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Errors costly in Dowagiac loss

Published 11:23pm Thursday, April 26, 2012

The defensive and offensive woes of the Dowagiac softball team continued Thursday.

The Chieftains committed six errors and had just six hits in a Wolverine Conference doubleheader loss to visiting Vicksburg.

The Bulldogs won the opener 14-1 and then completed the sweep with a 13-0 win in the nightcap. Both games lasted just five innings.

“We continue to struggle defensively tonight against a good Vicksburg team,” Dowagiac coach Mike Behnke said. “Right now, we are having trouble making some of the routine plays, which are leading to big innings for the other team.

“Our schedule doesn’t get any easier with St. Joe on Monday and South Haven on Tuesday.”

Rachel Bailey and Shelby Huston had the two hits for the Chieftains in the first game. Amanda Craft and Corinne Kasper were both 2-for-2 in the nightcap.

First game

Vicksburg 091 31 – 14 11 1

Dowagiac 000 01 – 1 2 4

Amber Beal (W) and Clara Schriemer; Taylor Meiser (L), Katie Ward (5) and Kourtney Mitchell

2B: Audrey Jensen (V), Anna Spanseller (V), Rachel Esptein (V), Amber Ballard (V), Schriemer (V)

HR: Sponseller (V)

Second game

Dowagiac 000 00 – 0 4 2

Vicksburg 406 3x – 13 14 0

Kayla Davenport (W) and Savannah Johnson; Tori Smith (L) and Kourtney Mitchell

2B: Audrey Jenson (V)

HR: Amber Ballard (V) 2, Johnson (V)

JV softball

The Dowagiac JV softball team split a doubleheader with Vicksburg Thursday.

The Chieftains (6-6) won the opener 6-1, but dropped the nightcap 7-5.

Riley Daly had a triple for Dowagiac in the first game. The Chieftains also got multiple hits from Bri McCuddy and Courtney Hunsberger.

Sabrina Ruiz picked up the victory as she struck out a pair. She suffered the loss in the nightcap.

Hunsberger doubled for Dowagiac, which also got a triple from Leela Smith-Ferrier. Alyssa Casey had multiple hits.

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