Softball roundup: Brandywine, Buchanan swept

Published 12:16 pm Thursday, April 13, 2017

Brandywine’s varsity softball team has a lot of work on the horizon.

The Lady Cats hosted Watervliet Tuesday evening for its first conference double-header of the season, where they learned first-hand just how tough a veteran BCS team can be.

The first game ended in five innings, when the Panthers exceeded the 10-run rule limit with a 13-1 victory. In game two, Watervliet sailed to a 10-2 win.

One of the most recognized and winningest head coaches in Brandywine’s history, Jim Myers, returned this year after a nine-year break from the coaching scene. Myers had previously coached several successful Lady Cats squads during his 17 years with Brandywine, racking up more than a handful of district and regional titles, two state-runner-up achievements and one state title.

Myers said those accomplishments take a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment, and require one key ingredient; exceptional defense. Something his current team is lacking.

“We have to keep working on our defense and we’ve got to be better at it, because without our defense, we will have a hard time competing, especially against veteran teams like Watervliet,” Myers said.

The Bobcats, now 0-2, will face Cassopolis Thursday evening for another conference game at home. First pitch is set for 4:15 p.m.



At Niles

First game

Watervliet      421      24 – 13 10 1

Brandywine   100      00 – 1 5 5

Karlee Liles (W) Kennedy Byrd (L)

HR: (W) Mercede Daughtry 2.


Second game

Watervliet 123 001 3 – 10

Brandywine 000 000 2 – 2

Ariana Rowe (W), Delaney Nelson (L).

2B: Mercede Daugherty 2 (W), Rowe (W), Zakiyyah Abdullah (BW).

3B: Delani Nelson (BW).

HR: Logan Mizwicki (W), Daugherty (W), Taylor Shafer (W).

Varsity records: Brandywine 0-2.


Coloma at Buchanan

The Buchanan softball team was swept in a pair of non-conference games by visiting Coloma Tuesday.

The Bucks (0-2) were defeated 9-4 and 16-6. The second game lasted just six innings.

Skylar Crisenbery and Jaidyn Hutsell combined to toss a five-hitter in the first game.

The Comets used a six-run seventh inning to rally from a 4-3 deficit.

Morgan Wagner and Alyssa Dillenbeck both homered for Coloma.

Kaitlyn Lukkarila, Alyssa Florey and Jayla Bibbs all doubled for the Bucks.

In the nightcap, a seven-run third inning broke open the game for the Comets.

Crisenbery and Hutsell share pitching duties for Coloma.

Sammi Luzadre and Erica Donathen both doubled for the Bucks, who hosted Niles in a non-league doubleheader Wednesday.



At Buchanan

First game

Coloma          002 100 6 – 9 7 0

Buchanan 000 400 0 – 4 5 2

Skylar Crisenbery, Jaidyn Hutsell (4, W); Sammi Luzarde (L).

2B: Kaitlyn Lukkarila (BU), Alyssa Florey (BU), Jayla Bibbs (BU), Megan Koenigshos (C).

HR: Morgan Wagner (C), Alyssa Dillenbeck (C) 2.


Second game

Coloma          017 305 – 16 12 0

Buchanan 101 031 – 6 10 2

Skylar Crisenbery (W), Jaidyn Hutsell (5): Erica Donathen (L).

2B: Morgan Wagner (C), Sammi Luzadre (BU), Erica Donathen (BU).

3B: Mya Potter (C).

HR: Alyssa Dillenbeck (C).