Bear Lake 1-1
HART, May 22 — Hart finished regular-season play with a flourish last Wednesday, knocking off Bear Lake in a doubleheader by scores of 6-1 and 16-1.
Rece Schlukebir highlighted Hart efforts in the sweep by pitching a shortened no-hitter in game two. He struck out nine in four innings and didn’t walk a batter; only a Hart error allowed the Lakers to score. The Pirates also hit four home runs in the nightcap, one each by Seth Andritsis, Braeden Carskadon, Matt Robbins and Alec Kempker. Schlukebir and Jayden VanderZwaag each had two hits. Andritsis led the team with four RBI. Hart scored six, three and five runs respectively in the first three innings.
In the opener, Robbins threw a two-hit complete game and struck out nine. VanderZwaag had two hits, and Kempker’s two-run base hit was a key one in the game, sparking a five-run third for Hart.
“The boys broke loose a little in game two to give us a little confidence going into district play,” Hart coach Dave Riley said.
HESPERIA, May 28 — Hesperia dropped the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday to Cadillac, 12-3, as the teams tuned up for district play.
Results of the second game were not reported.
The Panthers fell behind early when the Vikings scored three times in the first inning, and they couldn’t rally back as the game ended in five innings.
Hesperia committed four errors in the loss. Hunter Dickinson pitched three innings and struck out three in the game.
Bear Lake 0-0
HART, May 22 — Hart pitched a pair of shutouts last Wednesday to defeat Bear Lake 14-0 and 4-0, improving to 18-13 on the season.
Finley Kistler threw a three-hit, four-inning shutout in game one, striking out four. Hart racked up 17 hits in the game, led by three each from Cassidy Copenhaver, Nicole Rockwell and Sabrina Pickard. Skylar Smith, Samantha James-Witteveen and Rylee Noggle had two knocks each.
Kistler topped herself in the second game, allowing only one hit in seven innings. She fanned three. Smith paced the offense with a pair of doubles as well as a walk.
HESPERIA, May 22 — Hesperia defeated Shelby last Wednesday in each team’s final tune-up for the district tournament, 13-3 and 15-0.
In the opening game, Hesperia (18-13) scored seven runs in the first two innings and cruised to the win. Emily Bayle and Daelyn McKinnon each had three hits and three RBI, and Ellie Palmer and Makenna Swisher added two hits and two RBI apiece. Lynnsey Tinkham earned the win in the circle, allowing seven hits in five innings and striking out three.
Hesperia scored all of its 15 runs in the third inning of game two to win in walk-off fashion. McKinnon had two more hits and three RBI, and Caragan Frees had two hits and two RBI. Palmer got the win, allowing two hits in three innings and striking out three.
Cadillac 4-2, Hart 2-1
HART, May 28 — Hart dropped a tune-up doubleheader in preparation for this weekend’s district tournament against Cadillac Tuesday, 4-2 and 2-1.
In game one, Nicole Rockwell pitched well in defeat, allowing eight hits and striking out three. Samantha James-Witteveen had two hits for the Pirates.
Skylar Smith hit a solo home run for Hart’s only tally in game two. Finley Kistler took a tough-luck loss, allowing only four hits and two runs.
Hart, Shelby drop pre-district games
Both Hart and Shelby lost their pre-district games last Wednesday to end their seasons.
Big Rapids downed the Tigers 6-0 at Big Rapids, and Hart dropped an 8-0 decision to Western Michigan Christian at Hart.
Statistics were not reported from either game.
@ CSAA Meet
CEDAR SPRINGS, May 21 — Hesperia finished 10th at last Tuesday’s Central State Activities Association golf finals, ending up in 10th for the season as well.
The Panthers struggled, shooting a 571 as a team, easily the highest mark of the season. Top scorer Jonathan Castillo was unable to play.
Connor Baird paced Hesperia with a score of 126, followed by Sennett Garrett with a 155. Wade Schuberg and Weston Valdes posted 170s.
Shelby 4th, Hart 6th
@ Mason Co.
SCOTTVILLE, May 21 — Shelby closed strong last Tuesday in the final West Michigan Conference jamboree of the season, shooting a 196 to secure fourth place overall in the league. Hart shot a 221 and took sixth.
The Tigers entered the jamboree down two shots to North Muskegon for fourth, but outshot the Norsemen by 16 to move up the standings.
Senior Tyler Hukill had a strong day to lead the team in his final jamboree, posting a 44, including a birdie on his final hole. His score ranked in a tie for fourth in the league. Sam Satterlee posted a 49, his best career score, and Chris Schuchardt also had a 49. Nicholas Satterlee added a 54. Schuchardt’s season-long performance earned him honorable mention all-WMC.
For Hart, Ayden Beachum led the way with a 50, and his season work earned him the 10th and final spot on the all-WMC team. Zach Camargo shot a 52, Jace Moegenberg had a 58, and Gabe Farias notched a 61.
@ Manistee National
MANISTEE, May 23 — Pentwater finished off a great regular season Thursday with a first-place finish at the Manistee National Invitational. The Falcons shot a total of 168 to edge Manistee by 11 strokes. Onekama took third and Mason County Central was fourth.
Seth Matulis and Drew Kolenda tied for the Falcons’ scoring lead with 41s, tied for the second-best score of the day. Gannon McDonough was right behind his teammates with a 42, and Will Kolenda was Pentwater’s fourth scorer with a 44.