Campbell Kloack of Northwest High School recorded a pair of hits in the Mounties’ 1-0 loss to Stevensville Lakeshore in the MHSAA Division 2 softball quarterfinals. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.
By Jeff Steers
(June 14, 2022 8:20 PM) Two area teams lost by a total of two runs in quarterfinal action on Tuesday at a pair of locations.
Northwest High School lost a heart-breaker to Stevensville Lakeshore 1-0 at Kalamazoo College in Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 action.
Grass Lake fell to Algonac 5-4 at Adrian College in Division 3 quarterfinal action.
The difference between Northwest winning 1-0 or losing 1-0 came down to a pair of calls.
Lakeshore scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a hit, error, sacrifice, and a pair of strikeouts. On the second strikeout, the catch dropped the ball and the runner raced home from third base.
NWHS Coach Alicia Mobley said both her catcher and pitcher said the third strike was fouled off, not dropped by the catcher.
“The umpire stated she (the batter) was six to eight inches from the ball,” Mobley said.
A Northwest runner was called out at home on an obstruction call.
“The umpire stated she was inside the line the entire time … those were the two calls,” Mobley said.
Campbell Kloack had a pair of hits for Northwest in the loss. Nevaeh Ingram struck out eight batters on the mound for the Mounties.
Northwest finishes the season with an its fourth consecutive Interstate-8 Conference championship, district and regional titles, and a 39-4 record.
“I am going to tell my girls it was an honor to coach them all these year,” Mobley said.
Grass Lake had a 3-0 lead heading into the fifth inning, but Algonac scored twice in the fifth, once in the sixth, and two in the top of the seventh inning to pull out the win.
Laney Brown singled in a run for the Warriors in the first inning and the other run scored on an error.
Katelyn Postuma hit a home run for Grass Lake in the fourth inning and Oliva Turner went yard for the Warriors in the sixth inning.
Postuma, Turner, and Rylee Fitzpatrick all had a pair of hits for the Warriors. Brown struck out six batters on the mound for Grass Lake (38-4).
The Warriors should be solid again next year as they do not have any seniors on this year’s squad.
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