The Vicksburg High School baseball team topped Otsego and Three Rivers Saturday to win District 47 at Three Rivers. Vicksburg had a 2-1 walk-off win over the Wildcats in the semifinal, then downed Otsego in the final, 8-0. Otsego made it through after a 7-1 victory over Plainwell earlier.
Strong pitching and defense was key in both wins for the 10th-ranked Bulldogs. Against Otsego, only the pitch count rule prevented Ryan Morgan from completing a shutout. He finished with five hits and two walks allowed over 6.2 innings with ten strikeouts. Vicksburg jumped ahead immediately with four hits and an error leading to four runs in the first inning.
“To have that time off (between games) and then come right back and out of the gate, put four up in the first inning, says a lot about our guys having that focus of getting that next win,” said Vicksburg coach Brian Deal.
They added three more in the fifth and one in the sixth, getting 11 hits total. Otsego starting pitcher Jayden Dentler lasted four innings, allowing six runs, three earned, and seven hits. Otsego ends the season at 20-16-1.
Vicksburg won the opening game in a 2-1 pitching duel over the host Three Rivers. Both teams scored their first run in the fifth inning. Three Rivers led off the seventh with a hit, but the runner was caught stealing. After a strikeout, the Wildcats doubled, but Brenden Lovell got a ground out to get out of the jam. In the bottom of the frame, Garrett Ketelaar drew a lead-off walk for Vicksburg. After an error, walk, and strikeout, Josh Povlock brought in Ketelaar for the winning run.
Povlock had both Vicksburg RBI. Lovell finished with a complete game win, allowing five hits, one earned run, and two walks with eight strikeouts. Alex Minger went 6.1 innings for Three Rivers, allowing three hits, two runs, one earned, with four walks and three strikeouts. The senior-heavy Wildcats finish at 18-14.
“It was a grind right from the start,” said Deal. “I can’t say enough about that Minger kid, he did a great job.”
Vicksburg advances to Regional 12 at Edwardsburg next Saturday and will meet seventh-ranked Stevensville Lakeshore at 10 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., Edwardsburg, who split the Wolverine Conference crown with Vicksburg, plays Harper Creek. The winners face off for a trip to the quarterfinals. Vicksburg now sits at 29-10 and will see the Lancers for the second time, having lost to Lakeshore 9-4 back in a tournament game on May 13.
“They’re very well coached,” said Deal. “They will push you; they bunt, they run, they play the game really well.”
“We saw a couple of their better pitchers, they didn’t see our better pitchers, so maybe that gives us a little bit of an advantage going in. Those two guys (Lovell and Morgan) are two of the best guys in the area as far as I’m concerned. We run those guys out there and we feel like we’ve got a chance against most teams. Starting pitching and quality defense certainly keeps you in games.”
In Saturday’s second district game, Otsego beat Plainwell 7-1 on a strong outing from Derek Slocum, who gave up one earned run, three hits, and five walks over six innings. Will Eldred scored three runs. Plainwell’s Hunter Nielsen got all but one out, allowing seven runs, two earned, with six hits, two walks, and four strikeouts. Plainwell ends the year at 11-14.
Meanwhile, the fourth-ranked Vicksburg softball team topped the same two squads to claim their district, taking a 17-7 final over Otsego in the championship. They’ll also go to Edwardsburg for Regional play and also play Lakeshore, with their game set for Saturday at noon.
Listen back to Friday’s district baseball games below:
VICKSBURG VS OTSEGO
VICKSBURG VS THREE RIVERS
OTSEGO VS PLAINWELL
Listen live online Saturday via Michigan Sports Radio and the Slocum Sports Network to the MHSAA District 47 baseball tournament from Three Rivers High School. The district features four Wolverine Conference rivals with the winner advancing to next weekend’s Regional tournament at Edwardsburg. Saturday’s play begins at 10 a.m. with tenth-ranked Vicksburg against the hosting Three Rivers Wildcats. At noon, Otsego faces Plainwell and the winners play in the district final around 2 p.m.
The district started Tuesday with Three Rivers blanking Sturgis 2-0 on a complete game shutout from Alex Minger. Now at 18-13, the Wildcats will likely pitch Minger against 27-10 Vicksburg, who earned Wolverine Conference co-champion honors during the season. The Bulldogs hosted and swept Three Rivers back on April 13, 4-0 and 8-1. In those games, Brenden Lovell pitched a one-hitter, then Ryan Morgan held them to one run over six innings.
Game two sees 17-15-1 Otsego against 11-13 Plainwell. They split their regular season games at Otsego on April 25, with a 3-2 Trojan win and a 7-6 Bulldog win. Last year’s district title went to Sturgis, who was eliminated Tuesday.
Listen live online Saturday via Michigan Sports Radio and the Slocum Sports Network with coverage starting just before first pitch at 10 a.m.
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:
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.
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:
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.
The Schoolcraft High School baseball team opened their 2017 spring campaign with a 12-6 victory over Three Rivers Monday, dropping the Wildcats to a 4-2 record. Only the first game of the scheduled doubleheader was played, with it starting 45 minutes late due to brief thunder. The threatening storms stayed away for a pleasant afternoon for baseball, but the cloudy skies and finish after 7 p.m. made starting the second game unfeasible.
Things stayed tight early on with Three Rivers scoring once in the top of the first, followed by two in the bottom half from the Eagles. Schoolcraft added one more to the lead in the third, which the Wildcats matched in the top of the fourth. However, Schoolcraft put up seven in the bottom of the fourth, aided by numerous fielding errors with only three hits. Three Rivers would score solo runs in the fifth and sixth with two more in the seventh, while Schoolcraft had two more in the fifth.
Offensively, Nolan Anspaugh topped Schoolcraft with three runs. Darren Kehoe, Ricky Clark, and Hunter Johnson each scored twice. For Three Rivers, Jalen Heivilin had two runs with two doubles.
The Eagles, ranked second in the Division 3 preseason poll, have a huge meeting Thursday at home with the top-ranked Division 4 team in Hackett Catholic. Three Rivers hosts Vicksburg on Friday.
Listen back to Monday’s game below:
Listen live Monday at 4 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to a high school baseball doubleheader with the Schoolcraft Eagles hosting the Three Rivers Wildcats. These teams split a doubleheader at Three Rivers late last May, with the Wildcats winning 7-6 and the Eagles winning 11-1.
Three Rivers has started 2017 strong, going 5-1 prior to spring break. This includes a 6-5 extra innings win over Niles (ranked fifth in the Division 2 preseason poll) and splitting with Bronson (ranked fifth in Division 3). Schoolcraft enters 2017 ranked second in Division 3, having made it to the quarterfinals last season. Monday’s games will open the season for Schoolcraft, with their lone pre-break series against Centreville canceled due to field conditions.
The Marshall Redhawks and Otsgeo Bulldogs girls basketball teams will be meeting again for the Regional 9 championship, advancing to Thursday’s final with semifinal wins Tuesday. Marshall downed Lakeshore 71-44 with Otsego defeating Three Rivers 49-38.
Lakeshore had the game’s first basket against sixth-ranked Marshall, but their lead was very short lived. The Redhawks roared to a 26-12 lead after the first quarter and a 44-16 advantage by halftime. Nikki Tucker finished with 23 points for Marshall, followed by her younger sister Natalie with 10. Sarah Dubbert topped the Lancers with 13 points, followed by 11 from Cassie Pallett and 10 from Taylor Wagner. Lakeshore finishes the year at 18-7 while Marshall improves to 21-2.
In the second game, Three Rivers started ahead, but like Lakeshore, had the lead for a short time. Otsego led 12-6 after the first quarter, 25-12 at halftime, and 39-24 after three. The Wildcats made it back within nine points in the fourth quarter, but no closer. Three Rivers freshman Hadley Miller led all players with 18 points, her team finishes 10-14. Otsego’s top scorer was Grace VerHage, who had 12 of her 14 in the first half. Mattison Rayman added 13 and Jaycie Callaway scored 12, all in the second half. The Bulldogs move to 20-3 for their second consecutive 20-win season.
“On their home court, we didn’t want to fall down early,” said Otsego coach Tony Koshar. “Early in the second half, Callaway was really good for us. And then down the stretch, Matti really took over from the high post.”
The Regional Final rematch is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Three Rivers and can be heard live on Michigan Sports Radio. Marshall won last year’s meeting 57-37 en route to their state championship. They also met this season, with the Redhawks grabbing a road win 61-36 on December 29.
“Obviously, they’re going to be favored,” said coach Koshar of Marshall. “We’ve got to rebound the basketball, we’ve got to take care of the basketball. If you do those two things, you have an opportunity to be in the game.”
Listen back to Tuesday’s games below:
MARSHALL VS LAKESHORE
OTSEGO VS THREE RIVERS
Listen live Tuesday and Thursday on Michigan Sports Radio to Regional #9 of the MHSAA Class B girls basketball state tournament at Three Rivers High School. Tuesday at 5:30 p.m, the defending Class B state champion Marshall Redhawks (20-2) face the Lakeshore Lancers (18-6). Then around 7 p.m., the hosting Three Rivers Wildcats (10-13) play the Otsego Bulldogs (19-3). The winners meet Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Regional final.
So far, 6th-ranked Marshall has begun their 2017 postseason the same way they did in 2016, with wins over Comstock (55-29) and Harper Creek (69-31). Like last year, the Redhawks face Lakeshore for their third playoff game and they hope to replicate the 62-44 win from 2016.
For the Lancers, they easily dispatched Berrien Springs (73-28), Benton Harbor (67-15), and Buchanan (59-31) to get back to the regional round. Lakeshore has won 15 or more games in six consecutive seasons, but haven’t gotten beyond the regional round since 2006. They were denied in their last regional final trip in 2013, falling 50-49 to Marshall.
On the other side, few people expected Three Rivers to be involved in the regional beyond their hosting duties. The Wildcats had lost twice in the regular season to Vicksburg and Edwardsburg, but downed them in the district tournament 46-30 and 41-32, respectively. Three Rivers hasn’t made it out of regionals since they were state runner-up in 2011. They’re one of only two teams still in the Class B field with a losing record and once again would have to beat a team they fell to twice in the regular season.
Otsego defeated Three Rivers 49-23 and 60-40 this season and holds a six-game win streak over the Wildcats. They defeated Plainwell (63-44) and Allegan (43-29) in their district tournament. It’s the fifth consecutive 15+ win season for the Bulldogs, who were denied by Marshall in last season’s regional final 57-37. They haven’t gotten through the regional round since the turn of the millennium, falling to Marshall as well in 2013 and to Lakeshore in 2006.
Listen to the Regional 9 games live on Michigan Sports Radio. Marshall meets Lakeshore at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, followed by Otsego and Three Rivers at 7 p.m. The winners face off Thursday at 7 p.m.