Chelsea Softball Remains Atop of SEC White





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Catcher Maddie Vasquez (left) tags out a Dexter runner at the plate. Photo by Dawn Miller

The Chelsea softball team moved a step closer to an SEC White title showdown with Ypsilanti Lincoln after picking up three conference wins last week and remained atop the division standings.

The Bulldogs improved to 12-0 in the conference. Lincoln is in second with a 10-2 record. If both teams win their games this week, they will face off Monday in Chelsea with the SEC White title on the line. Chelsea travels to Pinckney, while Lincoln will travel to Dexter.

Chelsea opened the week sweeping a pair of games from rival Dexter. They took the opener 9-3 and won the second 13-10.



The Bulldogs scored in each of the first four innings of the opener to take an 8-0 lead and cruise to the win.

Sydnee Liedel led the Bulldogs with three hits, an RBI, and two runs scored. Peighton Root, Grace Bush, and Maddie kemp each had two hits and an RBI, while Alise Hale had two hits and scored a run. Hannah Kahler had a hit and two RBI and Maddie Vasquez a hit and RBI.

Kemp struck out six for the win on the mound.

Chelsea pounded out 22 hits and scored nine runs in the first inning but had to hold on for a 13-10 win in the second game.

Hale had a huge night at the plate going 5 for 5 with two RBI and scored four runs. Vasquez had four hits and three RBI, including a home run. Liedel added four hits and an RBI, while Bush had two hits and three RBI. Root, Sydney Hines, and Kemp each had two hits and an RBI.

Kemp struck out three for the win.

The Bulldogs fell behind Saline 5-1 after two innings Wednesday, but the bats came to life as they scored 13 runs in the third inning on their way to a 16-6 win over the Hornets.

Hale, Root, and Kemp each hit home runs and the teams combined for six round-trippers in the game.

The offense collected 17 hits, led by Hale’s three hits and two RBI. Carline Hirth had three hits and an RBI, while Root and Kahler had two hits and two RBI. Vasquez and Bush each had two hits and an RBI, Kemp a home run and four RBI, Hines a hit and two RBI, and Liedel and hit and RBI. Kemp struck out six for the win.

Chelsea finished the week by splitting a doubleheader with Monroe Jefferson winning 13-6 and falling 15-8.

The Bulldogs scored eight in the first inning and cruised to the win.

The bats kept booming as Hines, Hale, and Vasquez smacked homers. Liedel finished with three hits and two RBI to lead the offense.  Vasquez had two hits and three RBI, Hale two hits and two RBI, Root, Kahler, and Hirth two hits and one RBI.

Jefferson scored in every inning in the second game to pull out the win.

Chelsea smacked four homers in game two, with Vasquez, Liedel, Hale, and Root hitting long balls.

Bush, Liedel, and Root each had two hits, while Hale had a hit and four RBI’s and Vasquez a hit and two RBI’s.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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