Softball squad opens year with split vs. Hornets
Grayling High School’s varsity softball team posted one win and one loss during Thursday night’s doubleheader vs. the Harrison Hornets. The series – played at Harrison High School – was the 2018 season opener for the Vikings.
In game one, the Hornets won 12-11. The Vikings battled back to tie the game in the top of the seventh (final) inning, but Harrison loaded the bases early in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored to end the game.
“It was the first time we were outside,” Coach Mark Golnick said. “It took us about three innings to get going.”
“The second time through the order we started hitting the ball. The more we started hitting the ball the better we started fielding,” Coach Golnick said.
Jenna Schwartz was 3 for 4 for the Vikings with three RBIs and one run scored. Kyla Roach was 2 for 4 with three runs and two stolen bases. Jordyn Schwartz was 2 for 4 with a double and a triple and two runs scored. Mallory Hatfield was 2 for 4 with a double, one RBI, and one run scored. Tiffany Cook was 1 for 1.
Sabrina Junttila pitched all seven innings for Grayling. She had four strikeouts.
The Vikings won 15-8 in six innings during game two of the night.
At the plate, Junttila was 2 for 3 for GHS. Olivia Schreiber was 2 for 3 with a double, one run scored, and one RBI. Hailey Hartman was 1 for 1 with a triple and two RBIs. Kaylynn Childers was 1 for 2 with three runs scored. Hatfield was 2 for 4. Jordyn Schwartz was 2 for 4 with a double, three runs scored, and two RBIs. Jenna Schwartz was 2 for 4 with two home runs and three runs scored.
Jocelyn Brown and Alison Brown each pitched three innings for Grayling. They allowed six hits and neither pitcher walked a batter.
“We brought the two Brown girls up from JV. I thought all three of the pitchers did a good job for us,” Coach Golnick said.
Coach Golnick said the team’s overall performance was good considering the circumstances (first time outside).
“I think we had hits up and down the lineup. I thought we ran the bases fairly well,” Coach Golnick said. “We need to get outside so we can work on defensive stuff.”
So far this year, as of Monday, April 16, the softball team has had five of its scheduled doubleheaders cancelled due to weather and field conditions, and games slated for Thursday, April 19, in Grayling vs. Houghton Lake are also likely to be cancelled due to snow.
“We’ve had eight or 10 games lost. It’s just going to be a scramble to get some games in,” Coach Golnick said.