By Kurt Grangood
News-Review sports writer
6:51 PM PDT, March 27, 2012
Andi Gasco had a phenomenal career as a high school softball player at Petoskey.
She’s carried it over to the college diamond.
Gasco became the all-time winningest pitcher in Trine (Ind.) softball history when she earned the victory in a 9-1 win over Bluffton (Ohio) in the opening game of a non-league doubleheader.
It was the 41st career win at Trine for Gasco, a junior. She allowed six hits, struck out six and walked three in going the distance in improving to 7-2 on the season.
She also had three hits in the game, and delivered an RBI single in the first inning that put Trine ahead for good.
Gasco’s sister, Carly Searles, had three hits and scored three runs in the victory.
Gasco and Searles collected two hits apiece in leading the Thunder to a 5-4 extra-inning victory in the nightcap. Gasco picked up two RBI, both of which plated Searles, a 2011 Petoskey graduate.
Searles leads the Thunder with a .492 batting average (29-for-59) with a team-high three triples. She also has two doubles, seven stolen bases and scored a team-best 29 runs. She is 3-1 with a 1.94 earned run average as a pitcher.
Gasco is second behind Searles with a .455 batting average (20-for-44) with a team-high six doubles and 13 RBI. Her RBI total is second on the team.
Trine is 13-3 and ranked 23rd in Division III.
— Petoskey High School graduate Andrew Adams is a national collegiate hockey champion.
Adams, a 2008 Petoskey grad, helped Adrian College to the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 3 National Championship at Canlan Ice Sports Rink in Vineland, N.J.
Adrian defeated in-state rival Davenport, 4-2, in the title game. It was the first ACHA Division 3 national title for the Bulldogs, who finished 26-5.
Adams, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior forward, had a goal and two assists during Adrian’s five-game national tournament run.
His goal game in a 7-1 semifinal victory over Iowa State.
The Bulldogs opened the tournament with a 4-3 win over Colorado State, then topped Florida Gulf Coast, 3-2, in overtime. They followed that with a 5-3 win over Stockton (N.J.) before downing Iowa State in the semifinals.
Adams played in 20 of the Bulldogs’ 31 games and finished the season with 12 goals, six assists, and 14 penalty minutes. He was selected to play in the Michigan College Hockey League All-Star Game on Saturday, March 31, in Philadelphia.
— Petoskey grad Erin Clutter posted a 6-0, 7-6 (3) victory for the Alma women’s tennis team during a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association win over Trine.
Clutter, a freshman playing at No. 2 singles, is 7-2.
She combined with Jen Meloche to win at No. 1 doubles, 8-2, in the match against Trine.
— Saginaw Valley State freshman Wyatt Drost shot a 1-over 145 to finish 19th in the Wisconsin-Parkside Inviational.
Drost shot a team-best even-par 72 during the opening round. His loop included a 2-under 34 on the back nine. The Cardinals finished ninth in the event.
— Georgia sophomore Joey Garber shot 71-69-72 — 212 to finish 4-under and tie for sixth place in the Bulldogs’ Linger Longer Invitational at Reynolds Plantation.
Garber, a Petoskey grad, made three birdies during a bogey-free second round. Georgia, which is ranked 25th, placed second in the team field behind No. 7 Alabama.
The Crimson Tide finished at 26-under 838, while the Bulldogs came in at 12-under 852.
— Alma sophomore pitcher Kevin Thompson allowed seven hits, walked four and struck out one over seven innings during the Scots’ 3-2 extra-inning victory over Olivet in a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association baseball game.
Thompson, a Petoskey grad, has compiled a 3.50 ERA in 14 2-3 innings. Alma is 5-7 overall, 2-2 MIAA.
— Steven Kolb, a 2010 Inland Lakes grad, is 3-0, with a 2.79 ERA for the Spring Arbor baseball team. He has appeared in five games, logging 9 2-3 inning.
Spring Arbor is 17-2, including a perfect 11-0 spring trip to Florida.
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