For the fifth consecutive season, the Kalamazoo Valley softball team earned a four-game season sweep over Lake Michigan College. The Cougars took the home half Tuesday with 8-0 and 2-1 victories over the Red Hawks, giving Kalamazoo Valley an eight-game win streak.
The first game was over quickly, lasting about a hour in total. The Cougars plated four runs in the second inning, two in the third, and one in both the fourth and fifth. Amber Foerster went 3-3 with two runs and two RBI, including a solo home run. Ally Sinclair went 3-3 with two runs. Kayli Bowen allowed three hits over the five-inning shutout.
In the second game, the Red Hawks used a two-out single by Angie White to get a run in the bottom of the first inning. They held the lead until a lead-off Amber Mazahem single in the bottom of the fifth led to the game-tying run. Sinclair got a lead-off walk in the sixth and used a wild pitch and error to score what would be the game winning run. Maggie Mullen pitched the entire game, allowing five hits and one run with five strikeouts. Ahna Riggenbach went six innings for Lake Michigan, allowing only the two runs (unearned), two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
Lake Michigan drops to 9-13 in MCCAA play and 10-16 overall with a home doubleheader Friday against Grand Rapids. Kalamazoo Valley is 23-6 overall and 17-3 in league play, they’re set to travel to Jackson Thursday.
Listen back to Tuesday’s games below:
Listen live Tuesday at 3 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to college softball as the Kalamazoo Valley Cougars host the Lake Michigan College Red Hawks. These teams met two weeks ago in Benton Harbor with the Cougars winning two tight contests, 5-3 and 4-0. In the first game, Kayli Bowen led Kalamazoo Valley with a home run and double and four RBI. In the second game, Maggie Mullen’s pitching kept Lake Michigan off the board.
The Cougars sit at 21-6 overall and are second in the MCCAA Western Conference at 15-3, only behind Lansing (19-1). Kalamazoo Valley is on a six-game win streak with doubleheader sweeps of Jackson, Ancilla, and Grand Rapids.
The Red Hawks sit in sixth in the Western Conference at 9-11 with an overall mark at 10-14. They’re on a two-game win streak, having beaten Kellogg in a doubleheader on Saturday.
Kalamazoo Valley and Lake Michigan split a varsity basketball doubleheader Saturday, with the 6th-ranked KVCC Cougar women winning over the 20th-ranked Red Hawks 79-74, followed an 87-72 men’s win for Lake Michigan.
Despite the close final, the Cougars led the women’s contest the entire way, although it remained tight throughout. It was 19-13 after the first quarter and 36-34 at halftime. The Red Hawks scored first to tie the game at the start of the third, but Kalamazoo Valley got back ahead 58-53 by the end of the frame. Their lead was as big as 13 points in the fourth quarter, although Lake Michigan did their best to stay in it.
KaLeah Ryan led the way with 25 points. Sierra James added 19 with another 16 by Chloe Salman. Topping Lake Michigan was Jade Mosier’s 22 off the bench. Hailey Maas had 20. The regular season series is a split, as the Red Hawks won at home back in January. However, the win does put KVCC alone at the top of the MCCAA Western Conference at 9-1, LMC is 8-2. The Cougars are now 17-3 overall with Lake Michigan at 16-5.
In the men’s contest, Kalamazoo Valley started ahead by as much as six points. About halfway through the first half, they traded the lead three times. The Red Hawks took it for good and had a 48-33 lead by halftime. Their largest lead remained at 15 points until very late in the second half. The Cougars got back within single-digits a few times, but couldn’t complete the rally.
Six players for Lake Michigan had double-digit points in the 87-72 victory, led by 18 from Brian Harris. Gavis Rasler was next with 15. For KVCC, Grant Mitchell scored 16, followed by 15 from Donny Lewis. Both teams are now 8-13 overall, with Lake Michigan tied for sixth in the Western Conference at 5-5 and KVCC eighth at 2-8. LMC won the January meeting as well, completing the season sweep.
The Kalamazoo Valley squads travel to Ancilla on Wednesday evening. That same evening, Lake Michigan hosts Mid-Michigan.
Listen back to Saturday’s games below: