Chelsea Bulldog Softball Sweeps Olivet





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The Chelsea softball team faced some stiff competition last week as they took on a strong Olivet team Friday and three state ranked Division 1 teams Saturday.

The Bulldogs came away with a sweep of Olivet taking the opener 2-1 and the nightcap 13-4.

The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the third, but Peighton Root tied it with a homerun in the fourth.

It stayed that way until the seventh when Grace Bush and Caroline Hirth started the inning with singles. A walk loaded the bases with nobody out and after a pop out, Alise Hale ripped a single to center to drive home Bush for the walk-off win.

Bush led the offense with three hits and a run scored. Hale had the game-winning hit and RBI and Root the homerun.

Maddie Kemp struck out 11 and allowed five hits for the win.

Chelsea scored six in the first to take control of the second game. Four more runs in the fourth made it 10-2 as they cruised to the win.

Sydnee Liedel had a big game at the plate with four hits, two RBI, and three runs scored. Root finished with two hits and two RBI, while Hirth had two hits and one RBI. Hale added a hit and two RBI and Stephanie Dark a hit and RBI.

Hayley Townsend struck out five for the win on the mound.

The Bulldogs faced Division 1 teams that were ranked sixth, seventh and Honorable Mention in Division 1 at the South Lyon tournament Saturday. The experience will help them to prepare for the D2 state tournament as they came home with a 0-2-1 record in three very close games.

They opened with sixth-ranked Macomb Dakota and dropped a 3-1 decision.

Dakota scored three in the first to take the early lead. The Bulldogs got one back on an RBI single by Bush to make it 3-1. They loaded the bases in the same inning but could not score.

They would not threaten the rest of the way as Dakota held on for the win.

Bush led the offense with two hits and an RBI, while Root had a hit and scored a run.

Kemp took the loss, striking out four and allowing six hits.

Chelsea then dropped an 8-7 decision to D1 honorable mention, South Lyon. The Bulldogs fell behind 8-1 but battled back.

Bush and Sydney Hines smacked home runs in the fourth as Chelsea plated four to make it 8-5.

Maddie Vasquez doubled in two runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 8-7 but Chelsea would get no closer.

Liedel had a big game with four hits and an RBI. Hale had three hits and a run scored, Hines two hits and an RBI, Vasquez a hit and three RBI and Bush the home run.

Townsend struck out two in the loss.

Chelsea took an early 4-1 lead over seventh ranked Mattawan in the third game.

Mattawan began to chip away at the lead and took a 6-4 lead in the top of the seventh on a two-run single. The Bulldogs battled back and tied the game on an RBI triple by Hine and RBI single by Vasquez in the bottom of the seventh.

Neither team could score in the eighth and the game ended in a 6-6 tie.

Root led the offense with three hits and an RBI, while Liedel had three hits and two runs scored. Vasquez had two hits and two RBI, Hale two hits and a run scored, and Hine a hit and two RBI. Kemp struck out three on the mound.

Chelsea pounded AA Skyline 17-1 earlier in the week.

Hale and Kemp each had three hits and two RBI. Liedel, Root, and Vasquez each picked up two hits and two RBI, while Phoebe Kahler, Hannah Kahler, and Bush each had two hits and one RBI. Kemp struck out seven for the win.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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