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Ten Jackson County Athletes Earn Softball All-State Honors

Elisse Omey, Napoleon.  Photos by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports. By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 22, 2022 3:59 PM) Ten softball players from Jackson County earned all-state honors as voted on by members of the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association. Five members of the Grass Lake High School team, three from Northwest and two from Napoleon earned all-state honors in Divisions 2 and 3.  Freshman Emily Brown, junior Emily Guthrie, and sophomore Olivia Turner earned first-team all-state honors for the Warriors in Division 3. Grass Lake won its first regional title since 2005 and posted a 38-4 record on the season. Elisse Omey of Napoleon also earned first-team all-state honors at second base. First baseman Katelyn Postuma and catcher Bree Salts of Grass Lake earned honorable mention honors in Division 3. They are joined by Raye Burke of Napoleon who was voted in as a pitcher. Northwest High School had three all-state players in a season where the Mounties advanced to the Michigan High School Athletic Association quarterfinals in Division 2 and posted a 39-4 record. Pitcher Nevaeh Ingram earned first-team all-state honors after striking out 376 batters and posting an ERA of 0.54 on the season. She also…

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Area Teams Bow Out of Softball Quarterfinals

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 JTV Sports (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…

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Ingram Hurls Northwest to State Softball Quarterfinal

Nevaeh Ingram struck out 25 batters in two regional wins for Northwest High School on Saturday at the MHSAA Division 2 regional tournament at Chelsea.  By Jeff Steers JTV Sports (June 11, 2022 9:11 PM)  Call it a screwball, changeup, or knuckleball. It doesn’t matter. Nobody can hit the pitch. Northwest High School pitcher Nevaeh Ingram used her pitch – she calls it a knuckleball – to baffle two of the best Division 2 teams in the state.  Ingram struck out 18 batters and pitched a one-hitter in defeating Owosso – the defending D-2 state champions – 4-0 in the regional semifinal at Chelsea on Saturday. Ingram stuck out seven batters and scattered two hits in the regional championship game for a 2-0 win over Chelsea. Northwest advances to the Division 2 quarterfinals on Tuesday at Kalamazoo College against Stevensville Lakeshore. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.  Ingram calls her changeup-style pitch a knuckleball. “All of my knuckles are on the ball and it floats through the air,” Ingram said.  With a lively fastball, the pitch can sometimes make batters look silly looking at the pitch as it floats in the strike zone. Northwest was nearly flawless…

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