Softball Sweeps Kalamazoo, Continues Power-Hitting Surge

Second baseman Sierra Mutschler tied the Hope College softball career home run record Friday during a sweep of Kalamazoo College at Wolters Stadium.

Teammate Hayley Reitsma is hot on her cleats.

Reitsma homered twice for the fourth consecutive Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association doubleheader and tied the single-season school home run record of 10 as the 20th-ranked Flying Dutch won 10-2 in five innings and 15-5 in seven.

Hope's catcher now has 22 career home runs — one fewer than Mutschler and former catcher Carrie Scott (1998-2001).

In Game 1, Mutschler, pictured, helped the Flying Dutch break open the game in the second inning by delivering a three-run homer to cap a five-run rally that put them ahead 7-1. The senior from Wayland, Michigan (Wayland) homered for the fourth time this season.

Mutschler went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, including a run-scoring single in the first.

Reitsma went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and three runs scored. She reached base four times after walking and reaching on an error.

Winning pitcher Sydney Jones of South Lyon, Michigan (East) struck out 11 and allowed three hits. Jones (11-1) pitched her 11th complete game of the season.

In Game 2, Reitsma hit solo home runs in the fifth and sixth innings and went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs.

She became the fourth Hope player to reach double-digit home runs in a season after joining Mutschler (2015), current Kalamazoo coach and Hope alum (2009), and Scott (2001).

Designated player Sarah Jones also homered and finished with four hits, two RBIs and two runs scored in five at-bats.

Mutschler and rightfielder Amanda Diaz of Mundelein, Illinois (Mundelein) each had three-hit days.

The Flying Dutch (21-4, 7-1 MIAA) collected 21 hits — two short of the single-team school record.

Reliever Tena Baar of Byron Center, Michigan (Byron Center) pitched 3 ⅓ innings of two-run relief for the win. | PO Box 9000, Holland, Michigan 49422