Nathan Broek | Sports Editor
Western Christian 0-2-3-1-0-3-2 11
West Lyon 0-1-0-0-0-4-2 7
LARCHWOOD-After holding a 6-1 lead midway through the game, West Lyon gave Western Christian a scare in non-conference softball Monday, May 21, but the Wolfpack had just enough offense to earn an 11-7 victory for the first game of the 2018 season.
The Wolfpack got on the board first with two runs in the second inning with the Wildcats countering in the bottom of the frame with a run. Western Christian then scored again with three in the top of the third. Brooklyn Van Oort had a two-run single and later scored on a fielder’s choice.
Western Christian added another run in the top of the fourth and three more in the top of the sixth with one of those runs coming on a home run by Alyssa Buren to make the score 9-1.
“Great first game of the year. Very happy with how we did offensively. We put together great at-bats,” said Wolfpack coach Micheal De Jong. “We had 16 hits, but also seven walks. We didn’t chase balls out of the zone. We made West Lyon throw strikes then put some good swings on the ball.”
West Lyon soon began its comeback bid with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, making the score 9-5. Western Christian countered with two in the top of the seventh and held the Wildcats to two in the bottom of the seventh to account for the 11-7 final.
Buren took the circle and threw all seven innings with six hits, seven runs of which only three were earned, five walks and seven strikeouts.
“Alyssa threw well for the first game out. She started to get tired toward the sixth inning and left a few more balls over the plate,” De Jong said. “Credit to West Lyon. They kept battling and put together some nice at-bats in the sixth and seventh innings to get themselves back in the game.”
However, De Jong added his team may have let up on the gas pedal.
“I thought we let up a little in the sixth and seventh innings. We got a big lead and kind of let down a little. To be a great team you have to keep battling until the last out of the game no matter what the score is,” the coach said. “West Lyon has a great program over there. Their teams are always very solid. Very happy for the girls to get that first win of the year out of the way.”
Chandler Schemper ended the night with two hits, three runs and two walks. Buren had one hit, three runs, one RBI and two walks. Brooklyn Van Oort had five hits, three runs and four RBIs. Hannah Jansma had one hit and one RBI. Madison Byl had three hits, two runs and three RBIs. Sydney Stiemsma had two hits.