Molly VanDeKeere tossed a two-hitter in the first game as Niles swept Kalamazoo Central Tuesday. The Vikings swept the Maroon Giants. (Daily Star Photo/File)

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Niles sweeps Maroon Giants

Published 11:10pm Tuesday, May 15, 2012

After weeks of working its way through an extremely tough schedule with ranked opponent after ranked opponent, the Niles softball team got a bit of a breather Tuesday.

The Vikings swept a pair of Big 16 Conference West Division softball games from visiting Kalamazoo Central. Both games lasted just five innings.

Niles won the opening game 13-1 behind a two-hitter by Molly VanDeKeere. The Vikings then completed the sweep with an 11-0 win in the second game.

Megan McKeel picked up the win with relief help from VanDeKeere. The pair combined on a two-hitter.

Niles blasted the ball over the park, finishing with three home runs and two doubles out of its 10 hits in the first game, Niles had three doubles and nine hits in the second contest.

Sarah Cramer and Tala Gentry each had a big day at the plate. Gentry singled, doubled and homered, while Cramer doubled and homered. VanDeKeere had an inside-the-park home run.

Courtney Ankrapp added a pair of hits.

In the second game, Brooke Wilson had a pair of singles and a double for the Vikings. Ankrapp finished with two doubles.

First game

Central 000 00 – 0 2

Niles 445 0x – 13 10

Molly VanDeKeere (W) and Kylee Myer; Della Verst (L) and Tyler Deem

2B: Tala Gentry (N), Sarah Cramer (N)

HR: VandDeKeere (N), Gentry (N), Cramer (N)

Second game

Central 000 00 – 0 2

Niles 343 1x – 11 9

Megan McKeel (W), Molly VanDeKeere (3) and Hannah Porterfield; Marissa Janssen (L) and Norma Hazard

2B: Courtney Ankrapp (N) 2, Brooke Wilson (N)

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