Smith powers Dowagiac to sweep of Three Rivers

Published 9:16 am Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dowagiac freshman Amiyah Smith unofficially hit for the cycle as the Chieftains swept visiting Three Rivers 12-1 and 12-2 in a Wolverine Conference softball doubleheader Monday.

Smith does not officially get credit for the cycle, which consists of a player collecting a single, double, triple and a home run in the same game. Smith needed both games to complete the feat.

In the opening game she went 2-for-3 with a single, a home run and an RBI. In the nightcap she was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and an RBI.

Dowagiac (24-8) banged out a combined 30 hits in the contest, including 13 in the first game.

“We continued to play good defense and have quality at bats today,” Dowagiac coach Mike Behnke said. “This is the kind of ball we need to play to beat the good teams. We made every defensive play and hit the ball hard and drove it to the gaps for extra bases.

“Amiyah even hit for the cycle in the doubleheader, which is cool to see.”

Winning pitcher Taylor Hulett had a pair of doubles and three RBIs, while Alyssa Allen and Kailey Fear both had two hits. Allen doubled and drove in a pair of runs. Also driving in two runs were Megan Soderbloom and Mickie Kiggins.

Marissa Dodd was 3-for-3 with a triple.

In the second game, Hulett, Kiggins and Allen were all 3-for-4. Kiggins drove in three runs and Allen two. Fear and Hannah Whitaker also drove in a pair of runs.



At Dowagiac

First game

Three Rivers 010      00 – 1 2 2

Dowagiac       453      0x – 12 13 1

Taylor Hulett (W); Mayer (L).

2B: Alyssa Allen (D), Hulett (D) 2.

3B: Marissa Dodd (D).

HR: Amiyah Smith (D).


Second game

Three Rivers 000      20 – 2 5 3

Dowagiac       303      33 – 12 17 0

Megan Soderbloom (W); Barnes (L).

2B: Amiyah Smith (D).

3B: Amiyah Smith (D).

Varsity record: Dowagiac 24-8.