Wayland shortstop Sierra Mutschler (left) prepares to make a throw to first base for a potential double play after recording the force out at second base.

Wayland beats defending state champ en route to winning tourney

Jason Wesseldyk

The first game Wayland played at Ann Arbor Huron Softball Tournament had a state-championship feel to it.
And with good reason.
The Wildcats, ranked first in Division 2, were taking on second-ranked and defending Division 2 state champ Tecumseh.
“We knew Tecumseh was in our pool, but then the tournament director came up to me and said we were playing them right off the bat,” Wayland coach Cheri Ritz said. “He was really excited to have one-two battling it out. It was definitely a huge test.”
It was a test the Wildcats passed, winning that game 6-4. And the winning didn’t stop as Wayland went a perfect 7-0 in the tournament, culminating with a 9-4 decision over Saline in the championship game on Saturday, May 17.
The tournament title was the second in a row for the Wildcats (31-1) and their fourth since 2007.

For full story, pick up a copy of the May 22 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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