(Photo by Audrey Smith) Players and coaches for Kingston's varsity baseball and softball teams pose for a recent group picture commemorating the dinner for veterans event that was organized by Kingston baseball coach Frank Licavoli. Both the Cardinals' baseball and softball programs captured North Central Thumb League Stars Division titles this season.

Baseball/softball roundup: Ulewicz homer makes for Kingston grand celebration

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Kingston completed its regular season unbeaten at 23-0, and did so in style thanks to Olivia Ulewicz’s big-time performance in the second game of a North Central Thumb League softball doubleheader sweep of Owendale-Gagetown Thursday. Scores were 13-0 and 17-2.

One of Ulewicz’s three hits was a grand slam, and she also doubled on her way to a six-RBI conclusion to the doubleheader. The effort backed her contributions from the pitcher’s circle, where she went three innings and gave up three hits while striking out four to earn the win.

Payton Kolacz added three hits with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in Game 2 for the Cardinals, Hannah James had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run, Katelyn Iseler had two hits, walked once, knocked in two runs and scored once, Ashtian Davis had two hits and scored twice, Carley Smith had a hit, walked once, added two RBIs and scored twice, Brooke Mooney scored three runs and Camryn MacGuire walked twice and came around to score both times.

MacGuire was the winning pitcher in the opener, yielding three hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in five innings. She was also among Kingston’s top offensive contributors in the game with three hits, a triple and a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. 

Kolacz had three hits with a double, three RBIs, two runs scored and two steals in Game 1, Smith doubled twice, scored twice and had two RBIs, James had two hits, scored once and drove in a run, Iseler had a double and knocked in two runs, Davis doubled, walked once and scored three times and Gerilyn Carpenter had a hit, an RBI, scored once and drew a walk.

Softball

Thursday games

Unionville-Sebewaing Area 17, Bad Axe 0 (4 inn); Unionville-Sebewaing Area 22, Bad Axe 7 (4 inn): Brynn Polega pitched the Patriots (24-7) to both Greater Thumb Conference West Division wins, allowing a combined four hits while striking out 14 in seven innings. She helped her own cause with a homer as one of her two hits and scored twice, Laci Harris’ three hits included a homer, two doubles and three runs scored, Rylee Zimmer had three hits with a triple and three runs scored, Carissa Dinsmoore had two hits and scored twice, Danielle Harper homered and knocked in four, Maci Montgomery had two hits with a double and scored twice, Nichole Schember had two hits and Delanie Pavlichek finished with two runs scored.

Harris connected for her second homer of the day in the nightcap to go with three RBIs and two runs scored for USA, Pavlichek had two hits with a double, five RBIs and two runs scored, Polega had three hits with a double, three runs scored and an RBI, Zimmer had three hits with a double, three runs scored and three RBIs, Montgomery contributed three hits with four runs scored and two RBIs and Harper had two hits, three runs scored and two RBIs.

Wednesday games

Reese 18, Cass City 0 (3 inn); Reese 10, Cass City 6: Abigal Huizar earned both pitching wins of the Greater Thumb West doubleheader sweep by the Rockets (19-12, 9-3 GTC West).

Reese scored 15 runs in the first inning of the opening game, highlighted by two-run homers from both Lauren Scramlin and Maddi Osantowski. Osantowski added a single and drove in four total runs, while Scramlin added an RBI single, Delaney Peyok had two hits with a double and an RBI, Jordynn Roberts had three RBIs and Katie Ratajczak contributed two RBIs.

Huizar led Reese’s bats in Game 2 with four hits including a double and an RBI, Osantowski had two doubles and two RBIs, Josie Johnson and Peyok chipped in a double and two RBIs each and Scramlin doubled to go with an RBI.

Tuesday games

Laker High 2, Caro 0; Caro 11, Laker High 3: Caro (15-14) rebounded nicely in the nightcap for the Greater Thumb Conference West Division doubleheader split.

Carly Syms was Caro’s Game 2 winning pitcher, going 6 1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs on seven hits. She was backed by Olivia Bringard’s two hits with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs, and she helped her own cause with two hits including a double and three RBIs.

Other Game 2 offensive highlights for Caro were Kaitlyn Arebalo’s two hits with a double, walk and a run scored, Ellie Hornbacher’s two hits, two runs scored and an RBI, Kaytlyn Kunse’s two hits with an RBI and Jade Hollingsworth’s two RBIs.

Ashlin Murphy took the opening-game pitching loss for the Tigers, allowing six hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts over seven innings. Caro left 11 runners on base.

Kunse had two hits for Caro offensively, Hollingsworth doubled and Murphy was walked twice.

Kingston 14, North Huron 0 (5 inn); Kingston 19, North Huron 1 (3 inn): Camryn MacGuire earned both pitching wins for the Cardinals, combining to allow just three hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts over eight innings of the North Central Thumb League doubleheader sweep that clinched it the outright NCTL Stars Division title.

Hannah James paced Kingston’s bats in the opener with three hits including a triple, three runs scored and three RBIs, Payton Kolacz had two hits with a homer, two runs scored and an RBI, Carley Smith had a double, three runs scored, walked twice and drove in a run and MacGuire had a hit, was walked, scored twice, stole two bases and drove in a run. Ashtian Davis got in on the offensive outburst with two walks, two steals and a run scored, Gerilyn Carpenter was walked twice and scored once, Katelyn Iseler had a hit, drew a walk, scored once and had two RBIs and Olivia Ulewicz had a hit, drove in a run and drew a walk.

Ulewicz’s grand slam, three runs scored and a walk highlighted Kingston’s Game 2 offensive efforts, James doubled with two RBIs and a run scored, Smith had two hits with a double, four RBIs and two runs scored, Carpenter had two hits, three RBIs, two stolen bases and two runs scored, Ella Retan had two hits, scored three times and drove in three runs and MacGuire finished with a hit, run scored and an RBI.

Baseball

Thursday games

Kingston 19, Owendale-Gagetown 0; Kingston 15, Owendale-Gagetown 0: Kingston ended its regular season at 23-3 overall and with its second league title in program history following a 13-1 run through the North Central Thumb League Stars Division.

Aaron Koehler was the winning pitcher in the opening game, a four-inning no-hitter that included seven strikeouts. Scottie Helton hit his second homer of the season as one of the Cardinals’ offensive catalysts, Nick St. George had three hits and five RBIs, Hunter James had four hits and three RBIs, Tristen Skinner had three hits and four RBIs and Cody McCormick and Levi Cryderman had two hits and two RBIs each.

Cryderman was Kingston’s Game 2 winning pitcher, allowing one hit while striking out six in four innings. St. George kept up his hot hitting with three more hits and two RBIs, Helton had two hits and four RBIs, Ethan Ulewicz had three hits and an RBI, Evan Carpenter had two hits and an RBI, Declan McGarvie had two hits, Jason Dibble had a hit and three RBIs and Cryderman had a hit and two RBIs.

Peck 4, Mayville 1; Mayville 9, Peck 5: Hunter Brown gave Mayville a solid opening-game effort with eight strikeouts, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the team’s offensive struggles.

The Wildcats’ improved their offensive play in the nightcap to split the doubleheader, overcoming a five-run deficit to tip the scales in their favor. Logan LaBean earned the pitching win, fanning six through the first three innings, and was led by Nick Phillips going 3-for-3 and establishing a new school record for steals, LaBean himself going 2-for-3 with an RBI and an RBI each from Lucas Rutter and Nicholas Steele.

Vassar 5, Laker High 2; Laker High 9, Vassar 6: The Vulcans (12-12-1) got the start to the Greater Thumb West doubleheader they wanted, but not the finish.

Max Kukulski pitched the opening-game win, allowing eight hits with five strikeouts in seven innings for Vassar. Ricardo Macon had two hits for the Vulcans, while Ethan Dunham drove in two runs.

Jacob Preston took the Game 2 loss in just one inning’s work, though only one of the seven Laker runs allowed were earned due to errors. Dunham threw the final six innings in relief, allowing two unearned runs, while Macon led the Vulcans offensively with three hits and four RBIs.

Tuesday games

Kingston 4, North Huron 2; North Huron 15, Kingston 0: Scottie Helton fanned 12 hitters compared with no walks allowed in earning his seventh pitching win of the season to open the North Central Thumb League doubleheader split. He also reached the 100-strikeout milestone in just 47 innings pitched.

Aaron Koehler was Kingston’s offensive leader in the game with two hits and two RBIs, while Connor Henry had two hits and drove in a run. 

Levi Cryderman was charged with the Game 2 pitching loss, while Tristen Skinner doubled and Helton and Henry had one hit each to account for the Cardinals’ offense.

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