Softball Powers Past Olivet, Into Sole Possession Of MIAA Lead

Catcher Hayley Reitsma launched a pitch over the left field scoreboard, and the Hope College softball team started its charge to sole possession of first place in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association standings.

The Flying Dutch moved atop the MIAA after downing Olivet 8-0 in five innings and 10-0 on Saturday at Wolters Stadium.

Hope (18-6 overall) is now 8-0 in MIAA play and is in front of three one-league loss teams: Saint Mary's (11-1), Alma (9-1), and Trine (7-1).

Reitsma, pictured, opened the scoring in Game 1 as the third batter of the game for the Flying Dutch by blasting a two-run homer. It was the second home run of the season for the junior from Grand Rapids, Michigan (GR Christian HS).

Second baseman Sierra Mutschler of Wayland, Michigan (Wayland) added a solo home run to center in the third inning. It was her team-leading third of the season and the 15th of her career.

Mutschler is tied for sixth place all-time at Hope in home runs with Emma Page (2011-14).

Winning pitcher Sydney Jones of South Lyon, Michigan (East) tossed a three-hit shutout. Jones (10-2) struck out 11 to give her 120 strikeouts on the season and 373 in her career.

Jones tied Becky Whitman (2006) for Andrea Adams (2002) the second-most shutouts in Flying Dutchmen history. The school record of nine belongs to Kelsey Guisbert (2005).

Jones has not allowed a run the past 27 innings and lowered her ERA to 0.86 during that span of five games.

In Game 2, starting pitcher Katie Singer of Howell, Michigan (Hartland) and reliever Tena Baar of Byron Center, Michigan (Byron Center) combined for a four-hit shutout. Singer (6-2) went four innings for the winner, while Baar hurled three scoreless innings for her second save.

Reitsma went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI. She upped her batting average to .400.

Mutschler and leftfielder Noelle Jackson of Grand Blanc, Michigan (Grand Blanc) also collected three hits.

Hope returns to action on Monday, April 17 with a 3:30 p.m. nonleague doubleheader against the University of Chicago at Wolters Stadium. | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422