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Lady Warriors Softball Recap

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Sammy Niehaus

The Lady Warriors had quite the week of softball. They played 8 games in 5 days, and overcame many obstacles to show their determination, perseverance and trust in each other. Sophomore pitcher Hailey Roy did a phenomenal job in the circle for the Lady Warriors, and earned every bit of her weekend off.

On Monday, Grass Lake traveled to Manchester for a conference match up. The Lady Warriors won game 1 with a score of 21-2, and game 2’s score was 8-5. Justice Ruggles, Theresa Rankin, Abby Niehaus, and Ella Suliman lead the Warriors offensively. Hailey Roy hit a 2-run home run, and Maddie Turner hit well and was responsible for runs scored. Mckenze Thompson also added hits for Grass Lake in both games.

On Wednesday, Grass Lake welcomed Concord to town. Hailey Roy struck out 11 batters in game 1, while sophomore Justice Ruggles pitched game 2 and struck out 5. The Lady Warriors won both games for the sweep! Justice Ruggles hit a 3-run homerun after Mckenze Thompson hit a double followed by back-to-back singles from Ella Suliman and Abby Niehaus. Maddie Maynard, Maddie Turner, Theresa Rankin and Maddy Brunt also hit for the Warriors.

On Thursday, Cascades Conference rival, Napoleon visited town in front of a sellout crowd. The Pirates were too much offensively for the Warriors, who played great defense, but couldn’t recover with the right combination of enough hits and runs. Game 1 was a 14-0 shut out after Napoleon had 3 players hit home runs. In game 2, Napoleon jumped to an early lead, but Grass Lake fought back. The Lady Warriors started a great comeback but just fell short and dropped game 2 with the score of 6-7.

On Friday, Grass Lake, missing 4 starters, played Whitmore Lake. Grass Lake swept the visiting team. Freshman Abby Fullerton came up from the JV team to hit an inside the park home run that helped the Warriors offensively. Hailey Roy struck out 12 batters in the victories. Maddie Turner hit a grand slam and a triple, while Abby Niehaus also added a triple and a double. Hailey Roy also hit a double, as the team picked up 23 walks in both games.

The Lady Warriors are now 25-3 on the season and will play Morenci, and Vandercook Lake this week.

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