Monthly Archives: May, 2017

RECAP: Minger Shutout Lifts Three Rivers Over Sturgis

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The District 47 baseball tournament in Three Rivers began Tuesday with a Wildcat shutout victory, 2-0 over the Sturgis Trojans.   The quick contest lasted under 70 minutes thanks to efficient pitching from Alex Minger, who threw a shutout on only 77 pitches.   Minger allowed only three hits and one walk with no runs or strikeouts.

Sturgis pitcher Sam Leck finished with five hits, two earned runs, two walks, and six strikeouts.  Carson Charvat led off the second inning with a single and was brought in by Bryce Morlan.  In the fifth inning, Gavin Charvat’s one-out single and stolen base led to an RBI single from Zack Ludwig.

Sturgis’s year ends at 19-14-1, although with no seniors on the roster, they’ll undoubtedly will be a threat next year.   Three Rivers improves to 18-13 and hosts Vicksburg at 10 a.m. Saturday.   You can listen to that game and the rest of District 47 Saturday through Michigan Sports Radio and the Slocum Sports Network.

Listen back to Tuesday’s contest below:

PREVIEW: Three Rivers Hosts Sturgis to Open District 47

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Listen live online Tuesday at 5 p.m. as the Three Rivers Wildcats host the Sturgis Trojans to begin MHSAA Baseball District 47.   The winner advances to the district semifinal Saturday at 10 a.m. against 11th-ranked Vicksburg, while the loser sees their season come to an end.

Sturgis is the defending district champion, defeating Plainwell and Vicksburg in last year’s tournament.   The Trojans finished this regular season 19-13-1, tying for third in the Wolverine Conference standings at 10-8.  Three Rivers went 17-13 overall, going 9-9 against Wolverine Conference teams.   They last claimed a district title in 2010.   Back on April 25, these teams split a doubleheader at Sturgis.  The Trojans won game one 4-2, followed by a 7-2 Wildcat win.

Listen live online to Tuesday’s game (and Saturday’s District 47 contests) here through Michigan Sports Radio and the Slocum Sports Network  Tuesday’s game is set for a 5 p.m. start from Three Rivers High School.

RECAP: Hackett Takes Eight-Inning Pitching Duel 1-0 Over Portage Central

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On a Thursday afternoon featuring great pitching and defense, Division 4 fourth-ranked Hackett Catholic won at home over Portage Central, 1-0 in eight innings.  Both starting pitchers kept shutouts through seven innings.   The Mustangs loaded the bases against Adam Wheaton in the first inning, but Wheaton got out of the jam and finished with six hits allowed and 12 strikeouts over seven innings.   Heath Baldwin pitched the final inning clean in relief for the Irish.

Mustang pitcher Austin Hirdning went 7.2 innings, scattering ten hits and one walk with one run allowed.   In the bottom of the eighth, Brenden Warner led off with a single.  After an error and intentional walk loaded the bases, Baldwin lifted the ball deep enough to right field to bring Warner home on a sacrifice fly for the win.

Hackett moves to 23-4 with the victory.   They end the regular season at home in a single game against Gull Lake Tuesday.   Next weekend, they compete in District 116 from Climax-Scotts, which can be heard through Michigan Sports Radio and the Slocum Sports Network.   Portage Central falls to 17-15 with their regular season finale Tuesday at Kalamazoo Christian in a single game.  The Mustangs then host District 9 next weekend.

Listen back to Thursday’s game below:

RECAP: Hackett, K-Christian Suspended Late in 1st Half, Ruled 0-0 Tie, Split SAC Title

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Tied 0-0 with 13:26 remaining in the first half, a distant rumble of thunder stopped the de facto Southwestern Athletic Conference (SAC) girls soccer championship game between #2 Hackett Catholic and #8 Kalamazoo Christian.   Because of continuing thunder, no available lights, and Kalamazoo Christian’s graduation later in the night, they were unable to resume the contest.

Generally, you must complete at least one half of play for a game to be ruled official.   However, with the district tournament rematch set for Thursday, June 1, and with the Memorial Day weekend, the window to resume the game is very tight.   Thus, it was agreed to officially call the game a tie.   As a result, Hackett and Kalamazoo Christian split the SAC championship, both finishing the season at 9-0-1 in league play.    Hackett sits at 13-1-4 overall with K-Christian at 15-2-3.

Kalamazoo Christian has no more regular season games scheduled, while Hackett travels this Thursday to Parchment.    The Comets and Irish play again at 6:45 p.m. next Thursday in the district 52 tournament at Lawton High School.

Listen back to Wednesday’s game below:

RECAP: Marshall Earns Shutout, Three Rivers Wins in Extras

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The Marshall Redhawks and Three Rivers Wildcats split a baseball doubleheader Tuesday at Marshall High School.   Marshall took game one in a 1-0 pitchers duel, with Three Rivers getting revenge in an eight-inning 4-2 game two victory.

The first game’s lone run came in the bottom of the sixth inning.  Redhawk catcher Patrick Draper got on via a one-out single and used aggressive baserunning to turn a fly out and error into a run.  Mason Griffith pitched a complete game shutout, allowing four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts.   Carson Charvat was strong in defeat for the Wildcats, allowing only three hits and an unearned run over six innings with three strikeouts.

In the second game, Three Rivers got a run in the first and one in the fourth, with Marshall striking in the third and fourth.  Wildcat starter Ryan Levandoski was perfect in the final four innings to keep the Redhawks at two, he finished with two hits and two walks allowed with six strikeouts over an eight-inning win.  Logan Austin went seven innings for Marshall, giving up two runs and five hits with eight strikeouts.   The Wildcats got two runs in the eighth off the bullpen on scores by Sam Hawkins and Zach Ludwick.  Hawkins finished with three hits and two runs, Carson Charvat had two RBI, one coming from a solo bomb in the fourth.

Marshall moves to 23-12 overall and ends their regular season Wednesday at Charlotte.   They begin District 48 at Coldwater on Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Harper Creek.   Three Rivers sits at 17-13 and finishes the regular season Saturday in the St. Joe County tournament at Centreville.   They host District 47 and begin the postseason Tuesday against Sturgis, which you can hear live on Michigan Sports Radio.

Listen back to Tuesday’s games below:

GAME ONE

GAME TWO

PREVIEW: #2 Hackett Catholic, #8 Kalamazoo Christian Meet For SAC Championship

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Listen live Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to girls soccer with Hackett Catholic facing Kalamazoo Christian from Kalamazoo College’s Mackenzie Field.   The contest will determine the Southwestern Athletic Conference champion, as both teams enter at a perfect 9-0 against all other SAC opponents this season.

Hackett sits at 13-1-3 overall, ranked second in this week’s Division 4 Coaches Poll.  The Irish have 12 shutouts on the year, with their lone loss back on April 22 against Loy Norrix.   Meanwhile, the eighth-ranked Comets sit at 15-2-2, riding a streak of 11 consecutive clean sheets.   On Saturday, Kalamazoo Christian avenged their regional loss from last year over Western Michigan Christian.

In addition to being a de facto title game, it serves as a preview of their June 1st district 52 tournament match at Lawton.   Despite the recent success from both programs, Kalamazoo Christian has controlled the rivalry recently.  In their last 12 meetings, the Comets hold an 11-0-1 advantage.   They had a 1-1 draw in a non-league game last season, with Kalamazoo Christian winning their league match (7-0) and district match (1-0).  Hackett’s last victory over the Comets came on May 2, 2012.

Listen live to Wednesday’s SAC Championship on the Slocum Sports Network with kickoff scheduled for 3:45 p.m. at Kalamazoo College.

PREVIEW: Marshall Hosts Three Rivers

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Listen live Tuesday on the Slocum Sports Network to high school baseball as the Marshall Redhawks host the Three Rivers Wildcats.   The doubleheader is set for a 4 p.m. start and serves as solid late-season competition for these squads ahead of postseason play in challenging districts.

Marshall enters at 22-11 overall, with an 8-2 mark in their last ten contests.   Three Rivers enters at 16-12 and will look to avenge their 9-0 defeat from when they hosted Marshall last year.    Listen to the action live on the Slocum Sports Network Tuesday starting at 4 p.m. from Marshall High School.

RECAP: Vicksburg Claims Share of Wolverine Conference with Sweep at Plainwell

0522171708The Vicksburg High School baseball team will be at worst co-champions in the Wolverine Conference following a road sweep at Plainwell Monday.  The Bulldogs defeated the Trojans 6-3 and 7-1, pushing the 8th-ranked Bulldogs to a 16-2 final league record and 27-7 overall mark.  Plainwell falls to 9-12 overall and 8-8 in the Wolverine Conference, tied for fifth.

In the first game, Vicksburg scored twice in the first inning, then scattered solo runs in the second, third, fifth, and sixth.  Plainwell got one in the second and two in the seventh.  Brenden Lovell had a complete game victory, allowing three hits and three earned runs with six strikeouts.  Hunter Nielsen pitched six innings for the Trojans, allowing all six runs with five earned off nine hits, five walks, and four strikeouts.

In game two, Vicksburg plated four in the second and three in the fourth, with Lovell leading the offense with four hits, two RBI, and a run.   The lone Trojan run came in the seventh.  Ryan Morgan earned a complete game victory, scattering six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.  Evan Salinas started for Plainwell, giving up all seven runs over five innings with seven hits, five earned runs, two walks, and two strikeouts.

With the victories, Vicksburg claims part of the Wolverine Conference title for the first time since 2009.   Whether they win it outright or end up co-champions depends on Edwardsburg’s doubleheader at Otsego Friday.   The Eddies must win both games to tie with Vicksburg, otherwise, the Bulldogs claim the crown outright.

Vicksburg and Plainwell could potentially meet again in the District 47 final on Saturday, June 3, with all district games broadcast through Michigan Sports Radio and the Slocum Sports Network.   Before then, Vicksburg ends the regular season on Tuesday, May 30 against Niles at Notre Dame.   Plainwell hosts Comstock Wednesday, then ends conference play at home against Dowagiac on 5/30.   Depending on the results ahead, the Trojans could finish, at best, tied for third in the Wolverine Conference, or at worst, seventh.

Listen back to Monday’s games below.

GAME ONE

GAME TWO

Plainwell vs Vicksburg Baseball Rained Out, Moved to Monday

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Friday’s baseball doubleheader between Plainwell and Vicksburg has been postponed due to rain.   The series has been moved to Monday at 4 p.m. from Plainwell High School.    As a result, Plainwell’s scheduled games for Monday with Schoolcraft will be canceled.

The scheduled broadcast between Plainwell and Vicksburg will still happen on the Slocum Sports Network.

PREVIEW: Plainwell Hosts Vicksburg, Bulldogs Look to Clinch Share of Wolverine Conference Crown

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Listen live Friday afternoon on the Slocum Sports Network as the Plainwell Trojans host the Vicksburg Bulldogs in a high school baseball doubleheader from the Wolverine Conference.

Vicksburg enters the contest eighth in the latest Division 2 coaches poll, sporting a 24-7 overall record.  The Bulldogs lead the Wolverine Conference at 14-2 with Plainwell marking the end of league play.  With a sweep, Vicksburg would clinch at least a share of the league title, with only Edwardsburg (12-2) still in the running.

For Plainwell, they’re fourth in the ten-team league at 8-6, sandwiched between Otsego (9-5) and Sturgis (9-7).  At 9-10 overall, the Trojans are entering a very tough final regular season stretch, which includes games next week versus D3 #7 Schoolcraft and Comstock.   It gives them a chance to build momentum ahead of a strong district 47 tournament, which includes Vicksburg, Otsego, Sturgis, and hosting Three Rivers.

Listen live to Friday’s games on the Slocum Sports Network.   First pitch of game one is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.