Dowagiac sweeps Wolverine Conference foes

Published 11:16 am Monday, May 18, 2015

OTSEGO — The Dowagiac softball team went 2-0 in the Wolverine Conference consolation tournament at Otsego Saturday.

The Chieftains defeated Allegan 15-1 and Sturgis 10-0.

In the first game, Megan Soderbloom tossed a one-hitter with seven strikeouts.

Dowagiac finished with 10 hits against the Tigers, including a 3-for-3 performance with two RBIs from Taylor Hulett.

Soderbloom was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI, while Alyssa Allen was 2-for-3 with a double an an RBI. McKenzie Herter also had two hits and an RBI, while Mickie Kiggins doubled and drove in a run.

Soderbloom struck out eight and allowed two hits in the second game against Sturgis.

The Chieftains had nine hits. Herter was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Kiggins, Riley Daly and Allen all doubled.

“We knew what we had to do today and we came out and did it,” Dowagiac coach Mike Behnke said. “We knew Allegan has struggled this year and our plan was to take out some frustrations we’ve had lately and we did. And then we did the same to Sturgis. I challenged the girls to stay focus and do the little things right and we would have two mercy games and that is exactly what happened. We are getting better defensively and Megan Soderbloom has pitched well with Taylor Hulett being shut down with an arm injury.”


Wolverine Conference Tournament

At Otsego

First Game

Allegan           000 – 0 1 1

Dowagiac        30(12) – 15 10 0

Megan Soderbloom (W, 7-5) and Mickie Kiggins; Maka (L), Moeller (1) and Rivas

2B: Kiggins (D), Alyssa Allen (D), Soderbloom (D)


Second Game

Sturgis            000     00 – 0 2 2

Dowagiac        104     5x – 10 9 1

Megan Soderbloom (W, 8-5) and Mickie Kiggins; Brazo (L), Unterkireker (3) and Moore

2B: Alyssa Allen (D), Riley Daly (D), Kiggins (D), McKenzie Herter (D)

Varsity record: Dowagiac 19-13