Monday night at the Jacob Brisendine softball complex the Dragons opened their season (finally) after having their first 11 games rained or snowed out.
Swartz Creek 5 Fenton 3
The visiting Fenton Tigers scored twice in the top of the first inning on a walk, bunt, hit, and an error taking a 2-0 lead.
The Dragons came right back in the bottom of the inning with a lead-off walk and stolen base by Tabby Miller. Carah Pletscher singled to put runners on the corners with 1 out. Jamie Perigo came into courtesy run for the pitcher Pletscher. Ashley Dusseau grounded out, but advanced the runners to 2nd base and scoring Miller. AJ Brookman ripped a slicing line drive down the right field line for a triple scoring Perigo. Lauren Black hit a high fly ball that hit the bottom of the center field fence for a double to score Brookman. Lauren Adas lined out hard to right field to end the inning with the Dragons up 3-2.
Fenton tied it up at 3 apiece in the top of the 2nd inning on 2 hits and 2 walks.
Miller started a 1-out rally in the bottom of the second getting hit by a pitch, then stole 2nd base again. Cruthers singled again to put runners on the corners, before stealing 2nd base herself. But, they would be stranded as the inning came to an end with the score still tied.
Brookman & Black hit back-to-back singles in the bottom of the 3rd, but too would be stranded.
In the With the score still tied Cruthers singled with 2 outs, then stole 2nd, followed by a walk to Pletscher with Perigo coming into courtesy run for her. Dusseau reached base on an error that also scored Cruthers and advanced Perigo to 2nd. Brookman singled again to score Perigo, but was thrown out trying to reach 2nd base on the throw to home as the 4th inning ended with Creek up 5-3.
The score remained the same with the help of a couple diving catches in the outfield by Miller & Brookman. Cruthers singled again in the bottom of the 6th inning with 2 outs, but was stranded.
Pletscher pitched the entire game for Creek allowing 2 earned runs on 7 hits with 8 strike outs. Cruthers & Brookman led the offense with 3 hits each. Brookman had a triple and couple of RBIs. Black had 2 hits with a double & RBI. Pletscher had the other hit of the 9 hits the Dragons tallied.
Fenton 4 Swartz Creek 2
The teams switched home/away roles in game 2 of the double header. Cruthers singled with 1 away in the top of the 1st inning, then advanced to 2nd base on a wild pitch. A single by Pletscher scored Cruthers before advancing to 2nd on the throw home. Pletscher would be stranded going into the bottom half of the inning with Creek up 1-0.
Fenton stranded a couple runners in the bottom of the inning leaving the Dragons still up 1-0.
Emily Rodriguez had a bunt single with 2 outs, then moved to 2nd on a passed ball. But, that's where she would stranded as the inning closed.
In the top of the 3rd Miller led off with a walk, then reached 2nd on a ground out by Cruthers. She was then caught stealing 3rd base to end the inning.
A bunt, error, and double in the bottom of the 3rd gave Fenton the lead 2-1. They then kept the Dragons off the bases in the 4th inning, before using a bunt and double to score another run making the score 3-1 at the end of 4 innings.
Miller singled with 2 outs followed by another single by Cruthers who advanced to 2nd base on the throw to 3rd base. Pletscher reached base on error that scored Miller and moved Cruthers to 3rd as the inning ended with Fenton up 3-2.
Fenton tacked on another run in the bottom of the 6th to go up 4-2. Cruthers hit another 2-out single in the top of the 7th inning, but would be stranded as the Dragons came up short.
Brookman pitched the entire game for Creek allowing 3 earned runs on 10 hits with 3 strikeouts. The Dragons offense was led by Cruthers' 3 hits and run scored. Miller, Pletscher, Brookman, & Rodriguez added 1 hit each.
On the day catcher Lauren Adas threw out 3 out of 4 Tigers who attempted to steal a base, twice to 2nd and once to 3rd base. Defensively the Dragons only made 2 errors, although costly, as a whole it was a pretty solid day. Miller was outstanding in the outfield making a couple diving catches along with Brookman's diving catch. Cruthers picked up right where she left off last season making difficult plays look routine at shortstop. Pitching was strong enough to be successful, but the offense struggled at times.
Creek will host Goodrich Thursday in a non-league double header.