Jenny Miller took the bull by the horns, going 3-5 at the dish with five RBIs and took the ball in the circle and survived eight hits and five walks allowed to Wawasee in a 9-5 softball victory. Kennadie Lopez added two hits and two walks while scoring three times for the Minutemen, which move to 15-7 overall and finish 10-4 in the NLC.
Wawasee, now 9-12 overall and 5-8 in the conference, got a double and homer from Madi Anderson, driving in three and also walking twice. Alli Ousley also doubled and drove in a run. Ousley struck out 10 batters working into the eighth.
A five-run first inning for Concord did the trick as the visiting Minutemen held on for an 8-7 victory over the Wawasee JV. Priscilla Weikart and Katie Avery both had three hits, Weikart scoring twice.
Minutemen Spin The Merry-Go-Round
Concord pounded out 15 hits and turned in what was a 1-1 game into an 18-1 rout in NLC baseball in Dunlap.
The Minutemen (17-4, 10-4 NLC) tattooed the ball, led by a pair of doubles from Mason Eldridge and two-baggers from Cain Crowley, Matt Kotva, Nick DeFreese and Dakota Simon as well as a triple by Taylor Miller. Tied at one in the second inning, Concord hung matching seven-run boards in the second and third innings as well as a three-spot in the fourth.
Wawasee drops to 3-17 overall on the year and has just one win in 13 tries in the NLC. The Warriors final attempt at NLC bliss will happen Friday night at NorthWood.
Wawasee held an 8-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh against Concord’s JV, but the Minutemen turned around a monumental rally, getting the six runs it needed to win 9-8. Jordan Currie smacked a triple and drove in three runs for the Warriors and Brock Spangle added a double and a run.
Warriors Continue NLC Struggles
It’s been a puzzling season for the Wawasee boys golf team. Showing well in a handful of competitive invitationals this season, the Northern Lakes Conference has not been a tour dé force.
At the Plymouth Country Club Wednesday night, Wawasee sputtered with a 169 to fall to both Plymouth and Concord, shooting 164s. Plymouth won of the fifth-man score.
Wawasee had a 36 from Jeffrey Moore and 39 rebound from Dylan Cousins, but scores fell flat from there. Both Luke Jackson and Tristen Atwood limped in with 47s after leading Wawasee in recent weeks in scoring. Mason Germonprez carded a 50 as the fifth score. The loss sends Wawasee (8-7) to 0-5 in the NLC.
Plymouth were led by a 37 from Ben Schenk while Concord’s AJ Sendlin fired a 38. The 47 from Plymouth’s Kendall Kistler trumped the 49 of Concord’s Nick Newcomer to decide the match.
Plymouth also grabbed two wins at JV, shooting 173 to beat Wawasee (193) and Concord (235).
“As a team we again made too many big numbers,” said Wawasee head coach Steve Coverstone, noting the Warriors had nine scores of double bogey or worse. “We are turning bogeys into triple or worse. Hopefully we will come back tomorrow and Saturday with smarter play when we get into trouble.”
Wawasee faces Northridge and Goshen at South Shore Golf Club tomorrow to close out the round robin ahead of Saturday’s NLC Tournament at Maplecrest in Goshen.