March 25 - MIAA Players of the Week
|Mar. 18||Hope||4||Concordia Wisconsin||2||Final|
|Geneseo||5||Calvin||7||Final - 10 innings|
|Mar. 19||Allegheny||2||Hope||12||Final - 5 innings|
|Grinnell||0||Calvin||15||Final - 5 innings|
|Calvin||2||New Paltz||12||Final - 5 innings|
|Mar. 20||Western New Eng.||8||Calvin||6||Final|
|Hope||9||D'Youville||1||Final - 5 innings|
|Kalamazoo||5||Farmingdale State||3||Hancock Recreation Complex 5||Final|
|Mar. 23||Carleton||3||Kalamazoo||5||Osceola 4||Final|
|Kalamazoo||7||Franklin||4||Osceola County Softball Complex 5||Final|
|North Central (Ill.)||5||Saint Mary's (Ind.)||2||Final|
|Alma||14||Ohio Wesleyan||6||Final - 6 innings|
|North Central (Ill.)||4||Saint Mary's (Ind.)||1||Final|
|Mar. 24||Ohio Northern||3||Trine||5||Final|
|Ohio Northern||2||Trine||11||Final - 6 innings|
|Adrian||9||Ohio Wesleyan||0||Final - 5 innings|
|Alma||9||Bluffton||1||Final - 6 innings|
|Colby||2||Kalamazoo||11||Final - 5 innings|
|Adrian||9||Defiance||12||Final - 8 innings|
|Mar. 26||Wis.-River Falls||7||Kalamazoo||8||Final - 11 innings|
|Saint Mary's (Ind.)||3||Manchester||1||Final|
|Calvin||9||Wheaton (Ill.)||1||Final - 5 innings|
|Saint Mary's (Ind.)||3||Manchester||1||Final|
|Mar. 27||Kalamazoo||2||Lewis & Clark||10||Final - 6 innings|
|Bluffton||3||Olivet||12||Final - 5 innings|
|Albion||0||Defiance||10||Final - 5 innings|
|Mar. 28||Alma||7||Calvin *||4||Final|
|Mar. 29||Olivet||6||Adrian *||7||Final - 10 innings|
Around the MIAA (through March 24 games)
The Bulldogs played their first games since spring break on Sunday and swept Ohio Wesleyan to extend its winning streak to five games. The Bulldogs led most of the first game but gave up six runs in the last two innings, putting them down by one heading into the bottom of the seventh. AC then loaded the bases and drove in the two runs needed, including a walk-off walk to win the game. The second game was all Adrian, as the Black and Gold thumped the Battling Bishops 9-0, with all nine runs coming in the second inning. Senior pitcher Paige Cubberly went all five innings and only gave up four hits with one strikeout. The five-game winning streak is the program’s longest since a six-game streak in the 2015 season.
Sitting on 899 wins entering the week, Head Coach Denny Griffin earned his 900th career victory with a 10-6 win over Ohio Wesleyan. Griffin has been the head softball coach at Alma since 1989 (31 years) and has finished with fewer than 23 wins only three times. The softball team averaged nearly 11 runs over four games last week, dropping only a 10-9 decision to Bluffton College on Sunday (March 24) and winning two games by the eight-run mercy rule. Senior McKenzie Creed (Edwardsburg, Mich.) and junior Bry Chapman (Holt, Mich.) both hit home runs for the Scots.
The Knights recorded six wins in Florida for spring break play. Maddie DeGroot broke the school record for hits during the span; DeGroot now has 167 career hits.
The Flying Dutch gave head coach Mary VandeHoef her 200th career victory during their spring break trip to Florida. In nine seasons, VandeHoef is the second Flying Dutch softball coach to reach the 200-win milestone. Hope won seven of eight games last week to raise its overall record to 9-3. The Flying Dutch received grand slams during the week from two sophomores: shortstop Savannah Dixon (Niles, Mich.) and catcher Morgann Kanouse (Cadillac, Mich.).
After losing its first three games of the season in Florida, the Hornets evened their record to 3-3 with three straight wins over Farmingdale State, Carleton, and Franklin. Andrea MacMichael went 10-for-22 (.455) in those six games with two doubles, a triple, seven runs, and one RBI while also throwing out two runners at the plate from center field. Ashley Schiffer is hitting .368 (7-for-19) with a double and four RBIs while Alyssa Heitkamp is hitting .333 with a triple and an RBI. Kalamazoo is scheduled to play six more games in Florida before returning home to host Alma in the MIAA opener on Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m.
The Comets had a 1-3 record at the North Park Invitational. After losing the first three games, the Comet bats woke up to post a 16-11 win over the host Vikings in their final game. Payton Watson played in three games, and recorded an .800 batting average, 1.200 slugging percentage, .750 on-base percentage and four RBI. Dayoni Mahlich scored four runs and hit at a .750 clip in three games. Kinslea Blouin and Andrea Rico both had a .500 batting average and 3 RBI. Blouin hit a double and home run for a .786 slugging percentage. Rico earned the Comets' lone pitching win.
The Belles lost a pair of close games against undefeated North Central. In a 5-2 setback in the opener, Kelsey Keilman went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Molly Mirabelli was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Krystal Harris had a double in a 4-1 game-two setback.
The Thunder started the week with no games scheduled, but a last minute change gave them a doubleheader against Ohio Northern on Sunday. They made the most of it coming away with two wins. Senior Kate Saupe (Farwell, Mich.) once again shown in the circle coming up with a save in the first game and winning the second game. The offense really exploded in the pair of games for the team as they finished the day with seven home runs from six different batters.
2019 MIAA Softball Standings
|GP||Record||Win %||RF||RA||GP||Record||Win %||RF||RA||Last 10||Streak|
|Saint Mary's (Ind.)||16||9-7||0.563||56||53||39||15-24||0.385||126||163||5-5||Lost 1|