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Ravenna powers past league foes to earn district softball title (photos, video)

Bulldogs mercy-rule North Muskegon and Montague, capture first district title since 2017.

Photos by Bethany McCullough | CatchMark

MONTAGUE — Ravenna’s softball team powered past Montague and captured the program’s first district title since 2017 with a 14-3, five-inning victory over the Wildcats in a Division 3 district final Saturday at Montague.

The Bulldogs were lifted by the power hitting of freshmen Emma Herremans and Addison Gillard, as Herremans homered twice and Gillard also delivered a game-ending long ball.

In two five-inning victories Saturday, Ravenna outscored a pair of West Michigan Conference opponents by a combined 25-3 tally.

Here are details from the day (Montague info not submitted):

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Ravenna pitching:

Emma Gillard: 3 R, 4 H, 4 K, 1 BB

Addison Gillard: 2 K

Ravenna hitting:

Emma Herremans 3-for-3, 2 HRs, 2B

Addison Gillard 1-for-3, HR

Emma Gillard 2-for-3, 3B

Kara Postema 2-for-2, 2 2Bs

Ellie Solem 2-for-2

Maddie Kilbourne 1-for-2

Kendra Denhof 1-for-3

Record:

Ravenna 29-7

What’s next:

Ravenna advances to a regional tournament it hosts on Saturday, June 11. The Bulldogs will play Saranac in the first semifinal at 10 a.m. Ithaca and Grandville Calvin Christian meet in the noon semifinal. The regional finals are set for 2 p.m.

SEMIFINALS

Ravenna 11, North Muskegon 0 (5 innings): The Bulldogs rolled past the Norse in the first game of the tournament on the strength of Emma Gillard, who spun a two-hit shutout with eight strikeouts. She helped her own cause with two hits, including a double. Addison Gillard had two hits, including a triple, while Kara Postema also finished with a pair of hits. Liberty Willick doubled.

Montague 14, Newaygo 13: The Wildcats edged the Lions in a high-scoring game, advancing to the district final.

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  1. Seth

    June 5, 2022 at 10:24 am

    Great job!!! Love all the sports coverage!!!!

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