The Dragons continued their winning ways winning both games versus Powers. They got their 23rd & 24th wins on the season. Each time they win from this point forward they will set the new school record for wins in a season. In 2010 they won 22 games with 16 losses, which was their best season since the 70's.
This is new territory for the team and program, but they are handling it well. They'll travel to Lapeer East tomorrow night for 2 of their last 4 league games for the season, then host a 3-team round robin Saturday, and finally they'll host the last 2 BIG games of their league play Monday versus Fenton. Much of the drama will depend upon what happens in tomorrow's games with Fenton playing Kearsley. Those two teams and Creek all have 2 league losses.
As for tonight's games, Creek came out strong, but faded slightly while still winning the opener 5-2. The nightcap was never close as the Dragons got it going quickly to get a 5 inning run-rule win 13-3.
Swartz Creek 5 Powers 2
Hayley Cruthers led off for the Dragons with a single, then stole both second and third. Gabby Deering was intentionally walked, which was a strange decision in the first inning of a double header, but she was glad to take it. A delay steal by Deering who purposely got into a pickle enabled Cruthers to steal home before Deering was tagged out at second. Michaela Krusina walked. Carah Pletscher singled to put runners on first and second. Emily Rodriguez came into courtesy run for Pletscher. AJ Brookman singled scoring Krusina, but that is where the scoring would end with Creek up 2-0.
Andrea Aldridge had a 1-out bunt single in the second inning followed by another single by Cruthers to put runners on the corners. Then a wild play happened that you do not see often. Cruthers was stealing second, but the throw from the catcher caught Aldridge totally off-guard picking her off at third. The third baseman quickly threw the ball back to the pitcher, but Cruthers never stopped running and was attempting to make it to third. The pitcher threw the ball back to the third baseman who just tagged out Cruthers and ended the inning.
Powers got on the board in the third on a walk, single, and double with an error making the score 2-1. Hailey Fox led off the third with a single, but that was it for the Dragons still up 2-1.
A single, sacrifice bunt, ground out, and wild pitch gave Powers another run in the 4th to tie the game at 2 apiece. It remained tied until the fifth inning. Aldridge had another bunt single. Cruthers hit an opposite field double to score Aldridge. Fox laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Cruthers to third. Deering grounded out to score Cruthers and the inning ended with Creek up 4-2.
The Dragons got an insurance run in the 6th with a pinch-hit bunt single by Emily Weekly to get things started. Lauren Adas singled putting runners on first and second. Ashlyn Beck hit a sacrifice fly to score Weekly. Aldridge had another bunt single putting runners on the corners again, but that is where they would remain with Creek ahead 5-2.
Powers attempted to come back with two on in the 7th, but again could not get them into score. Carah Pletscher pitched for the Dragons scattering 7 hits with 6 strikeouts to get the win.
Swartz Creek 13 Powers 3
In the nightcap Cruthers led off the game again with a single. Fox was hit by the first pitch, which put runners on first and second. A single by Deering scored Cruthers and sent Fox to third with Deering getting to second on the throw. Krusina walked to load the bases. A fielder's choice by Abby McGuire scored Fox with Krusina forced out at second. And that's where the inning would end with Creek up 2-0.
Powers threatened with 2 singles in the second, but stranded them as well. Beck walked to lead off the second. Fox reached base on error to put runners at first and second. Deering singled scoring Beck and moving Fox to third. Fox then scored on a wild pitch that also moved Deering to third. Krusina walked again. Pletscher smacked a double to score Deering and Krusina. Rodriguez came into courtesy run for Pletscher. Abby McGuire doubled to score Rodriguez before the inning came to an end with Creek up 7-0.
The top of the third inning was a little rough for the Dragons who made a couple errors to go along with 2 bunt singles, a single, and double that gave Powers 3 runs when it was all said and done to make the score 7-3. In the bottom of the inning Beck singled to lead off and made it to second base on a passed ball. Aldridge had another bunt single that scored Beck with the help of a throwing error that also got Aldridge to second. A sacrifice bunt by Cruthers scored Aldridge with the help of another error by Powers. The inning ended with Creek up 9-3.
Krusina led off the 4th with a double. Pletscher reached base on another Powers error that also sent Krusina to third. McGuire then cleared the bases with a 3-run homer well over the left field fence. Adas reached base on another error with Beck reaching base on a fielder's choice. Adas made it to third on a wild pitch. Cruthers lined out to short, which nearly doubled off Beck, but she was able to dive back to second safely to keep the drive alive. Fox reached base on another error, which scored Adas, while Beck was tagged out at the plate.
The score was now 13-3 and Creek got 3 quick outs to end the game by the run-rule. Pletscher pitched the game for the Dragons giving up 6 hits with 3 strikeouts. Despite the many errors made by Powers, the Dragons played pretty solid defense again. All three stolen base attempts by Powers resulted in Adas throwing them out to Cruthers at second. Adas also made a couple great grabs on pop-ups in foul territory. With 1 out and runners on the corners Cruthers ran towards second base, lept into the air, and backhanded a line drive, then threw a dart to third base nearly doubling up the runner taking a hit and run away from Powers in the close first game. Deering also made some nice scoops at first base.
Again the Dragons will travel to Lapeer East tomorrow for two of their last 4 league games.