2017-05-18 / Sports

St. Ignace Saints and Pickford/Cedarville Pirates Battle in Baseball, Softball

By Kevin R. Hess


The Saints softball team won their invitational Saturday, May 13, by defeating Brimley 15-3 in game one and Harbor Springs 10-9 in walkoff fashion in the championship game. Pictured here with their championship trophy are team members (back, from left): Morgan Thomas, Taylor Blair, Cecilia Tomas, Karlie St. Andrew, coach Ralph Colegrove, Shyanne Bird, Madison Olsen, Audrey O’Rourke, Lily Hart, coach Greg Cheeseman, head coach Mark Sposito; (front) Marissa Sweeney, Josee Misner, Kennedy Kammers, Lauren Yoder, Anna Hart, Kaeli Nelson, Saylor Sorenson, Beth Rountree, and managers Addison Cheeseman and Kayla Keuten. (Photograph courtesy of Sara Sorenson) The Saints softball team won their invitational Saturday, May 13, by defeating Brimley 15-3 in game one and Harbor Springs 10-9 in walkoff fashion in the championship game. Pictured here with their championship trophy are team members (back, from left): Morgan Thomas, Taylor Blair, Cecilia Tomas, Karlie St. Andrew, coach Ralph Colegrove, Shyanne Bird, Madison Olsen, Audrey O’Rourke, Lily Hart, coach Greg Cheeseman, head coach Mark Sposito; (front) Marissa Sweeney, Josee Misner, Kennedy Kammers, Lauren Yoder, Anna Hart, Kaeli Nelson, Saylor Sorenson, Beth Rountree, and managers Addison Cheeseman and Kayla Keuten. (Photograph courtesy of Sara Sorenson) The St. Ignace Saints softball team hosted and won the St. Ignace Invitational Saturday, May 13. In game one, St. Ignace defeated Brimley 15- 3 in five innings. Brimley scored in the top of the first to take a 1-0 lead, but St. Ignace responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning and never looked back. The Saints added five runs in the third inning and six more in the fourth. Lily Hart and Kaeli Nelson were each 2-2 with two RBI. Cecilia Tomas had one hit and two RBI, Audrey O’Rourke one hit and one RBI. Josee Misner, Anna Hart and Kennedy Kammers had one hit each. Saylor Sorenson had one RBI. Lily Hart was the winning pitcher, allowing three runs and striking out six batters.

In game two, the Saints won a back-and-forth game in walk-off fashion, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the final inning to defeat Harbor Springs 10-9. Harbor Springs scored two runs in each of the first two innings to take a 4-0 lead, but a seven-run third inning gave the Saints a 7-4 lead. Harbor Springs regained the lead 8-7 with two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings. St. Ignace again responded, scoring two of their own in the bottom of the fifth to regain the lead, 9- 8. Harbor Springs tied the game with one run in the sixth, setting up the dramatic finish in the bottom of the sixth. Kennedy Kammers singled home the tying and winning runs to give the Saints the win in the game and the tournament.

Kammers and Audrey O’Rourke each had one hit and two RBI. Anna Hart was 2-4 with an RBI. Josee Misner and Madison Olsen had one hit. Lauren Yoder started the game on the mound, and was replaced by Lily Hart. Hart was the winning pitcher in both games.

“We were much more disciplined today,” said Head Coach Mark Sposito. “We drew 21 walks combined (in the two games) while only allowing six. We have a young team that is getting better and more disciplined as the season progresses.”

St. Ignace has five wins for the season, but has won three consecutive games, playing its best ball when it counts the most.

“I expect us to win at game in the districts and compete for the district title,” said Coach Sposito.

St. Ignace next plays at Brimley, Thursday, May 18.

Baseball Team Loses Two Close Games

The Saints baseball team lost two close games, despite great pitching performances by Sam Fullerton and Preston Mayle. In game one, St. Ignace took on Harbor Light Christian and lost 3-1. Fullerton struck out 13 batters, walked two, and allowed just three hits. The Saints outhit Harbor Light 6-3, but four Saints’ errors were a big difference in the game. St. Ignace scored first in the top of the first inning on a Mayle single. Harbor Light tied the game in the bottom of the inning thanks to a Saints’ error. The game remained tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the third, when Harbor Light took advantage of two errors and two passed balls to score two more times. All three Harbor Light runs scored via Saints errors or passed balls.

Mayle paced the Saints offensively, going 3-3 from the plate with an RBI. E.J. Schultz, Reid Marshall, and Marcus St. John had one hit each.

In game two, St. Ignace scored four runs in the first inning against the Brimley Bays, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. Brimley would come all the way back to win the game 5-4, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the final frame. Preston Mayle had a bases-loaded hit that scored three, and Reid Marshall singled home the fourth run to cap off the St. Ignace first inning. But St. Ignace would not score again. Brimley got one back in the bottom of the first, but St. Ignace held a 4-1 lead heading into the fifth inning. Brimley scored three in the fifth after two walks, a Saints’ error, and a single. Brimley scored the winning run in walk-off fashion on a passed ball in the bottom of the sixth.

Mayle struck out 12, and allowed four hits and three walks. On offense, Fullerton, Marshall, Mayle, and Alex France had one hit each. Ryan LaVake and Hunter DeKeyser scored runs.

The Saints (3-13) will travel to Brimley Thursday, May 18, for a rematch with the Bays.

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