The Dragons played their league and home opener versus the defending Metro League Champion Fenton Tigers Thursday night. And it looks like Fenton has a great chance to win it again this year. Their strong hitting, fielding and pitching was too much for the Dragons to overcome.
Fenton 8 Swartz Creek 0
In the top of the 1st the Dragons held Fenton scoreless with a couple of strikeouts. Lauren Pletscher had a 2-out infield hit in the bottom half of the inning with Allison Dusseau coming into courtesy run. Lauren Black hit a ground ball to the second baseman, but runner interference was called ending the inning. Fenton managed 2 hits, but Creek's Madisen Henry worked out of a jam to end the threat. Henry led off the 2nd with a single with Phoebe Cross coming into courtesy run, but Fenton turned a double play on the next batter Danielle Heron. Kylee Pierce reached base on an error, but the inning ended with the game still scoreless.
Fenton scored 3 times with 3 hits and an error to take the lead in the top of the 3rd. Ella Sinclair hit a 1 out single in the bottom of the 3rd and stole second base, but she would be stranded. Fenton added another run in the 4th with 3 more hits making it 4-0. Creek threatened again with a 1 out double by Lauren Black, but she too would be stranded. Fenton was retired in order in the top of the 5th with the help of a nice defensive play by the Dragons. A Tiger trying to stretch a double into a triple was thrown out from Kylee Pierce to Ella Sinclair to Ashley Dusseau. The Dragons were retired in order in the bottom half of the inning.
Fenton took advantage of a couple wild pitches and an error along with 4 hits to score 4 more runs in the top of the 6th to make the score 8-0. Creek got a 1 out hit by Natalie Oldrham. Lauren Pletscher reached base on an error putting runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out. But, they would also be stranded. Fenton was kept off the scoreboard in the 7th, but so were the Dragons.
Madisen Henry pitched the entire game for Creek. She allowed 14 hits, 5 earned runs, had 4 strikeouts and 1 walk. The Dragons had just 5 hits: Singles by Madisen Henry, Lauren Pletscher, Natalie Oldrham and Ella Sinclair with a double by Lauren Black.
Fenton 13 Swartz Creek 5
Ella Sinclair led of the nightcap with a single. Back to back fielder's choice plays ended the inning. Fenton wasted no time in the bottom of the 1st inning scoring 5 runs on 3 hits, a walk and a couple Creek errors. The Dragons got a 2 out double by Kylee Pierce in the top of the 2nd, but she would be stranded keeping the score 5-0. A Fenton homerun put another run on the board in the bottom of the inning increasing their lead to 6-0. Creek was retired in order in the top of the 3rd. Fenton had a hit, but she would be left on base.
Creek got a single by Lauren Black in the top of the 4th, but she would also be stranded. A walk and triple increased Fenton's lead to 7-0 heading into the 5th. The Dragons finally got on the board in the 5th with a lead-off single by Kylee Pierce followed by an RBI triple by Ashley Dusseau, who eventually scored on an error cutting the lead to 7-2. Fenton was retired in order in the 5th.
The Dragons added 3 more runs in the top of the 6th with a lead off single by Lauren Pletscher followed by a double by Madisen Henry. A double by Danielle Heron knocked in both runners. Heron advanced to 3rd on a passed ball, then scored on a ground out from Kylee Pierce. The score was 7-5, but Fenton came right back and exploded for 6 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks and couple of passed balls in the bottom of the 6th making the score 13-5. Creek got a lead off single by Allison Dusseau in the top of the 7th, but she would too be stranded as the game came to a close.
Creek had 9 hits in the game; just 2 fewer than the Tigers, but could not get enough timely hits to score. Ashley Dusseau had a Triple and RBI. Allison Dusseau had an RBI and Danielle Heron had 2 RBIs. The Dragons had doubles by Madisen Henry, Danielle Heron and Kylee Pierce, who also had a single. Ella Sinclair, Lauren Pletscher, Lauren Black and Allison Dusseau each singled. Phoebe Cross started the game with Madisen Henry coming in relief.
The Dragons head to Lake Orion Saturday to play in a tournament of 3-4 games. Games begin at 9am.