The Dragons traveled to Clarkston for a 3 game round robin tournament on Saturday. To say they started the day off slowly would be an understatement. In fact, it was just plain ugly. However, they did manage to play somewhat better in the second game and far better in the final one going home with 1 win and 2 losses.
Swartz Creek 5 Fenton 16
The game was never close. Creek committed 6 errors and had too many passed balls, wild pitches and mental mistakes to count. There's no sugar-coating this one. For Creek Hanna Sayles had 2 hits and scored, Tabby Miller had a hit, RBI and scored, Carah Pletscher had a hit and scored and Lauren Black had a hit, 2 RBIs and scored. Carah Pletscher started the game on the mound going 1 1/3 with Phoebe Cross finishing the game.
Making matters worse the Dragons lost Co-Captain Center Fielder Tabby Miller to a foot/ankle injury late in the game. We're hopeful for a speedy recovery. The only bright spot of the game is that it will not count in the league standings. The Dragons now know they'll have to work hard to beat a very solid Fenton team.
Swartz Creek 2 Clarkston 9
The Dragons came out battling in the top of the 1st inning loading the bases with a lead off single by Sayles. Hailey Fox got on base by a fielder's choice with Clarkston's failed attempt to get the lead runner Sayles. Jamie Perigo also got on base the same way with a fielder's choice to load the bases with no outs. But, 2 more succesful fielder's choice plays resulted in Sayles and Fox getting forced out at home and a hard hit ball to the pitcher ended the scoring threat by the Dragons and gave Clarkston the momentum.
Clarkston put the ball in play taking advantage of 2 Creek errors and mixing small ball with a long triple to take a 4-0 lead after 1. They extended their lead to 7-0 at the end of the 5th inning, despite the Dragons slowly improving defesive play.
In the top of the 6th innings Fox led off with a single followed by Perigo reaching base on an error. A wild pitch moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Another wild pitch scored Fox and moved Perigo to 3rd. An RBI ground out by Black scored Perigo, but the Dragons scoring stopped there cutting the score to 7-2.
A couple more errors, wild pitches, passed balls and a batter being hit by a pitch later and Clarkston upped their lead to 9-2.
Kylee Pierce, who came up from the JV squad for the tournament singled to start the 7th. A ground out by the pinch hitting Abby Stringer moved her to 2nd. With 2 outs the speedy Sayles got an infield hit, but Pierce was thrown out at 3rd to end the game.
Sayles had 2 hits, Fox had a hit and scored, Perigo scored, Black had an RBI and Pierce had a hit. Madisen Henry pitched the complete game for the Dragons.
Swartz Creek 7 Livonia Stevenson 5
Livonia began the game getting 2 on with a single and batter hit by a pitch with 1 out. But, they would be kept off the scoreboard after a long sacrifice fly to right field and ground out to second. With 2 outs Pierce singled in the bottom of the 1st, but would be stranded as well.
A couple of walks gave Livonia a scoring chance in the top of the second, but they too were stranded.
Carah Pletscher led off the bottom of the second with a single and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Danielle Heron ripped a line drive up the middle scoring Pletscher. With 1 out Kara Manier hit a soft line drive just over the short stop's head that was caught resulting in a double play to end the inning. The Dragons had their first lead of the day 1-0.
The lead didn't last long with Livonia scoring 3 times in the top of the 3rd with 3 hits and an error.
Perigo led off the bottom of the 3rd with a hit, but was out with Sayles hitting into a fielder's choice. Fox reached second base on an error that moved Sayles to 3rd. A wild pitch scored Sayles and moved Fox to 3rd. The inning ended shortly after that with the Dragons down 3-2.
Livonia scored 2 more runs in the top of the 4th on a lead off walk, error and sacrifice bunt increasing their lead to 5-2.
Carah Pletscher singled to start the bottom of the 4th followed by another single by Heron. With 1 out Manier hit her first career double and got her first RBIs scoring Pletscher and Heron. She would be stranded, but the lead was cut to 5-4.
Livonia was kept of the scoreboard in the 5th helped by a circus like double play. A lead off walk put a runner on 1st. A bunt attempt that was popped up and caught by Sayles who threw the ball to 1st, but the runner was in the way and it went into right field. The right fielder Manier was backing up the play and threw it to the cutoff Carah Pletscher and then to the catcher Lauren Pletscher tagging out the runner attempting to score. Another pop out to the pitcher ended the inning.
The Dragons took the lead in the 5th with a lead off single by Fox, Pierce reaching base on an error by the left fielder and an RBI ground out by Black scoring Fox. Pierce scored on a fielder's choice by Carah Pletscher. The inning would end later with Creek up 6-5.
Livonia was retired in order on 2 strikeouts and an outfield flyout in the top of the 6th.
A lead off single by Perigo started the bottom of the 6th. She would be called for runner interference on a ground ball by Sayles. A single by Fox moved Sayles to 3rd who then scored on an error by the short stop during the play. The threat would end there with the Dragons leading 7-5.
A lead off double in the top of the 7th followed by an infield error put runners on 1st and 3rd for Livonia. A pop out to shallow center field to Heron, strikeout and groundout to Fox a short stop ended the game.
Cross pitched the whole game for Creek with 5 strikeouts, while allowing 6 hits and 5 walks. The Dragons had 11 hits. Heron had 2 hits, scored and an RBI. Fox had 2 hits and scored. Carah Pletscher had 2 hits and scored. Manier had a double and 2 RBIs. Perigo had 2 hits. Pierce had a hit and scored. Black also had a hit.
The Dragons are scheduled to play at Lake Orion at 4:30 on Monday. The Dragons overall record is 4-2 and 2-0 in league play.