Lady Wildcats go unbeaten to reclaim Gold softball title

(From left) senior Kylie Mutschler, sophomore Kami Morse and senior Kayla Reed.

The Wayland varsity softball team has proved that indeed it is back.

The Lady Wildcats pummeled Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills 19-0 and 23-0 Monday afternoon and evening to complete their O-K Gold Conference season undefeated in 14 challenges. The title comes two years after giving it up in a rare losing season.

Coach Cheri Ritz’s group now owns a 25-3 record overall in preparation for the District 2 post-season district tournament, which will take place at the Wildcat diamond at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Saturday, June 5.

In Monday’s league clincher, Junior Emma Ludema tossed her fourth no-hitter of the spring and third perfect game. Senior Kayla Reed threw a one-hit shutout.

Leading the Wildcat attack: in the opener was Grace Kincaid (3-for-4), all singles.  Kayla Reed, Kami Morse and Kennedy Cole collected two hits each.  Emma Tornes, Kaelyn Sikkema, Emma Ludema and Kylie Mutschlet each added a hit.  Kylie Mutschler hit a triple

Ritz said it is the 26th conference softball championship  in school history.

Top offensive performers were Grace Kincaid going 2-for-3, with a double; Kami Morse, Kayla Reed, Rya VanderKooi and Jada Mohon had hits in the nightcap.

The Wildcats will play a non-league doubleheader at Zeeland West Wednesday afternoon and then finish the regular season at home Thursday, June 3, entertaining Muskegon Oakridge.

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