Mendon softball team faces K-Christian in today’s quarterfinals
BATTLE CREEK — Mendon’s softball team is trying to write its own chapter in the school record books.
The Lady Hornets under first-year head coach Christina Duchene are appearing in their first state quarterfinals game in 25 years.
Mendon (18-16) faces Kalamazoo Christian in a 3:30 p.m. matchup today at Bailey Park in Battle Creek. The winner advances to Friday’s 10 a.m. state semifinal at Michigan State University against either Indian River Inland Lakes or Rogers City from the Gaylord quarterfinal.
The last Mendon softball team to appear in a state quarterfinals game was the 1992 squad coached by Kathy Trenary that ended up losing in the Class D state championship game to Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes.
While the 1992 Mendon squad was dominated by upperclassmen, the current Lady Hornets’ roster is saturated with talented underclassmen.
Pitcher Cassie Plummer and third baseman Hannah Frye are Mendon’s lone seniors on the roster.
Plummer, Mendon’s No. 1 pitcher, is 9-8 on the year with 89 strikeouts and 16 walks in 93 2/3 innings with an earned-run average of 2.99.
Freshman Hannah Duchene, daughter of the head coach, is also 9-8 with 118 strikeouts and 49 walks in 100 2/3 innings with a 3.62 ERA.
“We are very fortunate to have a couple of pitchers like Cassie and Hannah with their ability at our school,” said Mendon’s head coach.
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