Bay County roundup: State-ranked Garber powers past Glenn

BAY CITY, MI – A look at the Bay County high school sports scene for April 28, 2022. Bay County coaches are asked to email results, highlights and comments to the night of each event.


The Essexville Garber players have many friends on John Glenn’s team.

But that only gave the Dukes more motivation to win.

Using a relentless offensive attack, Garber clinched a 6-1 win over his Cross River rival and reached the halfway point of the Tri-Valley East campaign undefeated in league play.

“It’s always fun to play those rivalry games,” said Garber coach Brent Betzold. “Both teams want to win for their schools and play hard in those situations. Many of the girls know each other and play club football together. It’s nice for them to say hello before the game and chat a bit afterwards.”

Looking for his third consecutive championship, Garber (11-1, 6-0) in 8th place didn’t find an easy path against a scrappy Glenn side. But the Dukes never let up and attacked continuously until they started reaping dividends.

“We did a great job in possession, but it was difficult to get the ball into the net,” said Betzold. “We had almost 30 shots for our six goals.”

Teagan Betzold ignited the Dukes with a three-goal game while sister Ella Betzold came through with two goals and an assist. Ciara Kelly also scored for Garber while Lauren Walker and Bayne Davis added assists. Brooke McDonald did the job in goal.

Glenn goes 2-4-2 in the season and 1-2-1 in TVC East.

Joey Giffel of the Bay City Central baseball team for 2022.


Bay City Central capitalized on some late-game drama to earn a 7-6 win over Lapeer, giving Wolves their 1,000. victory since 1950.

After Lapeer scored three runs at the top of the sixth for a 5-4 lead, Central responded with three runs of their own near the bottom of the frame. Joey Giffel ripped a two-run single to turn the tide. AJ Kaczanowski had three hits in the win while Giffel added two and Ethan Neitzel had two RBIs. Kaczanowski allowed a hit in the last two innings for the win.

Central (7-10, 3-5) dropped the Saginaw Valley League twinbill opener 7-1. Dalton Derocher doubled and Grayson Baker rode in singles. Brady Baranek hit six goals in a full game.


Pinconning began defending his Jack Pine Conference title, posting 7-2 and 10-9 victories over Shepherd.

The nightcap turned into a thrill as Shepherd rallied atop the seventh for three runs to tie it 9-9. But Ashton Raymond scored for pinconning at the end of the seventh, moving around the bases on stolen bases and pass balls and scoring the winning run.

Jack Boettcher had three hits in Game 2 for Pinconning (10-4, 2-0) while DJ LaBean and Nathan Laures each had two RBIs and Raymond joined with two hits. Boettcher booked the victory on the hill.

Pinconning built up a 6-2 lead in the second inning in the opening game before the game turned into a pitching duel. Carter Bleshenski went six strong for the Spartans and batted seven. Bleshenski, Boettcher and Laures each had two RBIs and tied with LaBean with two hits.

Ryker DeCaire

Ryker DeCaire of the Bay City Western baseball team for 2022.


After a tough 3-2 decision in the opening game, Bay City Western responded as needed with a 6-3 win and a double-header split with Midland Dow.

Ryker DeCaire set the pace at the plate in Game 2, slamming three hits with three RBIs. Cam Shooltz also had three hits while Ben Kochany tripled and Aidan Robinson doubled. Luke LaCourse hit eight in a complete pitching performance.

Western couldn’t produce enough offense in the first set and suffered the one-run setback. Kochany had two hits with a double, allowing the Warriors a deserved run 5.1 innings down the mound (11-5, 6-4).

Shania Simmons

Shania Simmons of the Bay City Western softball team for 2022.


Bay City Western went into overdrive and sped past Midland Dow with 16-2 and 18-0 victories in the Saginaw Valley League.

Kyra Smith had two hits and three RBIs in the opener while Cam Toth had two hits and two RBIs. Abbie Hoff hit eight in four innings for the win.

Shania Simmons had a big Game 2 in which she hit two hits, two RBIs and a home run on the plate while throwing three shutout innings into the circle. Ella Clauss drove in four runs and Bre Fry rapped two for the Warriors (12-3, 8-2).

Olivia Kuehne

Olivia Kuehne from the John Glenn softball team for 2022.


John Glenn made a serious push for his first win of the year, playing Freeland to the final swings on even terms before losing 3-5, 22-6 in the Tri-Valley East game.

Brooke Moeller put on a strong pitching performance to keep her team in the mix in Game 1, striking nine, walking just one and not conceding any earned runs. But Freeland jabbed over three runs at the end of the sixth to deny the Bobcats. Moeller and Carmyn Mackenzie each had three hits for Glenn (0-13, 0-6).

After Glenn hit five first-inning runs in Game 2, Freeland broke out with three home runs and a 22-run performance. Olivia Kuehne had two RBIs and joined Gabi Mezey with two hits for Glenn.


A close game eluded Pinconning in the Jack Pine Conference opener, with Shepherd and the Spartans never recovering from 14-4 and 18-9 setbacks.

The Spartans led 4-2 through two innings of Game 1 and were hanging 5-4 until Shepherd broke away with a sixth inning with nine runs. Madison Shultes and Kate Foor doubled for the Spartans (5-6, 0-2).

The tide continued to swell against Pinconning in the nightcap when Shepherd got a home run and six RBIs from Abby Robinson. Sami Fryzel led the Spartans with two hits and three RBIs while Foor added another double.


Bay City Central suffered two tough losses as Lapeer magicked in the late inning with 9-2 and 5-4 wins in Saginaw Valley League action.

Central was hanging 1-0 in the opener until Lapeer broke loose with eight carries in the sixth inning. Jenna Morse collected three of Central’s five hits while Alicia Candelaria doubled. Alivia Kukla was strong in the pitch circle until the fateful sixth.

Wolves tried for the win in Game 2, scoring twice at the top of the sixth to take a 4-3 lead. But Lapeer scored twice late in the sixth to earn the 5-4 win. Greer Anderson tripled to lead the central lineup while Kukla and Annabelle Carlson each rode in one run. Hailey Dahn delivered a complete pitching performance and gave Central a deserved run (5-5, 4-4).


Millington at No. 3 showed why it’s a powerhouse, scoring 7-0 and 17-1 wins over Standish-Sterling in a Tri-Valley West match.

Standish-Sterling (9-6, 5-3) scored eight in the two games, with Baylee Ex and Jerzy Peak scoring two each.

Ayla Kreger

Ayla Kreger of the Bay City Western girls soccer team for 2022.


Bay City Western went head-to-head with the mighty Midland Dow, dueling 1-1 in a thrilling Saginaw Valley League game.

Ayla Kreger scored an unaided goal for Western and the Warriors did the rest on defense, keeping Dow at bay for the tie. It was Dow’s first blemish of the season (8-0-1, 5-0-1).

“Both teams fought and it was exciting throughout,” said Western coach Brian Scherzer. “Dow are a strong team and we were happy to hold them on a goal and get the tie. We changed our formation and tactics a bit and the girls got better and played well.”

Dow scored his only goal from a penalty when Western keeper Kaylee O’Hara and Mia Warner each recorded six saves.

Western (3-5-2, 1-3-2) came back and equalized Lapeer 1-1 as well. Lydia Kendziorski scored an assist from Kreger.


Bay City Western won top honors at its own Western Invitational, played at the Saginaw Valley Public Golf Course.

The Warriors posted a team rating of 346 to lead the four-team field. Nash Leonard and Payne Kench led with matching 81s, while Logan Gehoski and Spencer Nagy both shot 92 and Treyton Grigg hit with 98.

Bay City Central finished fourth, led by Nick Biskupski with 112, Jake Thompson with 114, Connor Haynes with 120 and Steven Simon with 123.


Bay City Central showed the strength of their lineup from top to bottom, beating Flint Carman-Ainsworth 8-0.

Wolves picked up individual wins from No. 1 Maison Kalinowski, No. 2 Sara Gibert, No. 3 Cadence Webster and No. 4 Jessica Schaefer. Doubles winners were No. 1 Molly Pitcher and Katie VanWormer, No. 2 Katerina Motovska and Emma VanWormer, No. 3 Beth Light and Kate Rodabaugh, and No. 4 Gabby Volk and Brooklyn Gillard.

Bay County Sports Calendar



Bay City Western in the Swan Valley, 4 p.m

girls soccer

Essexville Garber at Bay City Central, 4:30 p.m

Boys Lacrosse

Bay City Western invite at Petoskey


Bay City Central at Vassar Invite, 3pm

girls tennis

Essexville Garber at Bay City Central, 4 p.m



Bay City Central at the Alma Tournament

John Glenn at Essexville Garber Completion, 10am

soft ball

Bay City Central in Frankenmuth Invite, 10 a.m

Boys Lacrosse

Bay City Western invite at Petoskey

Schedule subject to change

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