Gold Conference championship race started with a split between the Wayland and Thornapple Kellogg varsity softball teams
Only Wayland girls stand between TK and Gold title Brett Bremer Sports Editor The OK Gold Conference championship race started with a split between the Wayland and Thornapple Kellogg varsity softball teams in Wayland in 2018. The conference title will come down to the doubleheader that closes out the conference season in 2019, Monday in Middleville.
Thornapple Kellogg improved to 10-0 in the OK Gold Conference with 15-4 and 17-2 wins against the Wyoming Wolves, in Wyoming, Tuesday. Wayland was 7-1 in the conference heading into a May 15 doubleheader with Grand Rapids Christian.
The Trojans take on Kenowa Hills in a non-conference doubleheader at home this afternoon.
Paige VanStee was 3-for-4 with a double and two triples and five RBI in the Trojans’ 17-2 win in three innings in game two against the Wolves Tuesday.
Bella VanTil went 3-for-3, with a double and two singles. Mo Sprague tripled twice, scoring twice and driving in two runs. Ashley Snyder, Carly Grummet and Maleah Bailey had two hits each as well for TK. Snyder drove in three runs and Bailey two, and each had a double. TK had 14 hits as a team.
Bre Lake got the win in the circle, striking out five in three innings. She gave up three hits and two walks.
TK took game one 15-4, pounding 13 more hits. Lake drilled a three-run home run to left field to plate the Trojans’ final three runs in the top of the fifth.
VanStee was 3-of-4 with a double, four RBI and three runs. Sprague had a single, a double and five RBI. Lake was 2-four-4. Grummet was 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI. Shylin Robirds and Bailey also had RBI for the Trojans.
Lake pitched for the Trojans, giving up ten his and one walk. She struck out four in the five-inning contest.
The Trojans split a tough non-conference double header at Gull Lake Monday, falling 9-1 in the opener to the Blue Devils before scoring a 17-8 win in game two.
TK had 15 hits in its game two win. Lake homered twice and VanStee homered as well to lead the TK attack. Lake drove in six runs and VanStee five.
Snyder was 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs and an RBI. She doubled twice. VanTil was 4-for-4 with a double. She scored one run and drove in one.
Bailey, Grummet, Sprague and Julianna VanMeter also had hits for TK in the win.
VanStee earned the pitching win.
Gull Lake ace Lauren Esman held TK to one hit while striking out 15 in the opener. She didn’t walk a batter and the only run against her was unearned.
Lake took the loss in the circle for the Trojans, allowing five earned runs.