Wayland junior Mallory Teunissen (4) jumps for joy after younger sister Bethany Teunissen scored to tie the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning in a state semifinal against Livonia Ladywood.

Heartbreak for Wayland

Wildcats suffer 10-inning loss in state semifinals
Jason Wesseldyk

The Wayland softball team managed to dodge one potentially season-ending bullet in its Division 2 semifinal with Livonia Ladywood on Thursday, June 12.

The Wildcats weren’t able to do it twice.

After rallying for two runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to knot the score at 3-3, Wayland had runners at second and third with two outs in the bottom of the 10ths trailing 4-3.

This time, Ladywood pitcher Rozlyn Price got Wildcat senior Sierra Mutschler—she of the .513 batting average and 12 home runs—to line out to second baseman Erika Selakowksi. That ended the game and the Wildcats’ dream of a state championship.

The loss, which snapped a 40-game win streak for coach Cheri Ritz’s top-ranked squad, brought Wayland’s final record to 42-2.

“The excitement was there and when you win 42 ballgames, our girls knew they could do it,” Ritz said. “We had the talent to do it, but the other team did too. It's two good teams going at it. It's what it's about.”

For full story, pick up a copy of the June 19 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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