Junior Varsity Softball · Ellicott and VanderLugt Shine In Two Wins

Kent City traveled to Muskegon to play Orchard View on Monday night. Coming off a tourney championship I thought our team might have the Monday blues. These Eagles came to play! Makenah Ellicott took the circle in game one. She was on her game getting six strikeouts and allowing only one walk. She is a great leader on this team. She pitches she catches. She would sell hot dogs between games if we asked her to. Defensively we were solid making 0 errors in the game.  If you strike out six and walk one and have zero errors you are going to win a lot of games.  Offensively we ripped the softball all over the field.  Home runs by Taryn Preston (shocking) Kaylyn Wilson and Makenah Ellicott.  Triples by Madison Bonter and Ava Wright. Doubles by Hannah VanderLugt and Makenah Ellicott. Kent City wins game one 18-8

Game two featured Hannah VanderLugt in the circle. Hannah has not pitched all year. She worked very hard in the off-season pitching. But because of circumstances she has not been needed to pitch. Taryn our number one pitcher pitched two games on Saturday.  So it was time for someone else to step up. Hannah was up to the task. Getting three strikeouts and allowing only one run in four innings. This girl can do anything she sets her mind to. Offensively we struggled in game two. Still not sure why. We have had two spurts where we swing and miss too much. But this team has found a way to win both of those games. they are a resilient group. Ellicott stayed hot at the dish going 2-2 with a walk. Madison Bonter scored three of our twelve runs. Brooklyn Reed scored twice with a double mixed in. With the game in hand, we brought out our secret weapon. Kylee Fisk, who earlier in the season, on one of the 1000 rainy days while practicing inside the gym said she could pitch in one of the drills we were doing. She did a fair job throwing 40% strikes with a little speed. We joked then that she was our emergency pitcher from now on. She struck out the first batter she faced and got the next two out of three out securing our win. Lady Eagles win game two 12-2. We are starting to do the little things right. It is fun to watch. Myself and assistant coach Kaylee Campbell are yelling, I mean coaching less and less because these young ladies are getting it. Come watch these young ballers play Holton on Tuesday at Kent City.  They are fun to watch!