Big Rapids softball takes two from Bucks

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids softball team swept Pine River in nonconference doubleheader action on Monday.

The Cardinals (4-7, 1-1 CSAA) pulled out a 12-8 victory in the first game before securing an 18-12 win in a wild second game.

Rachelle Hendrick was the winning pitcher for the Cardinals after giving up eight runs on six hits with 10 walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

Taylor Nemeth went 1-for-3 and scored two runs while Kelly Taylor was 1-for-3 with two runs and RBIs apiece to lead Big Rapids


Brooke Pennington took the pitching loss for the Bucks in the opener, giving up eight earned runs on three hits with four strikeouts in four innings.

Alyssa Johnson led the Bucks offensively with three RBIs while Erin Millen was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Taylor North was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

In the nightcap, Kailey Hunt was the winning pitcher after giving up 12 runs on 14 hits with three strikeouts.

Erin Carlson was 2-for-4 with four RBIs and a run while Cara Jensen was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs and runs apiece for the Cardinals’ offense.

Alexis Stokely was the losing pitcher for the Bucks after giving up 14 earned runs on 16 hits with five strikeouts.

Stokely helped her cause at the plate with a home run and four RBIs while Pennington was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and Alyssa Johnson hit a two-run double.

Prior to Monday’s twinbill, the Cardinals suffered a pair of setbacks to CSAA foe Hesperia on Friday.

Big Rapids lost the first game, 7-6. Hunt pitched six innings in the loss, allowing seven runs on four hits while striking out two and walking four.

Kayla Chamberlain went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run while Taylor went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

In the second game, the Cardinals lost by a score of 16-15.

Jensen pitched six innings, allowing 15 runs on eight hits while striking out four and walking seven.

Offensively, Carlson went 4-for-5, scoring fourruns with four RBIs and two doubles while Johnson went 2-for-3 with two runs and a two-run home run.