The Dragons travelled to Goodrich to take on the Martians in another pair of non-league games. And they were in control of the game before suffering their first true "meltdown moment" of the season, making 5 total errors in the bottom of the 5th & 6th innings to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Although the moment was short-lived, it was enough to put the first blemish on their 2012 season record giving them their first loss.
On a more postive note, they regrouped in between games and came out making plays and hitting the cover off the ball to dominate Goodrich and get the victory in game 2. It was exactly the response that was hoped for after the disappointing game 1 loss and a true test of character and demonstrated the glowing potential of this team.
Swartz Creek 7 Goodrich 9
AJ Brookman doubled in the 2nd inning, but was stranded at third base and the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 3rd when Goodrich used a walk, sacrifice bunt, and 2 hits to take a 2-0 lead.
Creek would come back in the top of the 4th to take the lead. Hayley Cruthers had a lead-off walk and advanced to third base on a Michaela Krusina single and outfield error that also enabled Krusina to reach second base. Brookman reached base on an infield error that scored Cruthers, Krusina scored on another infield error, and Brookman advanced to third base on the 3rd error of the same play. Hailey Fox singled to knock in Brookman and stole second before the rally ended with Creek up 3-2.
The score stayed the same until Creek rallied in the top of the 5th to extend their lead. Carah Pletscher smacked a double and Hanna Sayles came into courtesy run. Cruthers followed with a double off the opposite field fence to score Sayles. Gabby Deering joined the "5th inning double club", which scored Cruthers. Krusina singled followed by a Brookman walk to load the bases. With 2 outs Emily Rodriguez reached base on an error that allowed Deering and Krusina to score before the inning ended giving Creek a 7-2 lead.
But the Dragons entered their "meltdown moment" in the bottom of the 5th making 3 errors of their own, which turned Goodrich's bunt single and walk into a 3 run inning to cut the Dragon lead to 7-5.
Pletscher singled in the 6th with Sayles coming into courtesy run. Cruthers reached base on a fielder's choice with Sayles getting out at second base. Cruthers stole second base. Deering singled, but Cruthers was thrown out at the plate to end the inning and scoring threat.
And the continuation of that "meltdown moment" enabled Goodrich to take the lead and ultimately the win in the bottom of the 6th as they scored 4 runs on 2 errors, a bunt single, and a triple the sealed the deal. 3 straight outfield flyouts in the top of the 7th and just like that....the Dragons had their first loss of the season. Pletscher pitched the entire game for Creek only allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits with 4 strikeouts.
Swartz Creek 9 Goodrich 1
The second game started with a single by Pletscher, but did not score. Ashlyn Beck singled in the 2nd inning with 2 outs. Andread Aldridge had a bunt single that forced 2 Goodrich errors scoring Beck and Aldridge on a true circus-like play. Pletscher singled, but was stranded yet again. Creek was up 2-0.
The score remained 2-0 until the top of the 5th inning despite singles by Krusina, Fox, and Abby McGuire.
It was in the 5th that the Dragons would pour it on as Brookman began with a single. Sayles came into courtesy run. Fox doubled to score Sayles. Lauren Adas singled to score Fox. McGuire reached base on an error. Pletscher doubled to score McGuire. Cruthers tripled to score Pletscher. Deering singled to score Cruthers. Krusina walked with Rodriguez pinch-running for Deering. Brookman singled to score Rodriguez before the inning ended with Creek up by a score of 8-0.
In the 6th Adas singled with Emily Weekly pinch-running for her. Weekly stole second base. Beck's sacrifice bunt pushed Weekly to third base. Pletscher singled to score Weekly and give Creek a 9-0 lead. Deering and Fox would single in the 7th, but were stranded. Goodrich scroed once to avoid the shutout in the bottom of the 7th on an error, but that was all they would get. Brookman pitched the complete game only allowing 2 hits and no earned runs with 5 strike outs.
The win gives Creek an 8-1 record on the season as they will play host to Clarkston on Thursday.