The Dragons were back in action Monday night at Lake Orion for a non-conference double-header. They looked rusty in the opener after having a 3-day break from softball with Prom and Mother's Day. But, they bounced back nicely in the nightcap.
Lake Orion 8 Swartz Creek 2
AJ Brookman hit a 1-out Double to start the Dragons' offense in the opener. Phoebe Cross came into courtesy run. Hailey Fox singled to put runners on the corners, before stealing 2nd base. But, they would be stranded.
Brookman took the mound for Creek. Lake Orion had a single and walk in the bottom of the 1st, but also failed to score.
Lauren Black led off the 2nd with a single. Hanna Sayles reached base on a fielder's choice that failed to get Black out at 2nd. Jamie Perigo laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Tabby Miller reached base on an error that scored Black and moved Sayles to 3rd. Hayley Cruthers singled to score Sayles and move Miller to 2nd. They would be stranded, but the Dragons had the early 2-0 lead.
A lead off Doulble and walk got things going for Lake Orion in the bottom of the 2nd. With 1 out a bunt loaded the bases. A fly ball to Emily Rodriguez in left field was caught for the 2nd out. The runner tagged up attempting to score, but a perfect 1-hop throw from Rodriguez to the catcher Lauren Adas resulted in a Double-play ending the inning.
The Dragons failed to get anything going in the top of the 3rd. Lake Orion took advantage of an error, single, and 2 doubles to put 3 runs on the board taking the lead.
Perigo led off the 4th for Creek getting hit by a pitch (again). With 1 out, Cruthers singled putting runners on 1st and 2nd. A hard line out and pop out later, they too would be stranded with Creek still down 3-2.
Cross came into pitch for the Dragons in the middle of the 4th inning.
The bottom of the 4th was good to the Lake Orion Dragons as they went on to put 2 more runs on the board with the help of a controversial call that overruled a double-play by Creek, which extended the inning for Lake Orion putting another run on the board. Lake Orion took a 5-2 lead into the 5th.
The Dragons failed to score in the 5th. Lake Orion added 3 more runs on a two-out error in the outfield that cleared the previously loaded bases. The Dragons were now down 8-2.
The score remained the same until the end of the game, but Creek did threaten to score in the top of the 7th. Cruthers led off ripping a line drive that hit the top of the center field fence just missing a home run as she would stop at 2nd base with a Double. 3 strikeouts later the game came to a close.
Brookman pitched 3 1/3 innings for Creek allowing 3 earned runs on 9 hits with a strike out and 3 walks. Cross pitched 2 2/3 innings allowing no earned runs with 2 strike outs and 2 walks.
Cruthers went 3-4 with a Double and RBI. Brookman also had a Double. Black had a hit, walk, and scored. Sayles scored the other run for Creek. Fox added a single.
Swartz Creek 7 Lake Orion 4
As previously mentioned the Dragons played a much better game in the nightcap. Cross pitched the entire game for Creek. Lake Orion would be the visiting team. They threatened, but failed to score in the top of the 1st.
Cruthers led off for the Dragons with a hard single. Fox reached base on an error that moved Cruthers to 2nd. Black reached base on an error that loaded the bases. Adas ripped a single to score Cruthers and keep the bases loaded. A ground out to the right side of the infield scored Fox and moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Sayles singled scoring Black, while moving Adas to 3rd. They would be stranded, but the Dragons had a 3-0 lead.
A couple singles, double, and error would get Lake Orion on the board in the top of the 2nd inning tying the score 3-3.
With 1 out Cruthers hit a line drive in the right center gap with the center fielder missing it while diving towards the ball. Cruthers wound up on 3rd base with a stand up triple. Brookman smashed a long line drive single off the center field fence scoring Cruthers. Black singled with 2 outs moving Brookman down to 2nd. Adas singled to score Brookman, move Black to 3rd, and advanced to 2nd on the throw. Ashley Dusseau singled scoring Black. That would be all the scoring for Creek, but they took the lead 6-3 heading into the top of the 3rd.
Lake Orion would not score in the top of the 3rd, but the Dragons added a run to their lead with a solo Lead-off Home Run to the opposite field by Cruthers. The score would remain 7-3 through the middle of the 6th inning. A walk to Brookman with Miller coming into pinch run and a single by Fox would be for not as the Dragons took the 7-3 lead into the last inning.
Lake Orion would add a run on a hit-by-pitch, hit, and an error, but would fall short in mounting any kind of comeback. The Dragons held on to win 7-4.
Creek improved their overall record to 18-6. Cross allowed 3 earned runs on 8 hits.
Cruthers was 3-4 again and nearly hit for the cycle with a Home Run, Triple, and single, scored 3 runs, and RBI. Adas had 2 hits. Black had a hit and scored 2 runs. Brookman and Fox had a hit and scored a run apiece. Dusseau and Sayles each had a hit and RBI.
The Dragons will travel to Lapeer West Thursday night for a big Metro League double-header.