FREELAND — With just a few weeks remaining in the regular season, Unionville-Sebewaing proved that they are ready for the postseason with a tournament championship on Saturday.
After posting wins against Reums-Chippewa Hills, Freeland and the No. 2 ranked team in Division 3, the Patriots were crowned champs of the Freeland Invitational.
USA first snuck by Chippewa Hills with a 3-0 win thanks to a no-hit performance from Erica Treiber on the mound. She also struck out nine batters.
Offensively, Stephanie Neuman belted out a triple and scored a run while Jessica Gremel also scored a run after reaching on a double. Tessa Dinsmore also contributed with an RBI double.
Chelsey Bitzer took to the bump in game two and after seven innings, one hit and four strikeouts, she recorded the 4-0 win over Freeland.
Neuman aded three hits, two RBI and a run scored to her total while Ally Hoppe scored two runs for USA. Taylor Anker tallied two RBI while Katie Gremel added one run.
In the title game against the state-ranked Chargers, the Patriots went up against pitcher Sarah Appold while USA countered with Treiber.
The freshman came through for the Patriots in their final game of the day, allowing seven hits and one earned run in seven innings while striking out six.
Treiber’s teammates backed her efforts on the mound with another solid game at the dish. Neuman led the way once again with two hits and a pair of RBI while Ashlyn VanHoost, Katie Gremel, Hoppe and Anker each chipped in with a hit and a run scored. Bitzer drove in one run with a single.
With the three wins, USA is now 28-4 overall.
Reese, who also attended the invite, hung a pair of wins in games against Vestaburg and host Freeland.
First, the Rockets downed Vestaburg by a score of 14-3.
Becki Herbolsheimer earned the win after four innings of work. She allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out two.
Kara Schluckbier polished off the game by pitching the final frame.
Herbolsheimer also helped her cause at the plate, driving in five runs on three hits while Kelsi Reszke pushed three runs across on two hits. Monica Hagen scored two runs after reaching on a pair of singles while Mikaela Stricker scored three runs and had two hits.
The Rockets then finished their day by nipping Freeland with a 2-1 victory.
Stricker added two hits to her total while Hagen and Reszke each drove in a run.
Herbolsheimer earned her second win of the day after allowing one earned run on four hits while striking out three and walking three.
Kingston sneaks away with tournament title
DECKERVILLE — After notching marks in both the win and the loss column, Kingston escaped the three-team Deckerville tournament with a championship trophy Saturday.
After Peck beat Deckerville in game one, the Cardinals defeated the Pirates 11-6.
But, after suffering a 9-3 loss to the Eagles in what was the final game of the day, the Cardinals created a three-way tie with each team having one loss.
Lucky for the Cardinals though, the determining tie-breaker was most runs scored, which Kingston took by three.
In Kingston’s loss to Deckerville, Elissa Chambers had two singles and a pair of runs scored while Gabrielle Lester tacked on a double and a single. Darian Moore had a base hit and a run scored while Sarah Higgins drove in one run.
Cardinal pitcher Cassidy MacGuire was hit with the loss after allowing six earned runs on nine hits. She also struck out six and walked two.
In Kingston’s first contest against Peck, Quinn Daily earned the win after surrendering only one earned run on three hits.
Moore led the Cardinals at the dish by belting out a pair of doubles, scoring two runs and totaling two RBI while Gabrielle Lester added two hits and four runs scored. Higgins added two singles and two RBI to her total while Daily drove in one run with a base hit.
North Branch 9, Caro 0
North Branch 5, Caro 0
NORTH BRANCH — Caro slipped to 2-8 in the Tri-Valley East on Friday after suffering a pair of losses to North Branch.
Mikayla Tysick suffered the loss in game one after scattering five hits through six innings. She also allowed five walks and three earned runs while striking out four.
Bronco pitcher Brittany McDonnel struck out seven and allowed just one hits in seven innings.
North Branch blanked the Tigers again in game two thanks to another solid pitching performance by the Broncos staff who held Caro’s offense to just one hit.
EPBP 5, Reese 3
Reese 13, EPBP 0
PIGEON — Reese suffered its first league loss of the season Monday when they played a makeup doubleheader against Elkton-Pigeon Bay Port.
The Lakers got the best of the Rockets in game one, rattling pitcher Becki Herbolsheimer for four earned runs on nine hits. Offensively, the Rockets were only able to collect two hits, coming from the bats of Monica Hagen and Cassidy Reif. Herbolsheimer and Hagen had an RBI in the win while Paige Luth scored two runs.
But in game two, Reese bounced back in a big way, boosting its record to 9-1 in the GTW, 23-9-1 overall.
Herbolsheimer also recovered in the nightcap, allowing no earned runs on two hits while striking out two. Herbolsheimer gave way to Kara Schluckbier in the fifth, who struck out one to put the Lakers away for good.
Pheobe Beyerlein paced the Rocket offense with two hits and two RBI while Alexis Parrish drove in one run with two hits. Luth added an RBI double and a run scored to her total for the night while Drea Ramirez plated one run with a double. Mikaela Stricker, Hagen, Reif and Ramirez also scored two runs for the Rockets.
USA 7, Brown City 0
USA 15, Brown City 0
BROWN CITY — Unionville-Sebewaing had little trouble collecting wins No. 29 and 30 on Monday with their sweep of Brown City.
Erica Treiber tossed seven innings of shutout softball in the opener, allowing just one hit while striking out seven.
Offensively, Stephanie Neuman led the Patriots with three hits, which included a home run. She also knocked in two runs while Chelsey Bitzer tacked on three hits. Taylor Anker posted a pair of doubles in the win.
Bitzer took the mound in game two and earned the victory. Behind her, teammates Mackenzie Eurich and Brea Dinsmoore each swatted home runs to help put the Green Devils away in four innings. Euich totaled four RBI on three hits while Dinsmoore pushed across two runs with two hits. Neuman got on base three times in the nightcap while Katie Gremel contributed with three singles.
USA’s sweep of Brown City now puts their record at 30-4 overall.