Farwell softball splits at tourney

The Farwell varsity softball team competed at the Bay City Central tournament on Saturday, going 1-1 on the day with an 8-5 loss to North Branch and 3-2 win over Grand Ledge.
Kate Saupe suffered the loss in game on, giving up five earned runs on six hits, nine strikeouts and three walks.
Jessie Theisen had three hits, including a home run and an RBI, Kelsey Seither and Alysha Luster both had two hits and one home run apiece, with Seiter adding two RBI and Luster driving in one. Kayla Cotton also added two singles. Saupe, Caron White and Sammi Latting each had one hit.
Saupe rebounded to pick up the win against Grand Ledge, pitching all seven innings and giving up two earned runs on three hits, 15 strikeouts and four walks.
Bekkah Averill had two hits and an RBI, Saupe, Seiter and Theisen all had one hit, with Seiter adding an RBI. White drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“We played well again today and hit really well in the first game,” Farwell head coach Steve Klinge said. “We made some young mental mistakes but that is to be expected at this point. Struggled at the plate a bit the second game but they always keep fighting to the last out. Great day for Saupe and good run production from the middle and bottom of the lineup.”
On Thursday, April 25 Farwell swept visiting Houghton Lake in Jack Pine Conference play, 11-1 (five innings) and 15-1 (six innings).
Saupe earned the win in game one, giving up one hit and striking out 10 batters.
Emily Ruckle led the offense with four hits, three runs and two stolen bases, Luster, Saupe and Latting all had three hits, with Luster getting a triple and four RBI and Latting adding a double and two stolen bases. White added two singles.
Whit earned the win in game two, pitching five innings and giving up five hits and striking out six batters. Luster pitched one inning in relief, striking out one batter.
Ruckle had five hits and one RBI, Luster and Cotton both had two hits, Saupe, White, Theisen and Jenna McKinley all had one hit apice with McKinley adding three RBI.
“Overall we played pretty well, but we had too many small mental mistakes that will really hurt us against the elite teams in the conference,” Klinge said. “We have to get this stuff figured out. We hit really well again and that is definitely our strength. We are solidifying our defense up every night and getting better with every pitch.”
Farwell (5-3 overall 3-1 JPC) played at Gladwin on Wednesday, hosted Roscommon on Thursday and plays at Meridian May 7.

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