The Niles softball team shows off its championship hardware at Gull Lake Saturday. (Submitted photo)
The Niles softball team shows off its championship hardware at Gull Lake Saturday. (Submitted photo)

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Niles wins Gull Lake Bronze Division

Published 8:30am Sunday, April 27, 2014

RICHLAND — The Niles softball team wrapped up a pretty impressive week by winning the Bronze Division of the Gull Lake Invitational Saturday.

The Vikings went 7-0 by sweeping Portage Northern and Bridgman earlier in the week and then winning all three games at the tournament.

Niles defeated Carlson 13-9 in the opening round before routing Haslett 17-2 in three innings and defeating Marine City 12-6 in the title game.

Tala Gentry was the winning pitcher in all three games for the Vikings. She also doubled against Carlson and Haslett. Courtney Ankrapp tripled in the title game.

“I was happy how we did not let adversity set us back today and battle through it,” Niles coach Ryan Frontczak said. “We played team ball today. We did a great job of picking each other up today. Our girls did what they had to do today. I would have to say our bats once again came through for us when times were tough.

“It’s funny how when most teams are down they get freaked out. But with this team it seems to be just a matter of time and we will have our big inning. Once we have that big inning lookout. I thought we did a great job of battling today and competing to win this.”

 

Gull Lake Invitational

Bronze Division

First game

Carlson           008     10 – 9

Niles                710     05 – 13

Tala Gentry (W)

2B: Gentry (N)

 

Second game

Haslett            002 – 2

Niles                (10) 2 5 – 17

Tala Gentry (W)

2B: Gentry (N)

 

Third game

Niles                  031     203     3 – 12

Marine City    500     001     x – 6

Tala Genty (W)

3B: Courtney Ankrapp

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