Farwell’s Jack Pine Conference title hopes took a major blow Tuesday night, falling to host Beaverton 4-3 and 7-1 in JPC softball. The losses eliminated the Lady Eagles in the race for the closely contested JPC title.
Kate Saupe was the losing pitcher in game one, striking out six batters.
Caron White had two hits and two RBI for Farwell, Jessie Theisen had one hit and one RBI and Alysha Luster had one hit.
“We just did not hit the ball like we usually do,” Farwell head coach Steve Klinge said. “When the bats go flat there just isn’t much you can do to try and produce runs. Played OK defense, but just didn’t move the ball around well enough to win.”
White suffered the loss in game two, pitching three and 1/3 innings, striking out one batter. Saupe came in and pitched the final three and 2/3 innings, striking out three batters.
Emily Ruckle had two hits and an RBI, Luster had a double, with Saupe and Theisen both getting one hit.
“Again, we just couldn’t hit and we made three or four bad errors that cost us some runs,” Klinge said. “We didn’t deserve to win game two at all. Too many mistakes on our end. They hit the ball hard all night and we didn’t make plays when we needed to and didn’t produce runs when we had the chances. We have counted on extra base hits all year and we knew if we didn’t get them we would be in trouble.”
On Thursday, May 9 Farwell swept Pine River, 6-1 and 10-2.
Saupe picked up the win in game one, giving up three hits and striking out nine batters.
Saupe also added three singles, scored two runs and drove in a pair, Theisen had a triple, double and three RBI, Sammi Latting had a double and Ruckle and Bekah Averill both had singles.
Saupe added her second win of the day in the nightcap, giving up one hit and striking out six batters.
Saupe added three more hits on offense, including a triple and two RBI. Latting had a double, single and two RBI, Theisen, Kelsey Seiter, Danni Hanna and Brittany Cogswell all had singles.
Farwel (14-4 overall, 8-4) JPC hosted Harrison on Thursday, plays at Beal City on Saturday and wraps up its regular season at home against Fulton on May 20.