Heavy hitting secured Mattawan wins

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Haley Hagen - couriersports@vineyardpress.biz
	Mattawan’s Marley Atkinson makes the catch for an out during the second game against Niles last week. 	Haley Hagen photo

    The Mattawan softball team hosted Niles last week, and swept the doubleheader, 18-2 and 6-2.
    The Wildcats wasted no time taking the lead in the first game. Kendra Cardoza brought in Alyssa Bloomfield with a single for their first run, on their way to taking a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Bloomfield then came back in the second inning hit a homerun off the first pitch, putting Mattawan up 5-0. The Wildcats continued to pile up the hits and scored  five more runs for a 10-0 lead at the end of only two innings.
    Held scoreless until the fourth inning, the Vikings delivered a two-run homerun for their only runs of the game. Mattawan answered with eight runs in the same inning, and the game was ended when Rachel Krasny hit a three-run homerun giving Mattawan an 18-2 mercy win.
    The second game of the evening proved to be much more a challenge for Mattawan. The game was scoreless until the top of the third inning when Niles took a one-run lead, and then extended it to 2-0 in the fourth.
    Olivia Fee got things moving for Mattawan in the fifth inning with a solo homerun to cut the Niles lead to 2-1 until the bottom of the sixth inning. Mattawan took  the lead when Madi Duell hit a long two-run homer  and put the Wildcats on top, 3-2. Mattawan kept the momentum going and scored three more runs for good measure that same inning. The game ended when center fielder Cardoza made a diving catch for Mattawan. Mattawan tallied seven hits, led by Leah Wrubel and Fee.
    The Wildcats will host the District tournament tomorrow (Saturday). The first game for Mattawan will be begin at noon when they take on Portage Central.
 

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