The Dragons got off to a slow start Monday night, yet still had a chance at taking the lead in the top of the 6th inning, but failed to hang on ending up losing their first league game of the season. They once again came roaring back in game 2 of a double-header to dominate Linden run-ruling them to get the win in the nightcap. So, the only question is can they find some consistency? Time will tell and the next test will be a home double header versus another league opponent Holly this Thursday.
There were a couple of ESPN highlight plays tonight. Hailey Fox has been making some great plays at 2B this year and continued to do so tonight. Hayley Cruthers made another play as well backhanding a ball over and behind 2B on her knees throwing the runner out at first taking runs off the board from Linden. Catcher Lauren Adas threw the ball to Gabby Deering at first base then Deering to Cruthers at short stop to tag the runner out essentially catching her hanging with a big lead.
Linden 6 Swartz Creek 5
Hayley Cruthers singled to start the game reaching 2nd base on an outfield error, stole 3rd base, but was stranded as the inning ended. Creek loaded the bases in the in the 2nd inning with 2 outs, but again failed to get the timely hit.
Linden had a couple singles and took advantage of a couple Dragon errors to score twice in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Lauren Adas singled and Ashlyn Beck doubled in the top of the 4th, but once again failed to push the runs across the plate.
In the top of the 5th AJ Brookman reached base on error with Emily Weekly coming into courtesy run. Gabby Deering singled to put runners at the corners as Creek was once again in position to score. This time however Michaela Krusina hit a long single to score Weekly and Deering, while advancing to 2nd base on the throw, before the top half of the inning ended with a tie score of 2-2.
In the bottom half of the inning Linden took advantage of a lead off walk, 3 singles, and a sacrifice fly to regain the lead going up 4-2.
In the top of the 6th inning the Dragons came back with Emily Rodriguez getting on base after being hit by a pitch with 1 out. A sacrifice bunt by Hanna Sayles advanced Rodriguez to 2nd base. Andrea Aldridge bunted for a base hit to put runners on the corners with 2 outs. Cruthers came to the plate and launched a bomb over the center field fence on the first pitch to give Creek a 5-4 lead.
But, in the bottom of the 7th inning a double, single, and couple of costly errors would give Linden the 6-5 victory. Brookman pitched the entire game for Creek with 5 strike outs and only 1 base on balls and scattered 9 hits, but the 6 errors by Swartz Creek proved to be too much to overcome.
Swartz Creek 11 Linden 1
Carah Pletscher led off the night cap with a solo homer, her first career home run, and that is where the scoring ended in the top half of the first for Creek. A dropped 3rd strike runner reached first base followed by a single, wild pitch, and stolen base enabled the first run to score on a ground out to tie the game after one.
Creek would take advantage of bad fielding by Linden to go up 3-1. Pletscher reached base on error with Sayles coming into courtesy run. Cruthers walked. Deering reached base on error that scored both Sayles and Cruthers with Deering advancing to 2nd base on the throw. The inning ended with Creek up 3-1.
The Dragons got busy again in the 4th with a lead off single by Hailey Fox and single by Lauren Adas to put runners on the corners. Adas stole second before Beck smashed a double to score Fox and Adas. Cruthers was walked again, but Deering made them pay with a 2-run single to the fence scoring Beck and Cruthers. Krusina hit a line-drive double to score Deering before the inning ended with Creek up 8-1.
The top of the 5th began with Fox reaching base on error and great hustle. She then stole 2nd base before Beck also reached base on error making her way to 2nd. An illegal pitch was called scoring Fox and putting Beck on 3rd base. Aldridge walked, then stole second base. With 2 outs Cruthers singled knocking in Beck and Aldridge. to make the score 11-1.
A quick 1-2-3 inning ended the game by run-rule giving Creek a 1-1 Metro League record. Pletscher pitched the whole game for Creek only allowing 1 run with 5 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 3 hits.