The Tawas Area softball team won the Hillman Invitational on Saturday, April 24. The Lady Braves topped Rogers City 10-7 in the opening round and capped the day off with a thrilling 9-8 walk-off win over Hillman in the championship game.

TAWAS CITY – Tawas Area’s fantastic start to the softball season continued on Friday afternoon. The Lady Braves, hosting Pinconning, were able to take the brooms to the Lady Spartans, earning convincing wins of 11-0 and 17-7, giving them their 9th and 10th wins of the season. 

“What a week of softball, winning six games is always a good thing and when you can win six games in four days, that is a great feeling,” head coach Marcus Doan said. “The girls are really hitting their stride on both sides. We had our first game of the year without an error (game one). Autumn Kimsel threw a heck of a game, hitter her spots and keeping Pinconning off-balance. It always helps when we score in bunches and our offense has been doing a great job at that.” 

Kimsel pitched five innings and gave up no runs on eight hits, four strikeouts and one walk. 

The Braves’ offense was able to hit the long ball, as Erin Gerber, Kori Schaaf and Reese Cadorette each hit home runs. Schaaf finished with two hits and four RBI and Cadorette had two hits and three RBI. Grace Look had two hits and an RBI, Kindra Winters had two hits and Hayley Lingo and Sierra Rhode had one hit apiece. 

Schaaf had the win in game two, as she pitched six innings and gave up seven runs, three earned on 11 hits, five strikeouts and four walks. 

She also had a huge game at the plate, getting a home run, a double, two singles and four RBI while Lingo and Hanna Edmonds each had doubles. Edmonds had three hits, scored four times and had two RBI in all, Gerber had three hits and four RBI, Look and Addysen Otremba had two hits and an RBI each, Winters and Elise Klinger had a hit and an RBI apiece and adding a single was Lingo, who also scored two runs. 

On Wednesday, Tawas hosted Posen and picked up a pair of wins, 16-1 and 14-3.

Klinger won the opener, as she tossed four innings and gave up one run, zero earned on two hits, three strikeouts and four walks. 

Klinger had a home run and a double, Lingo had a home run and Gerber and Otremba each had a double. Look added four singles and an RBI. 

In game two, Winters earned the win, tossing five innings and giving up three runs, two earned on nine hits and five strikeouts. 

Klinger, Look and Schaaf each had home runs and Winters had three hits, including a double. 

On Tuesday, April 27 Tawas won a pair of games in Gladwin, 8-7 (eight innings) and 6-3. 

“The wins against Gladwin were quality victories, Gladwin is a good team with an above average pitcher,” Doan said. “This is a special group of girls I have the pleasure of coaching this year. They truly believe in the team atmosphere and would do anything for each other. We still have a bit to clean up but love the direction we are heading.”

Winters got the win in game one, pitching five and two-third innings one earned run on four hits and one strikeout. Cadorette came in to get the save by getting the last out. 

Look had a home run and two RBI and Winters had a double and a single. Klinger added a hit and two RBI and Gerber had one hit and one RBI. 

Schaaf had the win in game two, as she tossed all seven innings and gave up three runs, two earned on seven hits, five strikeouts and two walks.

Look had a triple, two singles and an RBI to pace the offense, Lingo had a triple and scored a run, Klinger had two hits and with a hit apiece was Winters and Cadorette.  

Tawas (10-2 overall) plays in Ogemaw Heights tonight (Wednesday), hosts Oscoda on Friday and is at Hillman on Tuesday. 

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