Dragons Split with Mustangs
The Dragons won the opener 6-4 beating Clio for the first time since joining the Flint Metro League. The ladies got off to a good start in the first inning scoring 2 runs on a single by Meagan Photiou followed by a double by Hayley Cruthers. Nicole VanCamp got an RBI on an infield out and the 2nd run scored by error. The score remained the same until the bottom of the 4th inning when the Dragons scored 4 more times to make it 6-1 on a host of errors and an RBI single by Hayley Cruthers.
Clio scored 3 times in the top of the 6th inning to cut the lead to 6-4 on 3 hits, a sacrifice bunt, and a second runner interference call (the other is how they got their first run). Hayley Cruthers, who pitched the first 4 innings, took the mound in the top of the 7th inning with 2 runners on and no outs. She struck out the first batter, got the second out on a sacrifice bunt, then fielded a ball hit back to the mound to make the easy throw to first base for the final out of the game to get the win.
Hayley Cruthers went 2-3 with a double, RBI, and run scored. Meagan Photiou, Chris Burt, Erin Hescott, and Gabby Deering each had a hit for the Dragons.
In the second game the Dragons took a 7-1 lead, but could not hang on to get the win losing a heartbreaker by a score of 9-7. Clio had 8 hits in the first 4 innings and took advantage of several key errors by the Dragons. They scored 8 runs in the 4th inning to take the lead 9-7. Hayley Cruthers returned to the mound in relief in the 4th inning with 2 outs, 2 runners on, a 3-0 count, and got a crucial ground-out to end the inning. She pitched the final 3 innings keeping the score 9-7.
But, the Dragons failed to score despite several hard hits, which were unfortuantely hit directly to Mustang fielders who made the tough plays. Erin Hescott was 3-4 with a double and scored 2 runs. Nicole VanCamp had 2 hits and 2 RBIs for the Dragons. Hayley Cruthers had another double and scored a run. Michaela Krusina, Gabby Deering, and Adilita Roiter each had a hit.
The Dragons next games are Monday at Kearsley. Their overall record is now 15-7 with a 6-2 league record. There's a lot of ball to be played and the Dragons are still in the hunt for the the league championship. For those of us who have watched these girls all season, we know they have what it takes to come back strong after a disappointing loss.