J.V. Softball · No Monday Blues for JV Softball

The Lady Eagles swooped into Comstock Park on Monday afternoon and took both games of a double header. With great at bats and stellar defense combined with two pitchers (Lauren Schnicke and Makenah Ellicott) pitching great games. In the first game of the night we scored three in the first, one in the third, and three in the fourth. But that was all we could muster against the Panthers. We held the Panthers scoreless for six stressful innings as they had multiple base runners on in each of the first six innings. Our defense made play after play. Kaley Rice catching threw a Panther out trying to steal second. Kaylyn Wilson snagged a ripped line drive headed for the gap in right center. Kent City was up 7-0 at the start of the seventh inning. Comstock Park would not go quietly though. We let our concentration slip for a second and we stopped making plays. A hit batter, two errors, a perfect bunt that we fielded and threw into right field, and a couple of hits from the Panthers had the game at 7-5 with only one out. We had a conference in the circle, talked about regaining our focus and making the plays that we have practiced. We got the next two batters out to seal the win. Offensively Nicole McCullough kept her hot hitting going. Ripping two doubles to left field. Kaylyn Wilson got on base all three times she batted scoring one run for us. Seven of the nine starters scored one run each for us and we needed them all. Great team effort.
Game two was even better. The Lady Eagles did not let up. beating the Panthers 19-7 in 6 innings. Offensively we were led AGAIN by Nicole McCullough whose bat had to be iced after the game (it was red hot). She doubled in the first, singled in the second, doubled in the third, walked in the fifth and singled in the sixth. Scoring four times. Maddy Maycroft was back in the line up after a long layoff. She got on base five times with two singles a triple and two walks scoring twice. Kylee Fisk had three singles and walked twice. She worked all winter in our off season hitting practices. She made it to almost everyone of them — nice to see her hard work paying off. Madelyn Ellicott got on base five times scoring twice. Defensively we played well with Nicole McCullough snagging a line drive at third and tagging the runner who was off third base for a double play. Or even when we made a mistake we had the presence of mind to keep playing. We had a grounder hit to second where we bobbled the ball picked it up and threw to first where we dropped the ball. There was a runner on second who tried to score while this carnival of errors was going on. We kept playing we did not drop our heads we did not yell at one another. One of our teammates was yelling four four four. Letting us know the runner was going home. We picked up the ball and threw a strike to our catcher who was in position and ready for the ball to get the runner out at home to end the inning. Great job ladies! Makenah Ellicott got her first win pitching a complete game against a tough hitting Panther team. We had fun, played as a team and got better. What more could a coach ask for? Special thanks to Carla Campbell and Bobby McCullough for helping transport the ballers on short notice. Come watch these Lady Eagles soar on Saturday at Newaygo with 9:00 am and 11:00 am start times.