Saints Sports Roundup: April 14, 2022

Siena Heights Athletics

This past week was a very busy week for the Siena Heights Saints sports teams.

  • For the baseball team, it has been winning a lot of key games in conference play as of late. On Sunday, the Saints swept University of Michigan-Dearborn at home. In game one, it was a big day for Haydn Smith, who had two big-time hits in crunch time, as well as for Cole VanWasshenova, Kenny Layman, and Chris Winkleman who all got a hit and an RBI along with their hits to give the Saints a 3-2 edge in their first game. In game two, The Saints ran away with it: Layman had three hits along with his teammate, Smith, tallying three RBI. Parker Mabe scored twice and collectively the Saints ran away with this one in game two. 
  • In men’s golf, the Saints golf team traveled to Battle Creek to compete at the LTU Battle at Bedford Tournament. The Saints brought their top five along with three individuals. For the Saints starting five, they finished in seventh place out of 12 teams with a two-day score of 629 as the competition here was fierce. For the starters, Colin Duffy led the Saints with a two-day score of 151 (75/76), Ben Ellis a 156 (82/74), Grady Morlock a 159 (78+81), Garrett Ramos a 164 (83/81), and Jakob Gross a 165 (82/83). As for the individuals, Drew Grennes led the way with a two-day total of 163 (81/82). Michael Rampe took a close second out of all the competitors with a 164 (82/82), and Chris Mumby had a 175 (91/84). Next up, The Saints will be competing at the Aquinas Invite on April 18 as they approach their final week of the season. 
  • As for The Saints men’s lacrosse team, it is starting to get red hot at the right time. The Saints have won five out of their last six games, including a blowout win at home against the 10th-ranked team in the country Lawrence Tech. The Saints won this game going away 13-6. The only loss they had was a very close and hard-fought loss at Indiana tech by a score of 10-8. Tech is the number two ranked team in the country. Last time out, the Saints won a hard-fought game against Concordia as they pulled away in the second half to win by the final score of 13-8. Next up, the Saints will travel over to Grand Rapids to face the number five ranked team in the country, the Aquinas College Saints.  
  • The women’s golf team had a busy week this week as they traveled down to Stonehedge Golf Club Monday and Tuesday. The Saints played very well on both days. Sophomore Megan Paczas led the Saints with a two-day total of 170 (85/85), Skylar Whitman was one behind with a 171 (85/86), Bethany Nowak had a 174 (83/91), Chelsea Kovoch a 175 (87/88), and Isabella Sparks a 189, where she had a 17-stroke improvement (103/86). Emma Murphy, a sophomore, played as an individual where she scored a 207 (103/104). But The Saints were not done. On Thursday, the Saints played locally at The Hills of Lenawee where they competed at the Adrian College Invite. The Saints ended up pulling out the win and it was a great day.Whitman led the way, where she won the tournament as an individual by shooting a 78. Chelsea Kovoch came right behind as she scored a career low 83. Nowak came in right behind with a score of 89, with Paczas adding a 94, and Isabella Sparks a 110. Murphy had a 109. Next up, is the WHAC Championship back at Stonehedge, where the Saints will try to seek a bid at the national tournament. 
  • For women’s lacrosse, it has been the story of the comeback kids. It has been rough in non-conference play, but The Saints have gotten back to being 8-7 and 6-2 in conference play. This past week, Rochester forfeited and the Saints ended up playing the number one ranked team in the country in Lawrence Tech. Unfortunately though, Lawrence Tech ended up scoring a big win, prevailing by a score of 19-8. After the regular season finale at Aquinas April 16, The Saints will start conference tournament play. 
  • In softball, it was a terrific week for the Saints as they swept two conference opponents. This year, the Saints have had a terrific season as they have a 17-10 record and are 6-4 in conference play. The week started off great as the Saints swept Concordia. The first game ended up in the score of 9-5 in favor of the Saints, and the second game ended up in a score of 6-2 as the Saints beat up on their conference rival. In the second series, the Saints swept Rochester. The first game the score was 5-4, where Alexis Hirst scored from third base to give the Saints a chance to win by forcing extra innings. In the second game, the Saints really asserted themselves as they won by a final score of 7-2. But as for the Saints, they are starting to play their best softball at the right time.