Wildcat softball team shuts out Kenowa Hills twice

Oakleigh Hulst

The Wayland varsity softball team’s winning streak was extended to 11 games Thursday afternoon with a doubleheader sweep of Kenowa Hills.

The Wildcats scored a couple of shutout victories, 10-0 and 17-0 to push their O-K Gold Conference record to 4-0 and their overall mark to 11-1.

Senior ace Emma Ludema threw a one-hit shutout at the Knights in the opener, striking out 11 batters. Ludema already has a perfect game under her belt this season.

Kennedy Cole and Rya Vanderkool both drilled a couple of hits. Cole and Oakleigh Hulst both collected three runs batted in and Kaitlyn Sikkema added two.

Wayland plated five runs in the opening inning and coasted the rest of the way.

Freshman Harmony Laker tossed a two-hut shutout at Kenowa in the nightcap, which was cut short by the mercy rule after the ‘Cats scored nine times in the fourth inning. She struck out five hitters.

Cole and Laker both drove home three runs and Kami Morse two. Morse came up with three hits, Cole two and Liberty Laker one.

The Wildcats will be busy over the next two days because of postponements caused by inclement weather. They’ll play a makeup doubleheader Friday at Grand Rapids Catholic Central and then come back home to be hosts for their own invitational tournament Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.

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