Dragons Win Opener, Lose Nightcap
With television cameras all over the field and the Comcast announcers interviewing coaches and players, the first game at Kearsley was maybe the best played game by the Dragons and an opponent all season. Great defense and pitching by both teams. All of the scoring came in the first inning. After that it was all pitching and defense.
Both games will be aired on Comcast channel 900 in their entirety at 6:30pm and 9:00pm on Sunday, May 16th. Additional air times will be announced soon. The games will also be made available on the Internet on the MHSAA web site.
The first game is now available to watch online on the MHSAA web site (*Note* The full game video is being produced and uploaded in increments. If you don't see the full game, just check back later as the game will be shown in its entirety.):
In the top of the first inning the Dragons got things going with a single by Hayley Cruthers. Then, on a hit-n-run Nicole VanCamp reached base on a ball hit to short stop who was cheating to cover second base. Michaela Krusina singled sharply to left field, which scored Hayley and Nicole after getting by the left fielder. Erin Hescott knocked in what proved to be the game winning run with a single up the middle.
Hayley Cruthers pitched a complete game for the Dragons, giving up 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning on a walk and home run. It was the first home run allowed by the freshman this season. From that point on she allowed only 4 hits and a walk keeping the Hornets off balance and more importantly....off the scoreboard getting her 9th win of the season by a final score of 3-2.
In the second game the Dragons got behind early 6-0 and despite a couple comeback attempts could not overcome a couple of big errors and lack of hitting losing 6-3. Meagan Photiou did a pretty good job in relief, although she ended up pitching the majority of the game 5 1/3 innings and only gave up 1 earned run. She also had 2 of the 4 hits for the Dragons with a double and scored a run. Nicole VanCamp had a single and 2 RBIs. Adilita Roiter had the only other hit for the Dragons.
The next game for the Dragons will be at Lapeer West for another league double header. The Dragons have lost to the Panthers 6 straight times. The ladies overall record is now 16-8 and 7-3 in the league. They are in a three-way tie for second place with Brandon and Kearsley and only one game behind first place Oxford. They still control their own destiny since they've yet to play Oxford or Brandon.