TRAVERSE CITY – The Mid Michigan Heat played seven games last weekend on their way to a championship in the Traverse City Softball Spectacular Tournament. The Heat outscored their opponents 47-13 over the weekend. The closest game of the weekend was also their first, a 5-5 tie with the Lady Lakers on Friday afternoon. The game ended in a tie due to time restrictions.
Lyndsey Fillenworth threw a three inning no hitter against the Northwest Michigan Wild in the first game on Saturday morning. The game was called after three innings with the Heat leading 15-0. The Heat collected 11 hits in the game, Mady Pahl and Amber Hochstetler had two hits apiece. Grace Beardsley picked up three RBIs. Game two on Saturday had the Heat facing BATS. Molly Gerow got the start and the win for the Heat giving up only four hits while striking out three in the 9-1 win. Kylie Herkel had the big bat for Mid Michigan with two hits and three RBIs. Gerow had three hits Hochstetler, and Zoe Merillat had two RBIs.
The Heat played BATS again on Sunday morning and this time the game was much closer. Mid Michigan was only able to manage four hits in the game but made the most of them in the 3-1 decision. Hochstetler again led the way with two hits Averie Bassage and Logan Matthews each had an RBI. Merillat gave up only five hits herself in the winning effort. The West Michigan Outlaws put up a good fight against the Heat in Sunday’s second game. Fillenworth got the start and held the Outlaws to only five hits as the Heat took a 5-4 win. Once again tough pitching from an opponent held the Heat down. They trailed 4-3 heading into the bottom of the fifth. Fillenworth led off the inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Pahl. Molly Gerow reached base on an error and both scored on a double by Merillat.
Gerow threw a three hit shut out in the semi-finals against the Lady Laker Powers to lead the Heat to a 6-0 win. Mid Michigan racked up 10 hits in the game with Herkel getting two hits and two RBIs. Merillat also had two RBIs and Gerow helped her own cause with two hits. The championship game saw the Heat playing the other Laker Lady team for the second time. The first game had ended in a 5-5 tie on Friday. Fillenworth got the start and win 4-2. She gave up seven hits and struck out four in the game. The big inning for the Heat was the second when they scored three runs to open up a 4-0 lead. Mid Michigan got only one hit in the inning, but that and two walks allowed them to push three runs across. Once again the Heat was out hit by an opponent, but took advantage of their opportunities to get a win. Mid Michigan is now 18-1-1 on the season.