• James Townsend

Raider Softball Sees Strong Competition at Spring Sports Carnival


After Thursday’s scheduled game at Williamston was canceled due to unsafe field conditions, the Portland High School softball team resumed action on Saturday when they hosted Saranac, Portage Northern and Grand Ledge for Portland’s Spring Sports Carnival.


Game 1: Portland 11 – Saranac 4

Portland Senior Brook Seal put on a hitting display in this game going three for three with two home runs and five RBIs. Sophia Novara and Aubrey Faulkner add two hits each, while Madison Lockwood, Paige Pung, Jayden Townsend, Gina Sonday and Bella Vanalstine each had one hit for the Raiders. Novara pitched all six innings and struck out seven Saranac batters.


Game 2: Portage Northern 16 – Portland 0

Portage Northern pitcher A. Bobbio had the Raiders number holding Portland to only three hits while striking out 10 Raider batters. Novara had two Portland hits while Pung had the other. Novara and Seal would each pitch three innings in this game striking out a combined seven Portage Northern batters.


Game 3: Grand Ledge 9 – Portland 8

In the third and final game of the day, the Raiders jumped out to an early 6-1 lead over the Comets of Grand Ledge, but Comets were able to come back and late innings to pick up the win. Townsend led the Raiders offensively going four of four with two doubles and three RBIs. Lockwood went three for four with one RBI. Pung had two hits for the Raiders while Novara, Seal, Makayla Seese, Emily Hill, Vanalstine, and Abbie Detzler added one hit each. Novara would pitch all six innings striking out four.


For more photos of the Portland softball team in action, check out the album on the Beacon Facebook page.


The Raiders move to three and seven on the season. Their next contest is Thursday at St. Johns before traveling to the Saginaw Swan Valley Invitational on Saturday.

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