The Dragons played their 4th and final tournament of the season at home Saturday. They played 3 of the best games they've played all season, but came up short in 2 of them.
Swartz Creek 1 Portland 2
In the top of the 1st Portland got a lead off walk. A sac bunt moved her to 2nd, but that's where she would remain. Ella Sinclair led off with a single for the Dragons. Kylee Pierce got a 1 out single moving Sinclair to 2nd. A wild pitch moved the runners up, but they would also be stranded. Portland managed a double in the 2nd, but could not score. Kara Manier reached base on error with 2 outs, but she would not get past 1st base as then inning ended with the game still scoreless.
Portland went down in order in the top of the 3rd, but so did the Dragons. Portland was retired in order in the top of the 4th as well. The Dragons got a 2 out single by Natalie Oldrham. Danielle Heron lined out sharply to the pitcher to end the inning. Portland went down 1-2-3 in the top of the 5th. Manier walked to begin the bottom of the 5th with Phoebe Cross coming into pinch run. Pinch hitter Lauren Pletscher put down a sac bun to move Cross to 2nd base. After a couple of hard hit balls resulted in outs by the Dragons the game remained scoreless.
Portland was retired in order again in the top of the 6th. Pierce led off the bottom of the 6th with a single. Ashley Dusseau got a 1 out single that moved Pierce to 2nd. With 2 outs Heron ripped a hit up the middle, but Pierce was thrown out at home on a very close call to end the scoring threat and keep the game scoreless. Portland got a single and sac bunt to put a runner on 2nd base, but they could not score in the top of the 7th. The Dragons were retired in order in the bottom of the 7th.
The international tie breaker was used in the 8th, so Portland began with a runner on 2nd. They moved her to 3rd on a sac bunt, but could not score. The Dragons had a great chance to score in the bottom of the 8th with Sinclair beginning the inning on 2nd. Lauren Black singled moving Sinclair to 3rd with no outs. A sac bunt by Pierce moved Black to 2nd, but could not score Sinclair who remained at 3rd. With 2 outs Ashley Dusseay lined out to the short stop who made a diving catch to save the game for Portland.
Portland put 2 runs on the board in the top of the 9th thanks to the first 2 errors of the game by the Dragons. Down 2-0 in the bottom of the 9th, Ashley Dusseau began the inning at 2nd. Oldrham lined out to the 1st baseman. With 2 outs Kara Manier ripped a line drive up the middle to score Dusseau and get Creek on the board. But that would be all the Dragons could do as the game ended losing 2-1.
For the Dragons Kylee Pierce had 2 hits. Ashley Dusseau had a hit and scored. Kara Manier had a hit and RBI. Ella Sinclair, Lauren Black, Natalie Oldrham and Danielle Heron each had a hit. Madisen Henry pitched all 9 innings allowing only 2 hits with 11 strikeouts and 3 walks with no earned runs.
Swartz Creek 12 North Branch 5
The Dragons would be the home team again in the 2nd game. North Branch managed a couple base runners on a hit by pitch and error, but could not score in the top of the 1st. The Dragons got on the board first with a 2 out solo home run by Kylee Pierce. Madisen Henry and Ashley Dusseau had back to back singles, but they would be stranded with Creek up 1-0.
North Branch got a couple hits in the top of the 2nd, but could not score. The Dragons added another run in the bottom of the inning with a 1 out single by Oldrham followed by a single from Lauren Pletscher. Hailey Dupuis came into courtesy run. A 2 out walk to Lauren Black loaded the bases. The runners moved up on a wild pitch that scored Oldrham, before the inning ended with the Dragons up 2-0.
North Branch took the lead in the top of the 3rd on 3 hits and 2 walks. The Dragons came right back to take the lead in the bottom of the 3rd. Madisen Henry and Ashley Dusseau walked with no outs. With one out Kara Manier walked to load the bases. Allison Dusseau ripped a double to score Henry and her sister Ashley. Lauren Pletscher singled to score Manier and regain the lead 5-3.
North Branch went down in order in the 4th, while the Dragons blew the game wide open scoring 6 runs. 3 singles in a row by Black, Pierce and Henry loaded the bases. Danielle Heron singled with 1 out to score Black and Pierce scored on an error on the play. Kara Manier singled to score Henry. Allison Dusseau singled to score Heron. Manier and Dusseau both scored on passed balls. Heading into the 5th the Dragons had a 11-3 lead.
North Branch added a couple runs in the 5th with 3 hits including a homer. The Dragons got a single from Ashley Dusseau in the 5th, but could not score. Hailey Dupuis came into run for Pletscher and scored on a passed ball making the score 12-5. North Branch managed a hit in the 7th, but failed to score as the Dragons took the 12-5 victory.
For the Dragons Ella Sinclair had 2 hits and an RBI. Lauren Black had a hit, walk and scored. Kylee Pierce had 2 hits including a home run, scored twice with an RBI. Madisen Henry had 2 hits, walk and scored twice. Ashley Dusseau had two hits, walk and scored. Danielle Herion had a hit, RBI and scored. Kara Manier had a hit, RBI, walk and scored twice. Natalie Oldrham had a hit and scored. Allison Dusseau had 2 hits including a double, 3 RBIs and scored. Lauren Pletscher had 3 hits, RBI and scored. Phoebe Cross pitched allowing 5 runs on 9 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts.
Swartz Creek 0 Bay City Western 1
The final game would be another pitching gem for Madisen Henry allowing only 4 hits and 1 earned run with 3 strike outs and a walk. Henry pitched a total of 16 innings on the day allowing just 1 earned run with 14 strikeouts. The Dragon bats just could not get it done with the only hit of the game coming from Ella Sinclair. Defense was solid from both the Dragons and BC Western.