Milan softball team takes home tournament trophy


Milan's softball team hoists the trophy after winning the Holt Tournament Saturday.

Milan’s softball team hoists the trophy after winning the Holt Tournament Saturday.

HOLT – Milan’s softball team used some dramatics to win the Holt Tournament Saturday.

The Big Reds pulled out a 2-1 win over the host team in its first game, then Madison Gray doubled home the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the eighth to produce a 10-9 triumph over Battle Creek Lakeview.

Gray had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and drove in three runs in the second game. There were two outs and she had two strikes on her when she connected in the eighth inning for a double with the bases loaded.

“Madison is a real solid first baseman and a power hitter,” Milan coach Kirk Davis said. “She always has good at-bats. She is one of those kids who always stays ultra-focused. She has a great attitude and is a fantastic kid.”

Milan was down 8-4 in that game before staging a comeback. A two-run home run by freshman catcher Leila Daniels tied the game in the sixth inning. She finished with two hits and four RBI.

Madison Mazei and Tierra Ronayne also had two hits each.

Mariah Stines scattered seven hits in the first game, then came on to throw the final four innings of the second. She got both wins.

The Big Reds had just three hits against Holt, including a double by Mazei. Mailey McCleary drove in the winning run.

Milan is off to a 16-1 start. That’s no surprise to Davis.

“I had a feeling if we did not have injuries and played our game, we would probably be a pretty solid team,” he said.


Whiteford wins home tourney

OTTAWA LAKE – Whiteford won 8-6 over Ann Arbor Skyline and 13-0 against Ypsilanti Lincoln to take first place in its own Kris Hubbard Invitational Saturday.

The Bobcats scored six runs in the first inning against Skyline. Shay Alexander and Aly VanBrandt both finished 3-for-3, and Berlynn Keller earned the win to improve to 10-0 this season.

Unity Nelson gave up just one hit and struck out 12 in five innings against Lincoln to improve to 9-1.

“Lincoln is a good Division 1 team that has several quality wins this season,” Whiteford coach Matt VanBrandt said. “Our girls knew this and were excited for the challenge. We scored early and then let Nelson pound the strike zone. It was one of her best outings of the year.”

Whiteford had 13 hits, led by Ambrelle Billau who finished 4-for-4 with two doubles, four runs and four RBI. Keller added three hits and three runs, and Kaydence Sheldon had two doubles.

Whiteford improved to 20-2 overall.

Dundee sweeps Airport

DUNDEE – Freshman Kaylee Imo earned her seventh pitching win of the season to lead Dundee to a 7-1 win over Airport in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday. The Vikings swept the doubleheader with an 8-7 win in game two.

The Vikings trailed 6-4 in the second game before rallying to win. McKenna Salley earned the win in relief, allowing just one more Airport run after entering the game in the third inning.

Kennedy Irwin had two triples, a double and scored three runs on the day, Emily Killion had three hits, a walk, two RBI and three stolen bases, and Salley and Shay VanZandt also were strong at the plate.

“I thought we played pretty well in game one, but in game two we capitalized on Airport’s mistakes and got timely hitting and scored runs when we needed them,” Dundee coach Mickey Moody said. “I thought Airport hit the ball harder than we did today as a team, but we just managed to score more runs than them when we needed them and get the wins today. Airport plays extremely hard. I was impressed with their effort.”

Jazzy Porter was 4-for-4 to lead Airport in game two, Kam Krzemen was 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs, Hailey Boitnott had three hits, and ReAnn Drummond had two hits, two RBI and a run.

Drummond and Porter had two hits apiece in the opener.


Jets’ Jones sharp

CARLETON – Dominic Jones threw six shutout innings in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday to earn a 2-0 win over Essexville Garber.

Garber won the second game 12-10.

Jones gave up three hits and struck out two. Jordan Footlander pitched a clean inning of relief to earn the save.

Nolan Zajac and Adam Goins had two hits apiece to lead the Jet offense, and Kyle Harvell had two stolen bases.

Airport fought back in the second game after falling behind by eight runs in the sixth inning. Zajac went 2-for-4 to lead Airport (10-7).

Mule hurlers sharp

TEMPERANCE – Bedford pitchers gave up just five hits all day in sweeping Utica Eisenhauer 4-2 and 3-2 Saturday.

Braden Vineyard, Tommy Huss and Jack Nigh combined on a 4-hitter in the first game, then Aidan Reed and Brendan Hammer allowed just one hit in the second.

Three Mules combined for seven strikeouts in each game.

Connor Laskey and Weiher had two hits apiece in the first game. Nolan Laskey had a trio of hits and Ethan Brickner two in the second.

Bedford is 14-5.

Carlson, Dundee split

DUNDEE – Gibraltar Carlson and Dundee did the splits Saturday with Carlson winning the first game 3-1 and Dundee taking the second 11-2.

“We executed the first game and walked away with a win,” Carlson coach Matt Kolak said of his 5-18 team. “We didn’t execute in the second game and we lost.”

John Hojnowski struck out seven over the first three innings of the first game. Nico Reach blanked Dundee over the final four innings to get the win.

Dundee (4-6) banged out 11 hits in the second game including three by Ethan Lathan and two by Matt Atkinson. Trevor Schroeder tripled, drove in two runs and scored twice.

Dominik Laskowski had two hits for Carlson.

Huron gets two shutouts

SOUTHGATE – Luke Coll and Chad Martin threw one-hit shutouts as New Boston Huron blanked Southgate Anderson 11-0 and 10-0 Saturday.

Gavin Moczydlowsky had two hits in each game. Other offensive standouts were Ashton Warren, Jacob Handyside, Conner Grant and Wyatt Marentette.


Langenderfer triumphs

DEARBORN – Alex Langenderfer won the pole vault and Chris Worden was second in the long jump to highlight Erie Mason’s day in the Mark Carpenter Invitational Friday.

Other placers for the Eagles were Jackson Iocoangeli, Jackson Ansel, Jacob Ansel, Aaron Koehn, Bryce Gardiner, Austin Sulier, Jacob Ansel and Louden Murbach.

Dundee wins two

FLAT ROCK – Dundee’s boys won the long jump (Elek LaPalme, Colton Bordine) and the shuttle hurdle (LaPalme, Ashton Rakebrand, Ruben Riveria, Johnny Swisher) relays while placing fourth in the Flat Rock Ram Relays Friday.

Brothers Kaiden and Cole Hubbell were second in the discus relay.

Dundee was second in the shuttle hurdle relay with four girls who had never run hurdles before — Brooklynn McBee, Joslyn Ball, Mira Borg and Kaylee Spaulding.


Mule pitching strong

TEMPERANCE – Tyson Bert and Jake Yeager earned pitching wins as Bedford beat St. John’s 7-1 and 8-2 Saturday.

This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Local Sports: Milan softball team takes home tournament trophy


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