Flushing 6 Swartz Creek 2
Flushing beat Swartz Creek 6-2 to advance in the districts Tuesday night and also to end the 2011 Dragons season. The game was tight through the 6th inning, but the Raiders bats and pitching proved to be better on this day. Flushing had 11 hits, while Creek only managed 2. The Dragons also had 4 errors on the night.
Flushing scored a run in the top of the first inning to go up 1-0, which remained the score through the end of the 4th inning. They scored again in the 5th to go up 2-0. Creek's Emily Weekly scored in the bottom of the 5th on errors and fielder's choices cutting the lead to 2-1. The Raiders scored another run in the top of the 6th to make it 3-1. Michaela Krusina hit her 7th home run of the season in the bottom of the 6th to cut the lead to 3-2. That would be the end of scoring for Creek as Flushing scored 3 more runs in the top of the 7th on a couple of hits, error, and small ball. In the bottom of the 7th the Dragons went down in order to end the game and the season.
Allie Jo Brookman pitched the entire game for the Dragons with 5 strike-outs. Weekly's slap single and Krusina's home run were the only hits of the game for Creek. The final overall record for the ladies was 13-19 and 7-9 in the Flint Metro League.
The lack of offense really sums up a key difference between this season's and last year's teams: This year the Dragons scored 180 runs. Last year they scored 283. Errors and pitching mistakes are amplified when you don't score runs and there were plenty of them too. They did play 6 fewer games this year due to the rainy & cold Michigan spring, which also contributed to their hitting, fielding, & pitching woes as many of those games were played during such conditions. And they played a tough non-league schedule with many ranked opponents.
But, they'll need to forget the excuses and work on solutions in the off-season if they are to improve next year. In other words, the players have to make the plays, hitters got to get the hits, and pitchers got to pitch with control. And the stats don't lie. The best players seek out ways to make themselves better, don't settle for mediocrity, hold themselves accountable for their performance, and that makes the teams they are on better. Some of the Creek players will now head off into their travel seasons and will be doing just that gaining valuable experience against top competition. But, softball is a team sport and no one player or couple of players can alone win games. It must be done as a team. The question for all future Swartz Creek players (all-ages) is this: What are you doing to make yourself better?
Watch & Learn
If you have not seen any college softball games either in person or on TV....please give it a try. The college world series begins this week and much of it is being televised. In fact, many games have been televised throughout the spring. Watch and learn the game as it is played at the highest level. Of course you'll notice the great athleticism and skills they play with, but if you really want to see what those young ladies are made of: Watch how they respond when they fail or struggle. For example, when one of those girls strikes out you'll see them sprint into the dugout, put their bat/helmet away, and jump to the fence to cheer their teammates on. They hustle, talk, move on every play, cheer, give 110%, NEVER POUT OR BLAME OTHERS including the umpires, coaches, or teammates when things don't go their way, and demonstrate true sportmanship at all times. That's Softball.
Miscellaneous & Updates
There were some Dragons Records broken this season and they will be posted with an article in the coming days/week. Check back for updates as well throughout the summer to see how some of the varsity players are doing with their travel teams, Awards Banquet Honors, follow the Swartz Creek Girls Youth Softball League and Whaley (Flint Olympian) teams, CANUSA, and all things Swartz Creek Softball.
We have also been looking for aspiring Swartz Creek students interested in a career in writing/journalism to contribute to the web site. If you are a SC parent with a student interested in writing, have any ideas for articles or content, or information you would like to share on the web site please contact Greg Cruthers.
Thanks and Go Dragons!