Fennville sweeps past Saugatuck in softball double header
By Leo Martonosi
Saugatuck softball coach Matt Diaz almost didn’t recognize the Fennville squad that visited his team’s home field on Friday, May 26.
“They’ve really gotten a lot better since we played two games with them (on May 11),” Diaz said of the Blackhawks.
The comments by Diaz came after the visiting Blackhawks took both ends of a doubleheader from Saugatuck, winning 10-0 and 18-5.
Veteran Fennville coach Tony Pena couldn’t say enough about the way his team has been playing as of late.
“We’ve been playing very well the last three or four weeks after starting the season 0-12,” Pena said.
According to Pena, there are three main reasons for the Blackhawks’ current hot streak.
“We’ve been getting solid pitching, we’ve been getting good hitting and we’ve been getting very good defense,” Pena said.
There’s another factor that has also played into Fennville’s improved performance.
“We’re starting to believe in ourselves,” Pena said.
Diaz said both teams are different from the ones that met three weeks earlier.
“They’re playing with a lot more confidence,” Diaz said. “Because of an injury we’ve had to move our shortstop (Melody Antel) to pitcher and our first baseman (A. Phillips) to shortstop.”
Actually Ante;, the losing pitcher in both games against Fennville, was victorious in her first clash on the mound against the Blackhawks.
“Melody actually threw well today,” Diaz said. “We didn’t help her out like we needed, like we did when we beat those guys.”
The visitors took advantage of Saugatuck’s miscues in the first inning of both games, scoring four runs in the first game and nine at the start of the second game.
Diaz was taken back by his team’s slow start.
“We came out flat,” he said. “This was Fennville and there was no reason for that.”
Danielle Davis was the winning pitcher in the first game, while picking up the win on the mound in game two was Mady DeRoo.
Ellery Gentry collected three hits on the day for the Indians.
Both Fennville’s Jessie Pena and Saugatuck’s Josie Lubben came up with solid defensive plays behind the plate. Pena, putting her strong right arm on full display, often threw from her knees when making the toss to either second baseman Coryne Howard or shortstop Madison Raak.
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