Roundup: Bucks blow out Hopkins; Chieftains swept by Bears

Published 4:32 pm Tuesday, March 26, 2024

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HOPKINS ­— Visiting Buchanan banged out 16 hits in defeating Hopkins 15-3 in its season opener Monday.

The Bucks (1-0) scored 12 runs in the opening inning and went on to cruise to the five-inning win.

At St. Joseph, the host Bears swept Dowagiac 10-3 and 9-6.


Buchanan at Hopkins

Hailee Kara worked the first four innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs in picking up the victory in the circle.

Camille Lozmack pitched the fifth inning, giving up three runs on two hits.

Lozmack was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, while Kara was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Aspen Berry, Caitlyn Horvath and Cameron Carlson all had two hits for Buchanan. Berry had a triple and Faith Bartley a double.


Dowagiac at St. Joseph

Errors kept Dowagiac from challenging the Bears Monday afternoon as the Chieftains finished with 12 in the doubleheader.

Offense was not the issue, but scoring was. Dowagiac (0-2) had a combined 14 hits against St. Joseph.

“We weren’t very good fundamentally on defense tonight,” said veteran Dowagiac Coach Mike Behnke. “We couldn’t catch routine fly balls or field routine ground balls and made 12 errors combined in both games. Offensively we fared better, but need to be more disciplined to work the count into our favor.”

Rebecca Guernsey took the loss in the opener and Addie Wilson in the nightcap.

The Chieftains had six singles in the first game. Aubrey Busby, Bree Behnke and Claire Hess all drove in runs.

Busby and Bree Behnke were both 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in the nightcap. Busby had a triple, while Charleigh Reed and Marlie Carpenter both doubled.