Young pitchers lead Bulldogs past Trojans
For the record, Madison Kinnane and Abbey Deamud are both freshmen.
You just might not have known that based on the way the Otsego tandem pitched against rival Plainwell in a Wolverine Conference East softball doubleheader on Friday, May 1.
Kinnane and Deamud each pitched a complete game—Kinnane in the opener and Deamud in the nightcap—as the Bulldogs defeated the Trojans 3-1 and 5-3.
“Both of our freshmen pitchers pitched very well,” Otsego coach Jake Knash said.
Kinnane scattered eight hits with one walk and no strikeouts in limiting Plainwell to one run. Deamud, meanwhile, allowed three runs—one earned—and five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
But they weren’t the only Otsego freshmen to impress Knash.
Fellow freshmen Kassidy Wesaw was behind the plate in the first game, with classmate Lexi Bower handling the catching duties in game two.
“They were a big difference maker for us,” Knash said of Wesaw and Bower. “They did an excellent job blocking the ball and not allowing Plainwell to take too many bases on us.”
Wesaw also got the offense rolling for the Bulldogs, hitting an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning of the opener to plate Otsego’s first run. Bower knocked in the other two Bulldog runs, using a groundout in the fourth inning and a single in the fifth to get the job done.
Plainwell scored its lone run in the top of the fifth as Peyton Troff led off the frame with a single and eventually scored on an RBI by Rachel Moore.
In game two, Plainwell struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. But Otsego responded with a three-run rally an inning later that included a run-scoring single by Wesaw and a two-run single by Emma Nuyen.
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