Last Thursday's lackluster performance in the first game versus Kearsley is a distant memory by now. After getting rained out the in the nightcap, which will be made up Tuesday May 15th at 4:00pm in Creek, the bad weather also cancelled their tourney Saturday giving them all the time in the world to think about their next game. But, Monday's games were also postponed until tonight (Tuesday), which had them crawling the walls ready to play a game.
How would they respond after a lot of time off, all that rain, and knowing they haven't had much success versus league foe Lapeer West? Well the answer is "Just Fine, Thank You!"
Swartz Creek 10 Lapeer West 1
In the opener Hayley Cruthers led off the game with a single, stealing second base and then third before Carah Pletscher singled her home. Gabby Deering walked, but they would be left stranded on the bases with Creek up 1-0.
In the second inning Ashlyn Beck singled with 1 out. With 2 outs Cruthers doubled off the opposite field fence to put runners on second and third, but they too would be stranded. After the bottom of the second the score was still 1-0 Creek.
In the third inning the Dragons went to work putting the ball in play and taking advantage of many West miscues. Deering led off getting hit by a pitch. Michaela Krusina singled putting runners on first and second. AJ Brookman singled and with the help of an error Deering scored. Hailey Fox reached base on error loading the bases. Lauren Adas singled to move the runners up and score Krusina. Andrea Aldridge reached base on another West error that moved the runners up and scored Brookman. Cruthers reached base on a fielder's choice that also scored Fox and kept the bases loaded. Pletscher reached base on a fielder's choice that resulted in a force out of Adas at the plate. Deering reached base on error, but Creek would leave the bases loaded once again. However, Creek now had a comfortable lead of 8-0.
In the coming innings Fox, Deering, and Cruthers singled, but could not score. West got their lone run in the sixth on a couple singles and fielder's choice making the score 8-1.
Aldridge was hit by a pitch in the seventh and stole second base. Cruthers followed with a walk. 3 wild pitches later both Aldridge and Cruthers scored to make the score 10-1, which would be the final score after Pletscher pitched out of a big jam with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh on 2 walks and an error.
Pletscher pitched the entire game allowing only 4 hits and 1 earned run to get the win for the Dragons.
Swartz Creek 5 Lapeer West 0
The nightcap was a lot closer with both game 1 pitchers throwing again for their teams. In the first inning for Creek the ladies came out swinging the bat hard, but Cruthers was out on a diving catch by the second baseman and Pletscher got out on a shoestring catch by the right fielder. West was taking momentum. But then Deering smashed the ball over the fence for her 4th home run of the season. The inning ended with Creek up 1-0.
In the third inning Cruthers doubled again off the fence just missing a homer with one out. Deering singled to score Cruthers with 2 outs after Pletscher was robbed again hitting a line drive at the second baseman. Krusina singled, but that would be it for the inning with Creek up 2-0.
In the fifth inning Cruthers led off with another single followed by a single by Pletscher putting runners on first and second base. A wild pitch pushed the runners up to second and third. Deering hit the ball hard at the second baseman that was booted and carried to the outfield fence. The play scored Cruthers and Pletscher and moved Deering to second on the throw to the plate. But, that is where she would be stranded with Creek up 4-0.
The score remained 4-0 until the top of the seventh with an absolute "Moon Shot" hit by Cruthers well over the right field fence for her 6th home run on the season, making the score 5-0. A 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh completed the game and got the Dragons their 19th win on the season (with only 4 losses), which is just 3 wins shy of their all-time most wins. It also improved their league record to 7-2. In 2010 they were 9-9 and that was their best league finish ever.
Pletscher pitched the entire second game too getting the shutout and win, while only allowing 2 hits.
There were also some outstanding defensive plays to go along with the great pitching effort and continued hot hitting. Hanna Sayles made a couple of real nice plays at third base. Cruthers again showed her rocket arm off at short stop, while fielding many hard hit balls. Aldridge made some great grabs in center field including a line drive that was hit hard well over her head. Deering agains save a couple errors making some great scoops at first base. Hailey Fox made some great plays on a couple running stabs highlighted by a soft liner up the middle that she ran down to save a couple runs. The infield defended the small-ball game extremely well again. They were clicking on all cylinders tonight for sure in all aspects of the game and that is why they came away victorious.
Next up the ladies will travel to Flint Powers this Thursday for a non-league double header at 4:00pm.