Wayland’s Abby Merice watches a pitch during the Wildcats’ first game of the Gull Lake Invitational on Saturday, April 25.

Wayland wins Gull Lake tourney to improve to 10-1

Jason Wesseldyk

Wayland softball coach Cheri Ritz was coming off a season in which she led her team to the Division 2 state semifinals and finished with a 42-2 record.
Still, she didn’t know what to expect from this year’s squad.
“We lost so much talent from last year’s team and I honestly didn’t know what we’d be this season,” Ritz said.
So far, so good.
The Wildcats improved to 10-1 by winning three games at the Gull Lake Invitational on Saturday, April 25, with the third of those wins coming in the form of a 4-0 victory over Mattawan in the title game.
“All the girls are just playing so well right now,” Ritz said. “We have girls who were on the team last season who are playing more significant roles this season, and we have some young players on the team for the first time who are making a big impact.”
No player is making a bigger impact for Wayland than senior pitcher Mallory Teunissen.
The starter and winner of all three games at the Gull Lake tourney, Teunissen struck out a total of 36 batters while walking one and scattering eight hits over 21 innings.
The walk issued by Teunissen—which came in a 7-1 win over Parchment in an opening-round game—was her first of the season. By day’s end, she had 109 strikeouts and the lone base on balls.
“She’s been absolutely phenomenal,” Ritz said of Teunis-sen. “I’ve been around the game of softball for a long time and I’ve had a lot of good pitchers on my teams. But I don’t remember any of them ever having that kind of strikeout-to-walk ratio. That’s unbelievable.
“And we’re facing good, quality opponents. These are good players she’s going against and she’s just been dominant.”

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