Varsity Improves League Record to 5-1 After Sweeping Holly
Game 1 of the league double-header versus the Holly Bronchos was a nail biter with the Dragons trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the 6th inning. But, these ladies have come back so many times throughout the season that opponents can never count them out. So too did Holly learn this truth about the Dragons.
In the bottom of the 6th inning the Dragons leadoff hitter Meagan Photiou started the rally with a single. Hayley Cruthers reached base on a sharply hit ball past the 1st baseman. Nicole VanCamp drove in a run with a groundout to 2nd base. Michaela Krusina followed with an RBI double, her second double of the game. Chris Burt reached base on error after laying down a perfect sacrifice bunt. Erin Hescott singled advancing the runner and Sydney Saidoo knocked in the 4th run with a single.
This gave the Dragons a lead of 4-2 heading into the top of the 7th inning where Holly was quickly retired in order to end the game. It was another solid pitching effort by Hayley Cruthers, who got the win with a complete game allowing 2 earned runs on 6 hits, 3 walks, with 5 strikeouts.
The second game was never really close. It was however delayed by a passing thunderstorm and called after 4 1/2 innings due to darkness as the Dragons did not require their last bats. The ladies carried their offensive momentum from the end of the first game into the second with 11 hits in 4 innings. They also earned several walks after demonstrating their power.
Meagan Photiou was 2-4 with a double, RBI, and scored a run. Hayley Cruthers had 2 doubles with a stolen base and scored 3 runs. Nicole VanCamp scored twice with a hit, walk, and sacrifice fly. Michaela Krusina had a hit and scored 2 runs. Chris Burt had 2 hits including a 3-run Home Run, walk, scored 2 runs, with 5 RBIs. Gabby Deering had a hit, walk, and was hit by a pitch and scored twice. Sydney Saidoo was 2-2 with 2 stolen bases and 2 RBIs. Nicole Terry got the win pitching 5 innings with 3 strikeouts.
This brings the Dragons to an unfamiliar place: A great start to a season and early contention for the Flint Metro League title. They are now 5-1 in the league with a 14-6 record overall. Creek hosts the Clio Mustangs this Thursday afternoon. The Dragons have lost 6 straight games to Clio since joining the Flint Metro League in 2007, often by mercy. But, as mentioned in a previous article......this ain't your big sister's Dragons!