Wayland softball claims 11th straight league title
Make it 11 OK Gold championships in a row for the Wayland softball team.
The Wildcats locked up this year’s title thanks to wins of 3-0 and 14-0 over South Christian on Monday, May 18.
Both teams entered the final league doubleheader unbeaten in league play.
“Winning the conference championship is always one of our goals and it’s nice we were able to accomplish that,” Wayland coach Cheri Ritz said. “Our girls take a lot of pride in it. They want to keep the title at Wayland.”
The pitching of Mallory Teunissen highlighted the sweep, as the senior tossed a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts in the opening game. In Game 2, which was stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule, she allowed two hits and struck out eight.
“Mallory has been amazing for us all season and she continued that,” Ritz said. “She seems to be getting stronger and stronger as the season goes on, which is always a good sign.”
Following the games, Teunissen had 266 strikeouts with only four walks allowed.
Despite Teunissen’s pitching no-hit effort, however, the outcome of game one remained undecided heading into the seventh inning as the teams were locked in a scoreless tie.
But in the top of the seventh, Wayland took advantage of a pair of South Christian errors to push three runs across the plate. An RBI single by McKenzy Kasper and an RBI groundout by Leah Morse accounted for two of the runs, with the third scoring on a passed ball.
“I felt kind of bad for South Christian,” Ritz said. “They’d played really well defensively all game and had a couple of costly mistakes in the seventh. But we’ll take it.”
The nightcap was a much different style of game as the Wildcats scored early and often en route to the mercy-rule-shortened win.
Morgan Teunissen led the offense with a single and a triple, while Sydney Urbin had a single and a double. Hailey Houck added a pair of singles.
Two days earlier, the Wildcats completed the two-day Ann Arbor Tournament by making it to the semifinal of the 16-team field before dropping a 2-0 decision to St. Clair Shores Lake Shore.
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