Reds run over by Eddies, but push back Plainwell

By: 
Butch Hindenach • pawtwice@bloomingdalecom.net

   PAW PAW - A very good Edwardsburg softball team had little trouble sweeping Paw Paw’s Lady Reds Friday in a Wolverine Conference twin bill. A four-run third inning was all the Eddies needed to take the first game, 7-1.
   The Redskins managed just four hits for the game, a double by Hannah Mellinger, Courtney Ellis’s home run, and singles by Emily Vanderburg and Emma Haase.
   In the second contest, the Eddies scored early, late, and often, to take a 20-5 verdict. A five-run second frame gave Paw Paw some hope with Audrey Straka and Klarissa Mireles pushing runs across the plate on walks. Courtney Ellis and Maddison Wilder also produced runs with singles. 
   The Eddies however, were simply unstoppable. Wilder and Ellis each ended the game with a pair of hits.

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   At home last Tuesday, the Redskins swept a doubleheader from Plainwell in a pair of very competitive games, both of which ended with a walk off from the ballpark, as the Lady Redskins won each in the seventh inning on a pair of clutch hits. 
   The Trojans jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the opener, and led 2-1 going into the bottom of the last frame in regulation. The Reds knotted the score, then Morgan Dwyer stepped up to the plate and smacked a two-base hit on a 2-1 count to chase in the deciding run. 
   Hannah Mellinger was the winning hurler with seven innings of work, allowing two runs, while fanning five Plainwell batters.  Emma Kooi had two of just four Redskin hits and handled seven chances flawlessly in the field, as the Redskin defense played error-free the entire game.
   The night cap was another close and exciting match-up with the lead changing hands several times. Once again the Trojans held a one run leading going into the bottom of stanza number seven. Kooi continued her assault on Plainwell pitchers with a double scoring the deciding run.
   Kooi had five hits in the doubleheader, producing three RBI.  Maddie Wilder showed some pop in her bat with home runs in the first and third innings, plus a single in the fourth. 
   Raelyn DeGroff started the game for Paw Paw, pitching five and two-thirds innings, allowing seven hits and five runs (three earned). Mellinger completed the task with 1.1 innings allowing just one unearned run for the victory.

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