The Dragons traveled to Lake Orion for a 3 game tourney on a beautiful sunny April day. Swartz Creek coaches were very pleased with the efforts by the team winning 1 of 3, but a comeback in the 3rd game was shortened by a time limit. It could have easily resulted in a second win for the team. Regardless, the final 2 games were fun to watch for all of the spectators.
***Photos courtesy of Ken Swart***
Waterford Mott 6 Swartz Creek 2
In the first game of the day Ella Sinclair led off the game with a single, then advanced to 2nd on a passed ball. In what would become the theme of the day, she would be stranded. Waterford's leadoff hitter also singled to start the bottom half of the inning. The next batter was hit by a pitch. With 1 out and runners on 2nd and 3rd a fly ball was hit to the right fielder Kara Manier for the second out. Manier made a great throw home to catcher Kylee Pierce to get the runner in a pickle. A relay to 3rd baseman Ashley Dussuea then to pitcher Phoebe Cross resulted in the 3rd out of the inning keeping the game scoreless.
A lead off double by Madisen Henry in the top of the 2nd got things going for the Dragons, but she would be stranded. Waterford got on the board in the bottom of the inning scoring 2 runs on 2 hits, a walk, a fielder's choice and an error. Both sides were retired in order in the 3rd inning. The Dragons were set down in order again in the 4th inning. Waterford managed a 2 out single in the bottom of the 4th, but she was caught stealing on a throw from catcher Kylee Pierce to short stop Ella Sinclair. After 4 the game was still 2-0 in favor of Waterford.
The Dragons got their first run in the top of the 5th with Ashley Dusseau reaching base on an error. A ground out to 2nd sent advanced her to 2b. A 2 out single by Hailey Dupuis put runners on 1st and 3rd. Dupuis stole 2b putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. Ella Sinclair's RBI single scored Dusseau and moved Dupuis to 3rd. Sinclair stole 2b putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. Stephanie Bloss earned a pinch hit walk to load the bases, but they would be stranded with the score 2-1 after 5 1/2. But Waterford rallied for 4 runs in the bottom of the inning on 3 hits, a walk and another Creek error. They threatened to score more, but the 3rd out was the result of a pickoff play from catcher Kylee Pierce to 3rd baseman Ashley Dusseau to get the Dragons out of the inning. The score was now Waterford 6 Swartz Creek 1.
Due to time limits in the tourney the 6th inning would be the Dragons last at bats. A lead off double by Lauren Black and RBI pinch hit single by McKenzie McDaniel would be all Creek could manage with the final score 6-2.
For the Dragons Ella Sinclair had 2 of the team's 6 hits, an RBI and stolen base. Lauren Black had a double and scored. Madisen Henry had a double. Hailey Dupuis had a single and stolen base. Ashley Dusseau scored a run. Phoebe Cross pitched 5 innings allowing 8 hits and 4 earned runs with 1 strike out.
Swartz Creek 1 Rochester 0
The second game versus Rochester was a pitching and defensive gem by both teams that went 7 innings in spite of the hour and 20 minute time limit. The Dragons were the away team again.
Kylee Pierce had a 2 out single with Phoebe Cross coming into courtesy run, but she would be left on base. Rochester managed to get 2 on with a walk and single, but they would be stranded. Both teams were retired in order in the 2nd. Allison Dusseau got a 1 out walk in the top of the 3rd. She advanced to 3b on a single by Ella Sinclair who then stole 2b putting runners on 2nd and 3rd, but they would also be left on base. An infield single for Rochester followed by a sacrifice bunt put the runner on 3b with 2 outs, but the Dragons kept her off the scoreboard too.
Both sides were retired in order in the 4th. McKenzie McDaniel reached base on error to start the 5th inning. A 2 out single by Ella Sinclair put runners on 1st and 2nd. A passed ball sent them to 2nd and 3rd, but.....here it comes.....they would be stranded once again keeping the game scoreless. A 2 out single in the bottom of the inning would result in another runner left on base for Rochester after a line drive was snagged by short stop Ella Sinclair.
Kylee Pierce reached base on error in the top of the 6th with Phoebe Cross coming into courtesy run. Lauren Black reached base on a fielder's choice that resulted in Cross out at 2b. Lauren Black advanced to 2b on a ground out by pinch hitter Phoebe Cross. A single to center field by Danielle Heron resulted in a controversial call at the plate with Lauren Black called out on a relay from center field to short stop to the catcher. Rochester was retired in order in the bottom of the 6th with the game still scoreless.
In the top of the 7th McKenzie Mcdaniel and Ashley Dusseau were both hit by pitches to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Allison Dusseau laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the runners to 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. An RBI double by Ella Sinclair scored McKenzie McDaniel and moved Ashley Dusseau to 3rd. They would be stranded, but the Dragons had a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th. Rochester managed a 1 out double, but 2 ground outs later the game was over with the Dragons getting the victory.
Ella Sinclair had 3 of the Dragons 5 hits, the game winning RBI double and a stolen base. Kylee Pierce and Danielle Heron had the other 2 singles. McKenzie McDaniel scored the winning run after being hit by a pitch. Madisen Henry pitched 7 innings scattering 5 hits, allowing no runs with 4 strike outs.
Brandon 8 Swartz Creek 7
The final game of the day was also an intense game with a dramatic ending. The Dragons would be the home team. Brandon had a single in the top of the 1st advancing to 2b on a ground out, but she would be not score. The Dragons were retired in order in the bottom of the inning.
In the top of the 2nd the lead off batter for Brandon hit a line drive, but Creek 2nd baseman Allison Dusseau made a nice play to get the out. With 2 outs a Brandon hitter attempted to stretch a double into a triple, but an awesome relay from Kara Manier to Allison Dusseau to Ashley Dusseau resulted in the 3rd out of the inning. The Dragons managed a couple walks from McKenzie McDaniel and Kara Manier, but were left on base with game scoreless after 2 innings of play.
Brandon would get on the scoreboard first in the top of the 3rd with 4 hits and a walk. Kylee Pierce caught another runner attempting to steal 3rd to end the inning with Brandon taking a 3-0 lead. Ella Sinclair reached 2nd base on an error in right field with 1 out in the bottom of the 3rd. She would be out attempting to advance to 3b on a fly out by Danielle Heron to right field to end the inning.
Brandon was set down in order in the top of the 4th. Ashley Dusseau had a 2 out single in the bottom of the inning. McKenzie McDaniel reached base on another error by the right fielder that sent Ashley Dusseau to 3b and herself to 2b. A single by Kara Manier scored Ashley Dusseau and moved McKenzie McDaniel to 3b. Kara Manier stoled 2b with Brandon attempting get her out McKenzie McDaniel scored. The inning would end with the Dragons down 3-2.
Brandon was retired in order again in the top of the 5th. Allison Dusseau led off the bottom of the 5th followed by a single from Ella Sinclair put runners on 1st and 2nd. Danielle Heron singled to load the bases. A one out sacrifice fly to center field by Lauren Black scored Allison Dusseau. A line out by Ashley Dusseau ended the inning with the game tied 3-3.
Brandon took advantage of 3 walks with 5 hits to score 5 runs in the top of the 6th taking a 8-3 lead into the bottom of the inning. Because of the time limit it would be the Dragons final at bat in the bottom of the 6th. They made a great comeback effort beginning with a 1 out walk to Kara Manier. With 2 outs Allison Dusseau singled putting runners on 1st and 2nd. An RBI single by Ella Sinclair cut the lead to 8-4. An RBI single by Danielle Heron made it 8-5. A 2 RBI triple by Kylee Pierce made the score 8-7, but the Dragons efforts to score Pierce to tie the game fell short with a fly out to right field ending the game 8-7.
Ella Sinclair had 2 hits, scored and had an RBI. Danielle Heron had 2 hits, scored and had an RBI. Kylee Pierce had a triple and 2 RBIs. Kara Manier had 2 walks, a single, RBI and scored. Allison Dusseau had a hit, walk and scored 2 runs. Ashley Dusseau had a hit and scored. McKenzie McDaniel had a walk and scored. Lauren Black had a sacrifice fly RBI. Madisen Henry pitched 6 innings allowing 11 hits, 4 walks and 8 runs with 5 strike outs.
Next up for the Dragons (may be) Monday at Linden and home on Tuesday vs Goodrich, but the weather forecast isn't looking very favorable. Schedule updates will be posted here on the website.