Big Rapids Women’s Softball Team Closes in on Central State Activities Association Gold Championship

BIG RAPIDS — It was all Big Rapids on Friday in a pair of 15-0 softball Cardinals wins over the Chippewa Hills Warriors.

Big Rapids is now 19-1 and undefeated in the Central State Activities Association Gold Division.

Rylie Haist threw a pair of hits for Big Rapids. She whipped up six batters in the first game and four in the second.

“Offensively, we were very disciplined and aggressive early on,” Big Rapids coach Dawn Thompson said. “We hit the ball with a lot of power throughout our lineup. I like that we continue to score a lot of runs with two outs. Rylie Haist was off on the mound and our defense didn’t commit a only mistake in both games.

Big Rapids bats keep exploding. In Game 1, Marissa Warren had two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs, Calin Knoop had three hits and four RBIs. Emma Daum had two hits and three RBIs while Mackenzie Ososki had two hits and an RBI, Pharis Carroll had one hit and two RBIs while Jaylynn Gray had one hit and RBI and Hanna Smith had a hit.

In Game 2, Josie Cornell and Carroll both had three hits and two RBIs. Warren had three hits and three RBIs. Haist had two hits and three RBIs. Daum had one hit and three RBIs. Smith and Knoop had one hit each.

“We went out with intensity and put it away,” Knoop said.

“Tonight’s game was our addiction awareness game,” Thompson said. “We lost one of our BRHS softball alumni, Amy Barratt, last summer to illness. Amy was a first-team all-state first baseman, an excellent student, and a person even better. We wanted to raise awareness of the disease while educating ourselves and those around us. I want to thank 10-16 and Cody Colwell for bringing information to share with our players and fans.

Big Rapids, 8-0 in CSAA Gold, is at home Tuesday against Grant. Chippewa hills is home Monday with Central Montcalm.

“We didn’t hit, we didn’t play on the court and we didn’t play well,” Chippewa Hills coach DJ Newman said. “Big Rapids has a good team.”

Devart 1-1

Evart was 1-1 in Thursday’s softball action.

Ogemaw Heights won Game 1 5-3. Kylynn Thompson took the loss for Evart, striking out three and allowing 10 hits. Ally Theunick hit a home run for Evart.

Evart won the second match 3-1. Katelynn Gostlin scored a two-point brace. Gray was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits and a run while striking out 10 and walking none. JoJo Tiedt had three hits for Evart.

Pine River 15, Lakeview 5

Pine River 15, Lakeview 6

Amanda Hill was the winning pitcher in Game 1 for Pine River on Thursday. She fanned five batters and scattered four hits. Hill had four hits and three RBIs. Lani Spark had three RBIs.

In Game 2, Sadler Mumby was the winning pitcher, striking out seven and allowing five hits and five walks.

Hill had four hits and two RBIs.

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