Softball Takes Two From Olivet, Gets Another Two Home Run-Day From Hayley Reitsma

Hayley Reitsma impatiently waited 12 days between Hope College softball games due to weather. She's making the most of finally competing again.

The senior catcher from Grand Rapids, Michigan (Grand Rapids Christian HS) homered twice during a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association doubleheader for the second consecutive day on Wednesday at Olivet.

Reitsma helped the 24th-ranked Flying Dutch take two from the Comets — winning 3-0 in Game 1 and 6-4 in Game 2.

The Flying Dutch upped their record to 18-3 overall and 4-0 in MIAA play.

Photo of Hayley Reitsma by Melissa Bazany

In Game 1, Reitsma hit a two-out solo home run in the top of the first inning. She finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

In the second inning, third baseman Morgann Kanouse of Cadillac, Michigan (Cadillac) added to Hope's lead with an RBI single that plated leftfielder Jo Cook of Birch Run, Michigan (Birch Run).

Reitsma scored the final run in the sixth after the Comets misplayed a Cook single to rightfield.

Winning pitcher Sydney Jones of South Lyon, Michigan (East) fired her sixth shutout of the season and the 21st of her career that's most among Flying Dutch pitchers all-time.

Jones (9-1) yielded just two hits while striking out 13. She did not walk a batter while lowering her ERA to 0.93.

Jones now has 43 wins in her Hope career — matching Keri Roelofs (1993-96) for third-most by a Flying Dutch pitcher. The school record is 53.

In Game 2, Reitsma belted a two-run homer to cap a four-run fifth that propelled Hope to a 4-1 lead. Two batters earlier, first baseman Shay Pinhey of Ann Arbor, Michigan (Pioneer) hit a go-ahead, two-run single.

Reitsma's fourth home run in two days gave her six on the season — a single-season high — and 18 for her Flying Dutch career. She's fifth all-time among Hope players for career home runs.

Pinhey added a two-run single in the sixth that the Flying Dutch needed after Olivet rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh. | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422