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AW Softball Continues Dominance, Sweeps Five Games

Anthony Wayne’s Kennedy Cowan rips the ball out of the batter’s box during an April 12 game against Northview. Cowan hit a pair of home runs last week during NLL games against the Wildcats and Bowling Green. MIRROR PHOTO BY KEVIN FINNIGAN

BY HAILEY MALLENDICK | MIRROR SPORTS — The Anthony Wayne softball team had a very good week with wins over Bowling Green, Southview, Northview, Whitmer and Start. 

The week’s success brings the Generals’ record to 10-1 overall and 3-0 in the Northern Lakes League. 

AW 6, BG 0

Anthony Wayne took on the Bobcats at home on April 8 in its first league game of the season. 

Senior Jenna Hardy threw a masterpiece – a one-hit, complete-game shutout that included 12 strikeouts and only two walks. 

The Generals had 11 total hits, including five of the extra-base variety. AW scored one run in the bottom of the second, two in the third and three in the fifth. 

Freshman Kennedy Cowan went 2-for-2 with a single, a double, one RBI and two runs. 

Sophomore Lauren Curry had the only home run of the game, while senior Alyssa Ansara went 3-for-4 with a triple and one run. 

Junior Jade Ramer and senior Larissa Payeff both added to the effort with a double. 

The lone base hit for BG was Brooke Mannin’s single.

Erin Spangenberg got the loss for the Bobcats. She surrendered five runs over four innings before Lexi North finished the game in relief. 

AW 11, Southview 0

The Generals traveled to Southview on April 10 for another league win. 

They secured the win in just five innings with an 11-0 final score before the mercy rule took effect.

Hardy threw her second no-hitter of the season and recorded 14 strikeouts. Her season record is now 7-1 with 52 innings pitched, an 0.53 ERA and 88 Ks. 

AW scored three runs in the first, three more in the second and finished with five in the fourth. 

Ramer went 2-for-3 with a single and three runs, senior Makayla Cowan went 3-for-4 with two singles, a triple, two RBI and two runs and Ansara scored twice.

Curry added an impressive four-RBI effort off two hits, a double and a triple. 

The Cougars pitcher allowed 10 hits and 11 earned runs. 

AW 11, Northview 6

The Generals traveled to Northview on April 12 for their third league game, where they once again dominated. 

Hardy got the win after going four innings with no hits and giving up two runs. She also had eight strikeouts while only allowing one walk. 

Curry pitched three innings of relief, during which she allowed seven hits and four runs and recorded five strikeouts. She struggled a tad with control upon entering the game, but got comfortable enough to close out the win for AW. 

Anthony Wayne had two home runs in the first inning leading to a five-run lead before adding runs in the second and fourth innings. 

The Wildcats did not score until the fourth inning when they pushed two across the plate. 

The Generals answered with two runs in the top of the sixth and seventh innings. 

Northview tried to rally but fell short after a four-run final inning. 

“We struggled a bit defensively, we didn’t want to give up six runs,” said coach Ron Myers. 

The Cowan sisters once again hit home runs with ease. Makayla (three hits, one single, two runs, five RBI) had two dingers, while Kennedy (three runs, single, one RBI) hit one out of the park as well. 

Northview’s Morgon Szykowny pitched all seven innings, issuing 12 hits, 11 runs, nine walks and five strikeouts. 

AW 12, Whitmer 1

The Generals began a doubleheader last Saturday with a win over Whitmer. 

Hardy excelled once again, throwing a complete-game four-hitter with seven strikeouts, one run and one walk. 

AW had an amazing four homers in the contest, courtesy of Hardy and the Cowan sisters.

“We are just hitting the ball really well right now,” Myers said. 

The Generals started the game off with a four-run first inning. 

Ramer (two hits, single, double, RBI) and Ansara (two hits, two doubles) both ran home, giving RBI credit to Makayla Cowan and Curry (two hits, two singles), respectively. 

Kennedy Cowan (three runs, two hits, walk, three RBI) was up to the plate next with Makayla on third. She sent the ball flying clear over the fence deep in left field, giving her the first round-tripper of the game. 

The Panthers retaliated with their lone run in the bottom of the third. Junior Madison Munoz tripled deep into center field. 

Senior Madison Terry was up next and successfully bunted to send Munoz home.

AW got back on track with a run in the fourth, two in the sixth and five in the seventh. 

Kennedy Cowan once again sent the ball far over the left-field fence for her second homer of the game in the fourth inning. 

In the seventh, Makayla Cowan (two runs, two hits, two RBI) kept up with her sister with a home run, sending the ball over the center-field fence. 

“Both Cowan sisters are crushing it,” Myers said. 

Also in the seventh inning, Hardy was up to the plate with senior Reanna Harris on third and junior Madison Hines on second. She sent the first pitch sailing clear over the fence for three RBI. 

“Hardy’s home run was unexpected, but she came through and had a great technical swing with her bat. We have faith in her – when she gets ahold of it, it’s going to go a long way,” Myers said.  

Sophomore Madison Mitchell started on the mound for Whitmer. She allowed 17 hits, 12 runs and one walk with one K before leaving for a reliever. 

AW 10, Start 0

Anthony Wayne’s second game on Saturday was against Start at Whitmer High School. 

Curry got the win for the Generals in only five innings with a complete-game, one- hit shutout leading to the mercy rule. 

Curry also excelled at the plate, going 1-for-3 with two RBI. Hines went 3-for-3 with three runs, a single, two doubles and one RBI.

Sophomore Chloe Car-penter and Harris each added two runs to the effort. 

Makayla Cowan was 2-for-4 with a single, double, one run and one RBI, while Kennedy Cowan went 3-for-3 with two runs, two singles, two RBI and the only home run of the game. 

The Spartans pitcher allowed 17 hits, 10 runs and one homer and had two strikeouts. 

The Generals continue NLL action this week, with Perrysburg on Monday and Springfield on Wednesday. 

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