Baldwin girls softball drop twinbill against Bear Lake

BALDWIN — Big innings proved to be the difference for Bear Lake in a 16-0 and 16-1 West Michigan D League softball doubleheader sweep over Baldwin on Monday.

In the first game, the Lakers scored five runs in the first inning and three in the second. They had six in the third and added two in the fourth to put the mercy rule into effect.

Bear Lake had one run in the first inning of the second game, but none in the second and it was 1-0 going into the bottom of the third. The Lakers exploded for 15 runs to end the game on the mercy rule.

Sarah Hilliard was the winning pitcher in both games. She allowed two hits in the first game and three in the second.

In the first game, Hilliard had three hits, including a 3-run over-the-fence homer and four RBIs. Madeleine Smeltzer delivered three hits and two RBIs while Anna Harrington had two hits and one RBI.

The second game featured three hits apiece from Jamie Ferguson and Nicole Girven while Sara Babcock and Smeltzer had two hits apiece. Both Girven and Smeltzer delivered four RBIs. Babcock had two RBIs.

“I thought Sarah pitched a great game, both games,” said Bear Lake coach Garret Waller. “She got into trouble one of the innings in the second game and battled out of hit. I thought we hit the ball well both games.”

Bear Lake improved to 10-13 overall and 4-6 in the conference.

“We had some baserunning mistakes,” Waller said. “Other than that, I thought we hit well.”

For Baldwin, 0-8 Alexis DeFrece was the losing pitcher in the first game and Ashley Roy took the loss in the second.

“We just didn’t hit the ball,” said Baldwin coach Bob Hilts. “If you don’t hit, you can’t win and that’s what happened. We’re letting too many good pitches get by us.”

Baldwin used Alex Torres, who also runs track, at catcher.

“It’s the first game she’s played for us,” Hilts said. “We were down to nine players today. She’s a good catcher.”

Baldwin is home Friday with Walkerville and home Monday with Muskegon Heights.