Saugatuck softball finds offensive groove
A doubleheader sweep over North Muskegon on Saturday, April 25, completed a busy five-day stretch for the Saugatuck softball team.
The Indians, who defeated North Muskegon 13-8 and 14-10, played six games in a five-day span beginning on Thurs-day, April 23.
Saugatuck also swept Ban-gor, winning 17-2 and 19-10, while falling to Tri County by scores of 15-13 and 22-21 on Tuesday, April 21.
Against North Muskegon, Rita Maslanka led the offensive charge with three singles, a double, a triple, five runs and four RBI in the two games. Shelby Laarman also had a big day with two singles, a double, a home run, three runs and four RBI, while Melody Antel added two singles, a double, a triple, four runs and two RBI.
“We continued to hit the ball extremely hard,” Sauga-tuck coach Matt Diaz said. “We had some girls hitting shots to the gaps pretty hard and we were getting some quality at bats by everyone in the lineup.
“I was proud of the effort and energy by my team. We came out pretty fired up. North Muskegon is a really good program and to be able to take two from them is pretty exciting for our program.”
Emma Harry picked up the win in game one and the save in game two. Danielle DeMond was the winning pitcher in game two.
Harry also excelled in the twinbill with Bangor, picking up both wins with a combined five strikeouts and five walks. At the plate, she collected five hits—including two doubles and a triple—scored five runs and drove in five runs. Laarman had two singles, a triple, five runs and four RBI.
“This was the start of divisional play so it is always nice to start out on a high note,” Diaz said. “We did a good job being patient at the plate and waiting for pitches we could drive. The team did a great job taking care of business and picking each other up.”
The wins over Bangor got the Indians back on the winning track after suffering the two tough losses against Tri County despite the 34 runs Saugatuck scored in the two games.
“These two games were very hard to take for losses,” Diaz said. “When you score that many runs and don’t come out on top, it’s hard. Our offense has been strong all year.”
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