Varsity softball blasts Cedar Springs for a pair of conference wins


Varsity softball came back in their best efforts of the season, burying the Cedar Springs Red Hawks twice last night, 8-4 and 19-1. Senior Hannah Miller and junior Tori MacLeod both gave lights-out performances in the circle and junior Molly Donovan went 7-8 at the plate on the day with 2 doubles. 

In game one, FHC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second after a Hannah Miller leadoff double turned into a run.

The Rangers took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but the Red Hawk offense came alive for the first time all night with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.

Juniors Zoe Guikema, Valerie Nuffer, and Alex VanElls all came across to score in the top of the seventh. That was too much for Cedar to handle, as they could only muster one more run in the bottom of the seventh. Tori gave seven strong innings, allowing only two earned runs out of the four total throughout the first game.

Valerie and Molly dominated in the second game, along with the Ranger offense as a whole. FHC scored 4 runs in the first after three hits from the top of the order. The Rangers then jumped on Cedar’s second arm for 9 runs in the second.

Hannah took care of the Red Hawk lineup through the three innings before FHC went on to mercy a struggling Cedar team. In the top of the third, FHC scored 6 more runs in their first 19-run effort of the year.

Along with Molly’s huge night, Valerie had 5 hits on the night. Alex also had a solid outing at the plate, while junior Emma Davis had a big grand slam. The pitching staff dominated, and the offense looked like a cohesive unit for the first time consecutively all season.

The Rangers move to 7-6 (5-3) on the season. They will look to repeat their success on Wednesday again against the Cedar Springs Red Hawks. They also play FHE at FHE on Friday to cap off the week.