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District softball: Hart wins second straight district; tough losses for Oakridge, Whitehall

Pirates advance to next Saturday’s regional at Clare.

Hart’s softball team poses for a group photo after the Pirates defeated Manistee for a Division 3 district title Saturday, June 4, 2022, at Mason County Central. (Courtesy of Hart softball)

Hart’s softball team captured a Division 3 district championship for a second straight season Saturday.

The Pirates collected a pair of five-inning, mercy-rule victories, 18-8 over district host Mason County Central in the semifinals and 15-4 over Manistee in the finals.


Hart pitcher:

Finley Kistler 5 IP, 5 K, 2 BB

Hart hitters:

Skylar Smith 3 H, 4 RBIs

Abby Hicks 3 H, 2 RBI

Gabby Schmieding 3 H, 2 RBI

Morgan Marvin 2 H

Kelsey Copenhaver 2 H

What’s next:

Hart advances to regional play next Saturday at Clare, where the Pirates will face Evart in the semifinals at noon.


In three district games, including Tuesday’s 11-10 first-round win over Hesperia, Smith went 11-for-12 with one home run, two triples and four doubles while producing 14 RBIs.


Oakridge dropped a tough 7-6 decision to Coopersville in a Division 2 district semifinal Saturday at Spring Lake.

Oakridge led 4-1 through 3 1/2 innings before Coopersville scored six in the bottom half of the fourth. The Eagles tied it at 6 in the fifth, but the Broncos scored the eventual winning run in the sixth.

Oakridge pitcher:

Brooklyn Galdeen 6 IP, 14 H, 7 R (6 ER), 4 K, 0 BB

Oakridge hitters:

Jasmine Pastor 2 H, 2 RBIs

Madison Clark 2 H, 2B

Mallori Whipple 2 H, 2 R, 2 RBIs


Oakridge 28-8


Oakridge won its sixth straight West Michigan Conference title this season. Coopersville went on defeat Fruitport in the district finals, 18-3. Fruitport advanced to the district final with a 17-1 win over Orchard View.


Photos courtesy of Tim Jones

Whitehall dropped a 7-5 heartbreaker in 11 innings against Grant in a Division 2 district semifinal Saturday at Whitehall.

Whitehall pitcher:

Megan LeaTrea 13 K

Whitehall hitters:

Alyssa Taylor 2 H, 3B, RBI

Evelyn Darke 2 H, RBI

Illeana Hatcher 1 H, 4 BB


Grant defeated Ludington in the district finals, 3-2 in eight innings. Ludington got to the district final with a 15-0, four-inning victory over Howard City Tri County.


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