GLADWIN COUNTY – Local girls saw plenty of action last weekend as the softball season returned in force following the Fourth of July holiday. The Mid Michigan Heat 13U, 14U and 18U teams all played along with the FireStix.
Mid Michigan Heat 13U
The Heat traveled to St. Helen for four games at the Richfield Township Park last weekend. Their first game was on Saturday morning against the Saginaw Golds. The Heat got their bats going early jumping out to a 7-3 lead after two innings. They put the game away with four runs in the fourth inning on their way to an 11-6 win.
Tessa Cameron went the distance for the Heat throwing five innings giving up only six hits and three earned runs. The Heat had 10 hits in the game. Cameron and Sami Musselman had two apiece while Carlie Ehler and Sadie Schuler each had two RBIs. Assistant coach Ryan Cameron mentioned, “our bats really came alive in this game and we did a good job of keeping our errors down.”
Cameron said, “Schuler and Musselman pitched well” in the second game on Saturday against the Great Lakes Thunder. “Several Thunder hits dropped in the gaps.” They only gave up six hits between them. Laken Longstreth led the way offensively going three for three in the game. Cameron, Musselman, Ehler and Jadyn Bair each had two hits. Abby Northrup collected two RBIs.
The Heat got back on track Sunday morning when they pounded SWAT 15-1. They picked up nine hits in only two at bats. Cameron hit two inside the park homeruns. Ava Gary had a triple and Ehler had two RBIs and a double in the game. Sadie Schuler “pitched exceptionally,” said Cameron. She gave up one hit and struck out five batters over three innings.
Game four was a rematch with the Thunder and was another high scoring game. The Thunder came out on top again 10-9. The Heat scored three runs in the top of the sixth to grab a 9-7 lead before the Thunder scored three of their own in the bottom of the inning for the walk off win.
Gary was one of five Heat batters with two hits in the game. One of her hits was a second inning homerun. Kayla Newman, Madison Shell, Longstreth, and Bair also had two hits. Gary had three RBIs and Newman had two. “Our girls did very well this weekend,” said head coach John Bair. “Our team batting average is way up from last year and the defense is really improving.” He went on to say, “the game went back and forth, it was a good game.”
Mid Michigan Heat 14U
The Heat were in Mt. Pleasant for a series of games this weekend starting on Saturday morning. The weekend started out great as the Heat pounded the Salt River Lady Bandits 18-0 in three innings. The Heat bats were hot pounding out 11 hits and 10 earned runs. Meagan Farrell had three hits and three RBIs while Grace Simpson chipped in with two hits and two RBIs. Rachel Mecca got the start and victory for the Heat. She gave up one hit and struck out three.
Simpson threw five shutout innings in Saturdays second game a 8-0 win over the Mt. Pleasant Drillers. The score looks deceiving, but the game was close the whole way. The Heat took a 1-0 lead into the top of the sixth before they exploded for seven runs to put the game away. The Heat had runners on first and second with one out when Alaina Neubecker doubled to centerfield driving in Maddy Bass and Farrell. Neubecker took third on the throw and later scored on a passed ball making the score 4-0. Four more runs gave the Heat an 8-0 lead going into the bottom of the inning. Simpson got the final three outs for the win.
The Heat played Moran Ironworks in the first game on Sunday. Moran scored twice in the top of the first and held a 3-1 lead going into the bottom of the fourth. The Heat scored three times in the inning on four walks and singles by Farrell and Grace Chinavare to take the lead. Another run in the fifth gave them a 5-3 win. Simpson pitched the final four innings to pick up the win. Katie Chinavare had two hits in the game including a homerun. Grace Chinavare and Farrell also had two hits.
The final game of the weekend was with the Drillers who jumped out to a 9-0 lead before the Heat got on the board with one run in the bottom of the third. The Driller responded with three more runs in the top of the fourth and won 12-1. Driller pitching held the Heat to five hits with two apiece by Grace Chinavare and Mae Guzman. Simpson had the only Heat RBI.
Mid Michigan Heat 18U
The Heat split a pair of games over the weekend beating the Michigan Gold Rush 8-6 and falling to the Alpena Mystics 6-5. Lyndsey Fillenworth pitched the first game against the Gold Rush going five innings for the win. Baylee Blaine had two hits, Zoe Merillat, Molly Gerow, Logan Mathews, Amber Hochstetler, Fillenworth and Averie Bassage each had one. Rayne Myers, Abbie Tubbs, Mathews and Fillenworth each had an RBI.
Alpena took a 6-3 lead into the top of the fifth and had to hold on as the Heat scored two runs to make it close. Bassage had two RBIs in the game. Mathews had two hits, Kylie Herkel and Myers each had one.
The FireStix were 6-1 over the weekend. Beaverton’s Mady Pahl was had seven hits in 15 at bats for an average of .466. She scored seven runs and had three RBIs. She is batting .380 for the season with 27 hits and 15 RBIs.