2018-04-15 / Sports

Lady Lightning swept by Clarkston


Lapeer’s Bri Opalewski goes through her throwing motions against Flushing Tuesday at Flushing. 
Photo by Todd Boone Lapeer’s Bri Opalewski goes through her throwing motions against Flushing Tuesday at Flushing. Photo by Todd Boone LAPEER — The Lapeer softball team struggled against Clarkston, falling in both ends of the doubleheader Thursday at Lapeer. Clarkston shut out Lapeer in the early game, 14-0, and took down Lapeer 13-4 in the nightcap.

In the first game, Clarkston took a 3-0 lead in the first and added six in the third and five in the fifth to end the game after five innings. Bri Opalewski was on the mound for Lapeer, surrendering nine runs on eight hits while striking out one. Maggie Wilkison and Ellie Greene had the only two hits for Lapeer.

Clarkston kept the bats rolling in the second game, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after the first and extending it to 9-1 in the second. Clarkston then added two in the third, one in the fourth and one in the sixth while Lapeer had one in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

North Branch’s Lily Ragatz slides safely into homeplate as LakeVille pitcher Makayla Gerow is too late for the tag Thursday afternoon. 
Photo by Lisa Paine North Branch’s Lily Ragatz slides safely into homeplate as LakeVille pitcher Makayla Gerow is too late for the tag Thursday afternoon. Photo by Lisa Paine Wilkison pitched 4.2 innings and allowed seven hits, four runs and two walks while striking out three. Greene allowed nine runs and eight hits while striking out one over the course of 1.1 innings. Wilkison and Leah Ruddock had two hits apiece. Lindsay Shires, Greene, Izzy Howay, Maddie McKinney and Katie Walker added a hit each.

Lapeer opened the season with a doubleheader sweep of Flushing on Tuesday, taking the first game 8-2 and the late game 12-3.

In the early game, the Lady Lightning grabbed a 2-0 lead after the third inning and drove home five runs in the sixth and added one in the seventh. Flushing was held scoreless until the sixth when the Raiders finally got on the board with one and added a second in the seventh.

Imlay City's Leah Dawson connects on a hit against Almont Thursday afternoon at Imlay City. 
Photo by Austin VanDaele Imlay City's Leah Dawson connects on a hit against Almont Thursday afternoon at Imlay City. Photo by Austin VanDaele Lapeer outhit Flushing 9-5. Greene was 3-of-4 from the plate with a double and two home runs. Bre Nolan was 3-of-3 with a double. Shires, Meredith Morell and Opalewski all added a hit each. Opalewski was also on the mound, fanning nine batters.

Flushing took a 1-0 lead in the first inning but was held scoreless until the sixth in the late game. Lapeer drove in three in the fourth, four in the fifth and five in the sixth. Flushing answered back with two runs in the sixth, but was unable to muster any more.

Lapeer had nine girls total 13 hits on the game. Ruddock was 2-of-3. Shires was 2-of-5 with a triple and RBI. Nolan was 2-for-3 and Howay was 2-for-4 with a home run. Wilkison, Leah Ridenour, Holly Brewer and McKinney all added a single each. Greene added a double and also took the mound with 12 strikeouts and a walk.

Lapeer is at Carman-Ainsworth on Monday. — K.R.


The Lady Chiefs swept Madison Heights Madison in a doubleheader Tuesday, winning 17-0 in three innings and 12-0 in five innings.

Alexys Anderson started Game One on the mound, tossing a perfect game in three innings with eight strikeouts. She also led the offense with a double, two RBI and two stolen bases. Aubree Smith also had two singles, an RBI and two stolen bases. Izabelle Amador hit a single that drove in two runs, and Shelby Husovsky smacked a triple that drove in another run. Ellie Parski added an RBI single, and Fay Abdelnour had a single and two stolen bases.

Alyssa Orlando earned the victory in Game Two with six strikeouts, three hits and a walk. Amador and Smith sparked the Capac offense, each belting a two-run homerun. Myranda Hammer also hit a solo homerun and a double. Anderson chipped in with an RBI single, and Orlando added a stolen base and two singles at the plate. Madison Wheeler and Ally Dean also each had a single. — J.O.


The Cardinals game Thursday was canceled. — A.V.


The Spartans swept Almont 6-3 and 3-1 Thursday afternoon at Imlay City.

The opener was led by Leah Dawson’s hit and three RBI while Abigail Thibodeau and Alexis Diaz each had a hit and a RBI for the Spartans. Skylar Stone, Kendall Whitsett and McKenna Hoody all had hits.

Haley Medrano was key in the nightcap for Imlay City with two hits and two RBI while Alison Harper added two hits. Dawson picked up a hit and a RBI and with a hit each were Thibodeau and Whitsett.

Almont's Mackenzie Cleland took both losses giving up six hits and six runs in the opener.

Sydney Marrone had seven put-outs. Gillian Nichols scored a run, had two hits and drove in a run. Jaclyn Hellebuyck drove in two runs and had a hit and Marrone and Tyler Kautz each had one run and one hit.

In the nightcap, Cleland gave up three runs and five hits and struck out three.

Marrone had seven put-outs and Kautz had five. Nichols had two hits and one RBI, Keelie Bentz scored the lone run and scattered hits came from Cleland, Kautz and Rachel Schapman. Pagie Walton had one stolen base. — B.P./L.P.


Lauryn Frenzel was the winning pitcher in Mayville's 18-3 and 9-5 victories against Owen-Gage Thursday afternoon at Owen-Gage.

In the opener, Frenzel struck out 13 allowing just one hit on four walks. Harmony Cypher had four hits, three RBI, a double and scored three runs. Alexis Rutter had two hits, including a home run, drove in four runs and scored three times. Madison Frenzel had four hits, three RBI, two doubles and three runs. Carlie Meerschaert and Ashily Burns added doubles to the tally.

Frenzel fanned 19 in the nightcap, giving up five hits and two walks. Rutter had two hits, three RBI and three runs. Tasha Haddrill, Cypher and Burns connected on two hits apiece.

The Wildcats are now 2-0. — L.P.


The Broncos cruised past LakeVille on Thursday at home, taking both ends of the doubleheader. The Lady Broncos won 12-2 in the early game and closed out the night with a 26-4 win in the second game.

Both teams were held even at 1-1 after the opening inning before North Branch started to pull away, driving in four in the second, two in the fourth and one in the fifth while LakeVille’s second run came in the third.

Maeson Schlaud was in the circle for North Branch, sitting down 13 batters while giving up just one hit and two runs. Reese Ruhlman led the way for the Broncos offensively, tallying three hits, including a grand slam. Olivia Sweeney also had three hits and an RBI. Autumn Deshetsky and Schlaud had a pair of hits each and Schlaud had two RBI. Claire Lyons added a hit and Lily Ragatz had two RBI.

For LakeVille in Game One, Makayla Gerow earned the loss on the mound, allowing 10 runs (eight earned) and three walks while striking out three batters in 3-2/3 innings. LakeVille left the first inning locked in a 1-1 tie after Allison Mancsuga belted a double to drive in Emily Coleman, who was on first after a walk. Mancsuga ended the day 1-for-2 from the plate with an RBI.

North Branch stayed hot in the second game, grabbing a 5-3 lead in the first inning of the nightcap. The Broncos then added seven in the second, one in the third and 12 in the fourth to end the game. LakeVille added just one more run in the fourth.

Taylor Williams was the winning pitcher for North Branch and gave up just three hits and four runs while striking out one. North Branch had 26 hits on the game with 10 girls connecting at least once. Deshetsky and Ruhlman led from the plate, with Deshetsky driving in four runs on four hits and Ruhlman tallying four RBI on three hits. Ragatz had three hits and three RBI and Williams also had three hits and drove in two. Kira DeOrnellos drove in three runs on a pair of hits. Charlise Hyde, Sweeney, Bri DeMeyer and Amy Ludescher each connected twice and had an RBI.

In Game Two, LakeVille's Haley Lauria started and ultimately earned the loss, allowing 21 runs (11 earned) in three innings. Lauria also help LakeVille offensively, going 1-for-2 with a two-run RBI double. Brie Macsuga went 1-for-1 with a walk, and Madison McGinn went 1-for-3 with an RBI double.

The Lady Broncos opened the season with a dominant performance over Clio, winning the early game 12-5 and closing out the doubleheader with a 14-4 win.

Schlaud went the distance from the circle in the first game, giving up nine hits and four walks while striking out 10. Ruhlman tallied a pair of homers and four RBI to lead the Broncos. Deshetsky had two hits, including a homerun, two RBI and a stolen base. Emily Ludescher and Keyahna Bryant has two hits and an RBI each. Ragatz added two hits and Sweeney had one and two RBI.

In the late game, Williams pitched five innings, striking out two and allowing four hits, six walks and an earned run. Offensively, North Branch had 10 girls account for 17 hits. Deshetsky led with three hits and an RBI. Ragatz had a pair of hits and three RBI. Ruhlman also had two hits, an RBI and a stolen base. Hyde, DeMeyers and Williams added two hits each. Bryan, Amy Ludescher, Bailey Good and Sweeney had one hit each.

North Branch hosted Goodrich on Friday following press deadlines and will travel to Frankenmuth on Wednesday. LakeVille hosts New Lothrop Monday. — K.R./J.O.

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