MUSKEGON — Behind another dominant performance by pitcher Makayla Thompson, Reeths-Puffer rolled past West Ottawa Tuesday 7-1 in a pre-district game, advancing to the semifinals in Grand Haven.
Thompson allowed only two hits and blanked the Panthers after they scored their lone run in the first inning. She struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings and also got two hits of her own.
R-P stormed back after the early West Ottawa run, scoring twice in the second to take the lead for good, then adding five more in the third to build a commanding edge.
Abbey Mitchelson spearheaded the Rockets’ offense with four hits and three RBI. Elli Bletsch and Payleigh Primmer each drove in a pair of runs.
‘Cats to semis
KENT CITY — Bailey Belinger pitched a five-inning perfect game for Montague Tuesday as the Wildcats blasted the Western Michigan Christian/Muskegon Catholic co-op team, 13-0, to advance to Saturday’s district semifinals in Kent City.
Belinger struck out 11 of the 15 batters she faced in a dominant effort, sending her team to the semifinal game against Newaygo. Kent City and North Muskegon were set to play in the other semifinal.
The Wildcats’ offense also was great in the game. Katie Unger collected three hits and Chloe Wynn had two. Unger drove in three runs, and Belinger and Leah Webber each plated a pair. Montague had 10 total hits in the game.
WHITEHALL — Whitehall lost a close extra-inning game Thursday in its regular-season finale against Mona Shores, 6-4, falling to 22-14 on the season.
The Sailors broke the tie in the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly, completing a late comeback. They had earlier scored in the seventh inning to knot the score at four after the Vikings’ one run in each of the second through fifth frames had given the hosts a 4-3 edge.
Karoline Glamzi hit a solo home run and got two hits for the Vikings, who also stole seven bases, including three by Emily Martin. Ella Lyvere pitched five innings and Carly Hubbard three for Whitehall, combining for four strikeouts and only one walk.