Hamilton, Fennville softball split non-league doubleheader
Allegan County rivals Hamilton and Fennville squared off in a non-league softball doubleheader on Friday, May 6, with the teams coming away with a split decision.
The Hawkeyes won the opening game 3-1 in a pitchers’ dual before the Blackhawks fought back to win a slugfest 15-9 in the nightcap.
The first game saw Hamilton pitcher Meri Klenk limit Fennville to one run on five hits with five walks and four strikeouts through six innings. Chloe DeJonge then took over in the seventh inning and struck out two batters in a scoreless frame to secure the win.
Maddie Rudolph paced the Hawkeye offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Allyssa VandenBerg added a run-scoring single, while Liza Lohman singled twice.
For Fennville, Kelsey Phelps accounted for the lone RBI with a second-inning single. Lindsay Cossey suffered the loss despite striking out nine in a complete-game effort.
In the second game, Fennville snapped a 1-1 tie with four runs in the top of the second inning. The Blackhawks didn’t trail the rest of the way.
Cossey went 4-for-5 with a home run, four runs and two RBI in the victory. Madison Raak (2-for-5 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI), Danielle Davis (2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI) and Haley Martin (3-for-5 with a double, two runs and two RBI) also had multiple hits for the Blackhawks.
Davis pitched all seven innings for the win.
Klenk homed and singled in three at-bats for Hamilton, finishing with two runs and two RBI. VandenBerg (3-for-5 with a double, two runs and three RBI), Rudolph (2-for-2 with a double and three runs), Lohman (2-for-4) and Haley VanHuis (2-for-4 with a run and an RBI) were among the other Hawkeyes with multiple hits.