Kearsley 6 Swartz Creek 4
Well, the wheels fell off the bus tonight as a lethargic looking group of girls took the field for the Dragons. And that is exactly how the game played out. It was difficult to watch the recently dominant Dragons come out so unenthusiastic and flat. Kearsley was happy to take advantage of this going on to get the win 6-4. There just isn't any sugar-coating this loss.
The game was 0-0 in the bottom of the 1st when Gabby Deering doubled with 2 outs, but was stranded. Kearsley took the lead in the 2nd with a double, ground out, and passed ball.
In the top of the 4th Kearsley expanded their lead to 4-0 with 2 singles, a double, an error, and wild pitch. Deering doubled in the bottom of the inning with Emily Rodriguez coming into pinch run. A single by Michaela Krusina put runners on the corners. A ground out by AJ Brookman scored Rodriguez, which is where the inning ended with Kearsley up 4-1.
Andrea Aldridge singled in the 5th, but was stranded. Kearsley scored 2 more runs in the 6th on 2 singles, a walk, and an error to go up 6-1.
The Dragons got a run back in the bottom of the 6th on a double by Krusina and RBI single by Brookman. Hanna Sayles came into courtesy run for Brookman. Hailey Fox walked and Lauren Adas singled, but Sayles was caught in a pickle between 3rd and home ultimately getting out at the plate to end the rally with Creek down 6-2.
Aldridge walked in the bottom of the 7th followed by Carah Pletscher reaching base on error. Emily Weekly came into pinch run for Pletscher. Hayley Cruthers singled to load the bases with only 1 out. Deering nearly hit a game changing grand slam on a towering fly to right field, but it dropped inside the fence for a long single scoring Aldridge and Weekly to cut the score to 6-4. Krusina singled off the glove/chest of the third baseman for Kearsley hitting a laser right at her. This loaded the bases again. Brookman hit a fielder's choice in which Cruthers was forced out at home, but the bases were still loaded with 2 outs. Unfortunately that's where the game ended on a flyout and the last inning rally proved to be too little too late for the Dragons with their league record falling to 5-2.
The second game was postponed due to the severe storms passing through the area with Swartz Creek up 2-0 in the bottom of the 3rd inning with runners on the corners, 2 outs, and Hailey Fox up to bat. No details as to when the game will be completed, but we'll post it on the web site as soon as possible.
Next up for the Dragons they'll host a tournament this Saturday beginning at 10:00am.