hits as well. Khole Hofmann drove in two runs. Stoneman pitched 2 2/3 innings and struck out four, allowing four hits, and Khole Hofmann threw 2 1/3 innings of one-hit ball.
In the nightcap, Jacob Veine collected three hits for the Falcons, scoring three times and driving in two runs. Miller and Austin Hofmann each managed two hits and combined to score five runs. Julien Nyberg got the win with three innings of good work, striking out six and allowing only two hits. Blake Bringedahl struck out four in two innings, surrendering one hit.
Pentwater 15-27, Manistee Catholic 0-7
PENTWATER, May 29 — Pentwater rolled past Manistee Catholic last Wednesday in a West Michigan D League doubleheader, 15-0 and 27-7. Both games lasted three innings.
In game one, Mikaylyn Kenney allowed only one hit and struck out 10 in a shutout. Makaylah Cornelisse had two of the Falcons’ seven hits, as the team took advantage of several Sabers’ walks and errors.
Cornelisse toed the rubber in game two, the first time in over a month that she had pitched and the first time in some time that anyone besides Kenney had done so. Cornelisse allowed eight hits and five walks, but fanned five and got the win. The Falcons dominated at the plate behind Kenney’s four hits, including a home run. She drove in six runs. Emma Oliphant and Cienna Ruggles each got three hits, and Cornelisse got two knocks with four RBI.
North Muskegon 7-9
HESPERIA, May 29 — To stay sharp for the district finals, Hesperia played a doubleheader with North Muskegon last Wednesday. The two teams split the games, with Hesperia on top 9-7 in game one and the Norse taking game two 9-3.
Hesperia grabbed an early 4-0 lead in the opening game before the Norse tied it in the third inning. The Panthers responded with a run in the third and four more in the fourth, though, and held off the Norse late for the win. Lynnsey Tinkham, Natalie McGahan and Becci Castillo each had two hits for the Panthers, and Castillo drove in two runs. Ellie Palmer had a two-run triple in the win.
In game two, North Muskegon went ahead early and were never threatened. Hesperia scored all three of its runs in the sixth inning. Alyssa Miller had a hit and two RBI, and Emily Bayle had a hit and drove in a run as well.
Pentwater 15, Big Rapids Crossroads 4
BIG RAPIDS, May 30 — Pentwater defeated Big Rapids Crossroads in a pre-district game Thursday, 15-4. The game was moved from Tuesday due to weather.
The game was close most of the way, but the Falcons scored nine runs in the fifth inning to take a commanding lead. Mikaylyn Kenney allowed only one hit in the circle, walking five and striking out 11.
Pentwater falls to Holton in district finals
BIG RAPIDS, June 1 — Pentwater advanced to the district finals Saturday at Big Rapids Crossroads with a 15-0 win over Walkerville, but fell to state-ranked Holton by a 9-2 score in the finals.
Pentwater stayed close with the Red Devils in the first two innings, but Holton caught fire in the third and led 9-0 when the dust settled. Pentwater scored twice in the sixth on a double by Mikaylyn Kenney and shut down Holton the rest of the game, but could get no closer.
Kenney struck out 12 in the game, allowing 10 hits and four walks. Pentwater (19-7-1) managed three hits against the Red Devils; Makaylah Cornelisse and Emma Oliphant added singles to Kenney’s two-run double.
“I was very proud of the effort from my girls today,” Pentwater coach Steve Rossiter said. “Holton is definitely a powerful team, but our lady Falcons never gave up, fighting to the end.”
In the semifinals, the Falcons rolled behind a three-inning no-hitter from Kenney, who recorded all nine outs by strikeout. Kenney also homered in the game for one of her two hits and drove in six runs. Cornelisse and Bailee Hasil each had two hits and two RBI, and Oliphant got two hits as well.
Shelby’s Hukill just misses state
WEST OLIVE, May 29 — Shelby golfer Tyler Hukill came one stroke shy of making a return trip to the state finals in last Wednesday’s Division 3 regional tournament at Pigeon Creek Golf Course.
Hukill, in his final high school meet, shot a 77, but a string of great shots by Montague’s Cole Eilers, whom Hukill defeated in a playoff for the final state-qualifying spot a year ago, sent Eilers on to state with a 76. Hukill’s score ranked seventh overall at the regional.
The Tigers placed 15th as a team at the regional, with a score of 442. Other scorers for Shelby were Nicholas Satterlee (112), Brandon Rabe (114) and Sam Satterlee (139).
Hart competed at the regional as well, but had only three golfers, so could not post a team score. Ayden Beachum was the top Pirate scorer with a 93. Zach Camargo shot a 107, and Brandon Steffes added a 113.