Preview: Set for Secchia Celebrations
June 12, 2019
By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor
Michigan State University’s Secchia Stadium could be home to a few more first-time MHSAA title celebrations this weekend.
Half the final fields in Division 1 and Division 2 are pursuing their first championships, as is the top-ranked team and three total in Division 3.
And regardless of who finishes the weekend with wins, nearly none of these players has experienced a championship of this caliber before. Of the other nine teams, only two have won Finals championships over the last four seasons – including Escanaba, which won its first last spring and is seeking a repeat.
See below for a schedule of this weekend’s games, plus glances at all 16 teams that will take the field beginning Thursday.
Semifinals – Thursday
Warren Regina vs. Bay City Western, 3 p.m.
Howell vs. Clarkston, 5:30 p.m.
North Branch vs. Escanaba, 12:30 p.m.
Stevensville Lakeshore vs. Eaton Rapids, 10 a.m.
Semifinals – Friday
Schoolcraft vs. Dundee, 3 p.m.
Millington vs. Standish-Sterling, 5:30 p.m.
Unionville-Sebewaing vs. Rogers City, 12:30 p.m.
Coleman vs. Kalamazoo Christian, 10 a.m.
Finals – Saturday
Division 1: 12:30 p.m.
Division 2: 10 a.m.
Division 3: 5:30 p.m.
Division 4: 3 p.m.
Tickets cost $8 per round and include admission to baseball and girls soccer games those days also at MSU’s Old College Field. Radio broadcasts of all games can be heard online at MHSAAnetwork.com. All games will be streamed live online at MHSAA.tv and viewable on subscription basis.
All statistics below are through Regionals. (Click for links to brackets, scores and a parking map.)
BAY CITY WESTERN
Record/rank: 31-7, No. 7
Coach: Kris Popp, fifth season (149-41)
League finish: First in Saginaw Valley League North
Championship history: Division 1 champion 2014, runner-up 2013.
Players to watch: Tauri Hintz, sr. 1B (.462, 31 R, 12 2B, 9 HR, 43 RBI, 10-2 pitching); Addison Cooley, jr. RF (.446, 39 R, 15 2B, 45 RBI); Adaline Ziehmer, jr. P (.384, 23 R, 15 2B, 30 RBI, 20-3 pitching, 0.62 ERA, 227 K/147 IP); Bristol Bruzewski, jr. SS (.437, 33 R, 13 SB).
Outlook: Bay City Western is 13-1 since splitting with rival Bay City Central midseason, and Western eliminated Central in the District Final as part of a playoff run during which the Warriors have outscored their five opponents by a combined 31-2. Hintz made the all-state first team last season as a pitcher, and senior catcher Megan Mann (.400, 28 RBI) earned honorable mention. They are part of a loaded lineup including seven .400 hitters including as well senior Karlie David (.418, 41 R) and sophomore Savannah Sprague (.440, 34 RBI).
Record/rank: 36-2, No. 2
Coach: Don Peters, 15th season (463-81)
League finish: Tied for first in Oakland Activities Association Red
Championship history: Has never played in an MHSAA Final.
Players to watch: Hannah Cady, jr. C/IF (.560, 56 R, 18 2B, 8 HR, 76 RBI); Sierra Kersten, jr. IF (.539, 44 R, 13 2B, 12 HR, 69 RBI); Olivia Warrington, sr. P/IF (.375, 37 RBI, 17-1 pitching, 0.96 ERA, 175 K/102 1/3 IP); Abbey Tolmie, jr. P/IF (.535, 68 R, 15 2B, 53 RBI, 4-0 pitching, 1.76 ERA).
Outlook: Clarkston has reached at least the Quarterfinals four of the last five seasons, and after missing the Semifinals last spring is back for the second time in three. The Wolves avenged last season’s Quarterfinal loss by edging top-ranked Hartland in the same round this time and also eliminated No. 5 Lake Orion in the District Final. Tolmie, Cady and Warrington all made the all-state first team last season. The team as a whole hits .413 – Mary Gallagher (.463, 34 R) and Anna Skvarce (.385, 39 R) are also among big bats – and Abbey Barta (14-1, 1.77 ERA) has nearly split the pitching with Warrington.
Record/rank: 35-3, No. 3
Coach: Ron Pezzoni, fifth season (164-37-1)
League finish: Tied for first in Kensington Lakes Activities Association West
Championship history: Has never played in an MHSAA Final.
Players to watch: Avrey Wolverton, soph. P/IF (.465, 34 R, 17 HR, 59 RBI, 8-1 pitching, 1.40 ERA, 92 K/50 IP); Molly Carney, jr. P/IF (26-2, 0.68 ERA, 253 K/144 IP); AJ Militello, sr. OF/IF (.532, 71 R, 16 HR, 56 RBI); Maddie Gillett, sr. IF/OF (.551, 61 R, 16 HR, 63 RBI).
Outlook: The powerful Highlanders are back at the Semifinals for the second straight season, and with 62 home runs through the Quarterfinal had surpassed the previous MHSAA single-season record (although they trail New Baltimore Anchor Bay, which hit 63 this spring). Howell shared its league’s title with top-ranked Hartland, a run which no doubt helped prepare the team for a postseason that’s included matchups with No. 9 Richland Gull Lake and honorable mentions St. Joseph and Canton. The Highlanders’ only losses were twice to Hartland and once to Division 3 top-ranked Millington. Wolverton and Militello made the all-state first team last season, and Carney earned honorable mention. Kara Johnson (.451), Maddie Springer (.452) and Rosie McQueen (.396) all help fill out a lineup averaging 11 runs per game.
Record/rank: 28-11, No. 6
Coach: Diane Laffey, 49th season (1,157-478-5)
League finish: Second in Detroit Catholic League Central
Championship history: Six MHSAA titles (most recent 2015).
Players to watch: Leah Munson, sr. 2B (.473, 51 R, 10 2B, 30 RBI); Jacqueline Jozefczyk, jr. P/OF (.390, 30 R, 31 RBI, 6-2 pitching, 3.27 ERA); Marisa Muglia, sr. P/1B (.409, 42 R, 10 2B, 9 HR, 50 RBI, 17-3 pitching, 1.61 ERA, 220 K/134 2/3 IP); Mia Konyvka, soph. P/1B (.417, 29 R, 46 RBI).
Outlook: After falling 1-0 to eventual champion Caledonia in last season’s Semifinal, Regina will take another run at the championship paced in part by an all-state honorable mention pitcher in Muglia and led by the winningest coach in MHSAA softball history. The Saddlelites have outscored their six postseason opponents by a combined 63-12, with Regional wins over honorable mentions Macomb Dakota and Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse. Freshman shortstop Abby Hornberger is another key run producer hitting .322 with 30 RBI.
Record/rank: 39-3, No. 3
Coach: Scott Warriner, 15th season (496-110-4)
League finish: First in Capital Area Activities Conference White
Championship history: Class B runner-up 1981.
Players to watch: Grace Lehto, jr. P (.458, 13 2B, 37 RBI, 30-1 pitching, 0.34 ERA, 342 K/163 IP); Shelby Warner, jr. 3B (.459, 48 R, 13 2B, 37 RBI, 21 SB); Peyton Benjamin, jr. CF (.496, 52 R, 15 2B, 32 SB); Shelby Kunkel soph. OF (.452, 40 R, 6 HR, 44 RBI, 17 SB).
Outlook: After losing just 2-0 to last season’s eventual champion Escanaba in the Semifinal, Eaton Rapids is back with much the same cast. Catcher Sydney Clymer is the lone senior starter, and one of eight Greyhounds back from last season’s lineup. Lehto and Kunkel made the all-state first team in 2018, and a number of others have been just as impressive as the four mentioned above – juniors Kyra Acker (.459, 52 R, 12 2B, 31 SB), Kendi Richardson (.441, 34 R) and Morgan Vanderall (.429, 22 SB) and sophomore Emily Cline (.433, 38 RBI) all also hitting at least .400.
Record/rank: 32-3, No. 1
Coach: Gary Salo, first season (32-3)
League finish: First in Great Northern Conference
Championship history: Division 2 champion 2018, Division 1 runner-up 2003.
Players to watch: Gabi Salo, jr. P (23-2, 0.17 ERA, 321 K/162 2/3 IP, .350, 37 RBI); Lexi Chaillier, sr. OF (.513, 59 R, 12 2B, 39 RBI, 23 SB); Madison Block, jr. 2B (.406, 29 R, 29 RBI); Nicole Kamin, soph. 1B. (.413, 27 RBI, 15 SB, 6-1 pitching, 1.75 ERA).
Outlook: Only four starters are back from last season’s championship lineup – but they are the first four hitters this spring in Chaillier, Kamin, senior catcher Dakota Cloutier (.350, 37 RBI) and two-time all-state pitcher Salo. The Eskymos’ only losses were to Clarkston (see Division 1 semifinalists above), Division 3 top-ranked Millington and No. 5 Gladstone. Salo, who will pitch after high school for University of Wisconsin, has led Escanaba past a number of high-profile opponents during her career, and Chaillier also started for the 2017 team that made the Semifinals. Escanaba has outscored its six postseason opponents by a combined score of 33-1, with shutouts its last two games of No. 5 Muskegon Oakridge and honorable mention Freeland, respectively.
Record/rank: 29-9, honorable mention
Coach: Alyssa Welling, second season (57-22)
League finish: Second in Blue Water Area Conference
Championship history: Has never played in an MHSAA Final.
Players to watch: Reese Ruhlman, sr. SS (.505, 39 R, 8 HR, 34 RBI, 15 SB); Maeson Schlaud, sr. P (.368, 25-2 pitching, 0.96 ERA, 271 K/175 IP); Clare Westphal, soph. CF (.440, 26 R, 10 SB), Claire Lyons, jr. RF (.384, 38 R, 15 SB).
Outlook: North Branch is traveling to the Semifinals for the first time, guided by 2008-09 Lapeer West all-stater Welling in her second season running the program. The Broncos finished second in league play to No. 2 Richmond, but reached MSU outscoring five playoff opponents by a combined score of 46-3. North Branch ran together an impressive string of regular-season wins over Eaton Rapids and honorable mentions Saginaw Swan Valley and Imlay City, and also beat the latter in the District Semifinal. Ruhlman was an all-state first-team selection in 2018. First baseman Autumn Deshetsky joins Schlaud (who has signed with Madonna University) and Ruhlman (Detroit Mercy) as the only seniors and delivers with a .357 average.
Record/rank: 32-10, No. 4
Coach: Denny Dock, 30th season (981-222-2)
League finish: Third in Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference West
Championship history: Seven MHSAA titles (most recent 2014), one runner-up finish.
Players to watch: Sierra Ciesielski, jr. SS (.479, 61 R, 17 2B, 8 HR, 33 RBI); Isabella Najera, jr. P/OF (.456, 41 R, 17 2B, 35 RBI, 9-4 pitching, 109 K/78 IP); Laney Mead, jr. P/OF (.426, 53 R, 16 HR, 68 RBI, 11-3 pitching, 73 K/77 1/3 IP); Meghan Younger, jr. 2B/C (.406, 11 2B, 34 RBI).
Outlook: Lakeshore closed the regular season on a 5-5 string, and a tough schedule surely has paid off as the Lancers have eliminated No. 6 Spring Lake, No. 7 Edwardsburg and reigning Division 2 runner-up South Haven during this run, plus avenged a loss to Niles. Freshman pitcher Gianna Kerschbaum improved to 7-0 with the Quarterfinal win over Spring Lake and is slated to get the start in the Semifinal – she’s also the team’s fifth-leading hitter at .386 and has 40 RBI. Sophomore catcher Shelby Grau (.358, 30 RBI) also is a key bat for a team that has only one senior.
Record/rank: 33-9, No. 2
Coach: Mickey Moody, ninth season (252-88)
League finish: First in Lenawee County Athletic Association
Championship history: Division 3 champion 2013.
Players to watch: McKenna Schmidt, sr. P (.543, 32 R, 15 2B, 9 HR, 45 RBI, 22-2 pitching, 1.06 ERA, 171 K/126 IP); Hannah Tackett, sr. OF (.495, 50 R, 38 RBI, 41 SB); Emma Marion, jr. 3B (.511, 50 R, 37 SB); Emily Killion, fr. C (.494, 24 R, 15 2B).
Outlook: Dundee is making its second trip to the Semifinals, with wins over No. 4 Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central and No. 8 Clinton along the way. The Vikings prepped for the postseason with a tough regular-season schedule, including losses to Division 1 top-ranked Hartland and No. 2 Clarkston. Schmidt, Marion and senior second baseman Ali LaFountain (.380, 30 R) all made the all-state first team last season and help key a lineup with eight regulars hitting at least .375. Senior first baseman Ashley Fieltz (.450, 40 RBI) has been another of the most productive hitters.
Record/rank: 36-2-1, No. 1
Coach: Greg Hudie, 10th season (259-92-1)
League finish: First in Tri-Valley Conference East
Championship history: Division 3 runner-up 2018.
Players to watch: Darrien Roberts, jr. RF (.523, 70 R, 18 2B, 17 HR, 48 RBI); Gabbie Sherman, sr. P (.435, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 21-2 pitching, 0.86 ERA, 243 K/138 IP); Leah Denome, sr. CF (.528, 57 R, 13 2B, 46 RBI, 13 SB, 5-0 pitching, 0.48 ERA); Sydney Bishop, sr. C (.460, 43 R, 41 RBI).
Outlook: The Cardinals missed out on their first championship last season falling 7-6 to Coloma in the title game, and the entire starting lineup returns. Sherman – who will continue at Kent State – made the all-state first team last season with Roberts and Bishop, while Denome (Spring Arbor) and junior first baseman Madi Hahn (.459, 49 RBI) earned honorable mentions. While honorable mention Byron in the Regional Final was the only postseason opponent listed in the final rankings, Millington beat Division 1 No. 3 Howell and No. 5 Lake Orion, Division 2 No. 1 Escanaba, Division 3 No. 5 Gladstone, swept No. 7 Standish-Sterling, North Branch and Division 2 honorable mentions Frankenmuth and Saginaw Swan Valley – and lost to Division 1 No. 2 Clarkston by just a run.
Record/rank: 31-4, honorable mention
Coach: Shane Barry, first season (31-4)
League finish: First in Southwestern Athletic Conference Valley
Championship history: Has never played in an MHSAA Final.
Players to watch: Danielle Blyly, soph. LF (.518, 57 R, 18 2B, 29 RBI), Mikayla Meade, sr. P/3B (.457, 26 RBI, 13-3 pitching, 2.93 ERA); Adrienne Rosey, jr. P/3B (.453, 49 R, 19 2B, 39 RBI, 18 SB, 16-1 pitching, 2.39 ERA, 149 K/91 IP); Katie Parker, jr. 1B/SS (.448, 44 R, 7 HR, 48 RBI).
Outlook: Schoolcraft graduated one of the top power hitters in MHSAA history last spring in Lydia Goble, and bounced back by reaching the Semifinals for the first time. Schoolcraft also might be the only team to defeat two reigning MHSAA champions during the following postseason – the Eagles eliminated reigning Division 3 champ Coloma in the Regional Final after edging 2018 Division 4 winner Centreville the game before. Eight regulars hit at least .365, with sophomores Kelby Goldschmeding (.444) and Jordan Watts (.411) both over .400 as well. Meade is the lone senior starter.
Record/rank: 31-12, No. 7
Coach: Rich Sullivan, fifth season (98-93)
League finish: Second in TVC Central
Championship history: Has never played in an MHSAA Final.
Players to watch: Ashley Roper, jr. C (.451, 33 RBI); Lakin Fryzel, jr. P (.345, 23-6 pitching, 1.36 ERA, 235 K/186 IP); Laiken Ex, jr. OF (.410, 25 RBI, 11 SB); Shay Sullivan, sr. 3B (.364, 16 SB).
Outlook: The Panthers are making their first trip to the Semifinals after winning their first Regional title and also after finishing 17-21 only two seasons ago. Ex, Sullivan and Fryzel all earned all-state honorable mentions last season, and Sullivan is the only senior in the starting hitting lineup. Standish-Sterling has outscored its six postseason opponents by a combined 31-3, with wins along the way over No. 10 Negaunee, No. 6 Sanford Meridian and honorable mention Pinconning. The Panthers also swept Division 2 honorable mention Saginaw Swan Valley and split with Division 2 No. 2 Richmond during the regular season.
Record/rank: 35-7, No. 1
Coach: Chad Klopf, ninth season (241-94)
League finish: First in Mid-State Activities Conference
Championship history: Division 4 champion 2005, runner-up 2018.
Players to watch: Jaden Berthume, sr. P/3B (.440, 40 R, 34 RBI, 24-4 pitching, 1.59 ERA, 142 K/154 IP); Katelyn Pnacek (.438, 52 R, 51 RBI, 15 SB); Makailyn Monson (.427, 44 R, 32 SB); Abigail Tubbs (.376, 46 R, 37 RBI).
Outlook: Coleman has won five straight Regional titles and is making its third straight trip to the Semifinals, with seven of nine starters returning from last season’s run. Berthume made the all-state first team last season, and Monson earned honorable mention. All nine regulars hit .307 or higher, juniors Zoe Merillat (.379) and Brianna Townsend (.356, 39 RBI) also among the leaders. Coleman eliminated No. 7 Holton and honorable mention Beal City on the way to East Lansing.
Record/rank: 30-8, No. 2
Coach: Kevin Lewis, second season (58-18)
League finish: Second in SAC Valley
Championship history: Seven MHSAA titles (most recent 2013), four runner-up finishes.
Players to watch: Jayme Koning, sr. P/C (.529, 35 R, 14 2B, 13 HR, 52 RBI, 14-5 pitching, 1.83 ERA, 121 K/107 IP); Sydney Duong, sr. SS (.436, 61 R, 12 HR, 32 RBI, 27 SB); Zoe Hazelhoff, soph. P/3B (.405, 39 RBI, 13-2 pitching, 1.44 ERA, 102 K/97 IP); Megan Snook, jr. 2B/P (.344, 36 R, 27 RBI).
Outlook: This will be Kalamazoo Christian’s fifth Semifinal appearance in seven seasons and first since 2017, and the Comets finished runners-up in 2014 and 2015 after winning Division 4 in 2013. They’ve won their six tournament games this time by a combined score of 49-6, including a win over No. 6 Three Oaks River Valley in the Regional Final, and after finishing second in the SAC Valley to Division 3 semifinalist Schoolcraft. Duong made the all-state first team last season, and she and Koning are the team’s only seniors in addition to being its leading hitters.
Record/rank: 27-7, No. 4
Coach: Karl Grambau, 16th season (462-164)
League finish: First in North Star League Big Dipper
Championship history: Division 4 champion 2014, two runner-up finishes.
Players to watch: Kyrsten Altman, jr. P/2B (.390, 37 R, 24 RBI, 18-5 pitching, 1.75 ERA, 176 K/132 IP); Amanda Wirgau, sr. C (.537, 42 R, 18 2B, 34 RBI); Jeffra Dittmar, soph. 1B (.352, 24 RBI); Taylor Fleming, sr. SS (.444, 50 R, 7 HR, 33 RBI).
Outlook: Rogers City is another return semifinalist after winning its fourth straight Regional title and fifth consecutive league championship. Fleming and Altman earned all-state honorable mentions last spring, and Wirgau and third baseman Catheryn Hart (.329, 23 RBI) are joined by Dittmar in filling out the middle of the lineup. A 7-0 win over No. 3 Onaway in the Regional Final has been the highlight of the playoffs after Rogers City earned regular-season victories over No. 6 Three Oaks River Valley and No. 9 Unionville-Sebewaing – Rogers City sees USA again on Friday.
Record/rank: 29-9, No. 9
Coach: Isaiah Gainforth, third season (90-27)
League finish: First in Greater Thumb Conference West
Championship history: Five MHSAA titles (most recent 2016), three runner-up finishes.
Players to watch: Rylee Zimmer, sr. SS (.496, 56 R, 14 2B, 10 HR, 51 RBI, 19 SB); Maci Montgomery, soph. C (.398, 53 R, 29 RBI); Brynn Polega, soph. 1B/P (.471, 39 R, 53 RBI, 22-5 pitching, 1.91 ERA, 228 K/137 1/3 IP); Delanie Pavlichek, sr. DP (.398, 34 RBI).
Outlook: USA won its 16th straight Regional title last weekend and will play in its second straight Semifinal and 13th in 14 seasons. A championship game berth would be the Patriots’ first since the last championship season in 2016; Zimmer scored as a pinch runner in the Semifinal that year as a freshman. She and Montgomery made the all-state first team last season, and Pavlichek earned an honorable mention. Freshman Macy Reinhardt is part of the next crew of standouts – she was hitting .410, third on the team, entering the week.
PHOTO: Coleman's Makailyn Monson connects during her team's District win over Beal City earlier this month. (Click to see more from HighSchoolSportsScene.com.)
Owosso Ace's Strikeout Total Stacks Up with State's All-Time Best
By Geoff Kimmerly
MHSAA.com senior editor
January 4, 2023
Owosso’s Macy Irelan earned 11 entries in the MHSAA record book over her three-year varsity career that came to a close last spring, most notably with her 1,157 strikeouts despite the 2020 season being canceled due to COVID-19.
Irelan’s career strikeouts were the second-most in the state since the pitching distance was lengthened three feet in 2011. She finished 31-7 last spring with a 1.43 ERA and 414 strikeouts in 229 2/3 innings in earning the Miss Softball Award for pitching.
She also hit .551 with 21 doubles last season, and her 55 career doubles over 117 games and three seasons made that category career list. She’s continuing her career at Kent State.
See below for more recent additions to the softball record book:
Unionville-Sebewaing’s dominating run to the 2021 Division 4 championship was filled with seven record book-worthy highlights, including many near the top of all-time lists. In going 40-3, the Patriots tied their season record for wins for the second time. Their 502 runs scored ranked third all-time, with their 493 hits tied for ninth, their 114 doubles second, their 49 home runs also tied for ninth, their 431 RBI also second and their 503 strikeouts thrown ranking third. Senior Brynn Polega completed her career with 13 record book entries despite her junior season being canceled because of COVID-19; she added listings for 71 runs, 79 hits, a third-best 28 doubles, 11 homers, 70 RBI, four perfect games pitching and 365 strikeouts, among others. Then-junior Laci Harris made lists with 77 runs, 83 hits, 22 doubles, 14 homers and 78 RBI, while then-junior Macy Reinhardt was added for 78 runs and then-freshman Gabriella Crumm was added for 16 doubles. Polega, Harris and Reinhardt also posted entries for single-game accomplishments. Polega is playing at Northwood and Harris at Madonna.
Big Rapids set a school record for wins in 2021 in finishing 34-7, a run which included a number of accomplishments that reached the record book. The Cardinals scored 439 runs – tied for 12th on that list – and also as a team were added for 428 hits, 82 doubles and 363 RBI, which tied for 10th all-time. Marissa Warren made the individual hits list with 71, while Hanna Smith earned an entry with 20 doubles and Rylie Haist followed with 19. Josie Cornell was added with 40 walks drawn. Warren, Smith and Haist were added for single-game accomplishments as well, as was Madison Affer from a 2019 game. Haist, Smith and Cornell are seniors this school year, and Warren is a junior. Smith has signed with Ferris State.
A pair of Bad Axe standouts earned record book entries in 2021 with their work at the plate. Haley Newland made the single-season doubles list with 19, and Brooke Messing was added for seven RBI in a game that saw her hit a grand slam and three-run homer. Newland graduated last spring and Messing is a senior this school year.
Montrose then-freshman Lainey Cannon made two record book lists with her performance April 25 against Montrose. She hit three home runs to make the single-game list in that category, and also made the single-game RBI list with eight.
Capac then-sophomore Madalyn Roberson made the record book three times with her performance May 9 against Brown City. She hit two home runs in back-to-back at bats, both during the fifth inning, and also drove in six runs for the game.
Spring Lake standouts now fill the record book after the addition of 55 individual and 23 team entries dating back to the 2000 season. Among listings ranking highest in their respective categories were Madelyn Nelson’s 81 runs in 2018, which tied for seventh all-time; Nelson’s 250 career runs from 2015-18) that rank seventh and Lauren Hellman’s 249 career runs also from 2015-18 that rank eighth on that list; Nelson’s 84 hits in 2018 that are tied for 12th-most all-time and her 264 career hits that rank 11th, Leah Vaughan’s 26 doubles in 2019 that rank seventh, Evie Lorimer’s 16 triples in 2011 that are tied for eighth and her 37 career triples from 2010-12 that are ranked fourth, Vaughan’s 23 career times being hit by pitch from 2016-19 which rank second, and Lorimer’s 92 stolen bases in 2012 that rank second (with all 92 coming consecutively to tie for fifth on that list) and 183 career steals that rank 11th. As a team, Spring Lake in 2017 ranked seventh all-time with 501 hits over 42 games, fourth with 109 doubles and eighth with 34 triples. The 2018 team ranks 11th with 441 runs scored over 41 games, 10th with 497 hits and tied for ninth with 100 doubles. Valerie Alter, Linsey Paggeot, Jenna Core, Molly Poole, Alicia Mumby, Leah Anton, Ann Marie Galloway and Rachael Adams also earned individual entries. Nelson went on to play at Grand Valley State, Vaughan plays at Aquinas College, Lorimer played at Central Michigan, Alter played at Jacksonville University (Fla.), Poole plays at Cornerstone University and Mumby played at Lansing Community College. Core plays volleyball at Hope College.
Freeland’s offense earned five record book entries during the team’s 26-12 season in 2022, including for 412 runs scored, 442 hits, 78 doubles, 336 RBI and a .400 team batting average. Three individuals also earned entries – sophomore Addie Steffen for a 20-game hitting streak and seven RBI in a game, junior Evelynn Rybicki for six RBI in a game and freshman Brynn Jaime for getting hit by a pitch twice in the same inning.
Chloe Parker hit .604 last spring and made the records with 20 doubles over 33 games for Niles Brandywine. She’s a junior this school year.
A series of record book entries were added for past and present Zeeland West standouts. Carly Sleeman was added for 73 runs, 75 hits, 27 doubles and 12 home runs in 2021 as a sophomore, while Lily Brower was added for 72 runs, 17 triples and 11 homers, plus 38 doubles and 29 triples over a four-year varsity career. Sleeman’s 27 doubles are tied for fifth-most in one season, and Brower’s 17 triples are tied for fourth on that list. Haley Hoogenraad was added for 70 hits and 17 doubles as a junior in 2015, 19 doubles as a senior, and 49 doubles and 24 triples over her four-year career from 2013-16. Kenzie Siersma was added for 17 doubles in 2017 and 54 over her career from 2016-19, while Courtney Sleeman made the season home runs list with 15 in 2015 and Sarah VanValkenburg made the career RBI list with 152 from 2014-17. Emily Brands was added for hitting consecutive home runs in the same inning, May 7 against Reese; she graduated this spring. Hoogenraad went on to play at University of Michigan, Courtney Sleeman played at Western Michigan, Siersma plays at West Virginia Tech, Brower played last season at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and Carly Sleeman has signed with Central Michigan.
PHOTO Owosso’s Macy Irelan unloads a pitch during the 2021 Division 2 Final.