The 2016 season came to an end in Flushing in District play Saturday. The Dragons offense just couldn't get the timely hits when they had scoring opportunities early in the game, which proved to be the difference.
Senior pitcher Madisen Henry's career came to an end, but she did manage to get her 300th strikeout of the season. She ended with 306 Ks this year with the 15 strikeouts she accumulated during Saturday's game. Her career total was 470, breaking the Dragons career strikeout record of 299 in smashing fashion. The 306 Ks this season crushed the Dragons single season record of 155 as well.
Swartz Creek 0 Kearsley 3
The game began with Henry striking out the side in the top of the 1st. Kylee Pierce singled with 2 outs in the bottom of the 1st, but would be stranded. Henry struck out 2 of the 3 batters in the 2nd retiring the side in order. Sydney Scott bunt singled to begin the bottom of the 2nd. Natalie Oldrham doubled moving Scott to 3rd. Madison Majestic bunt singled, but the runners could not advance, to load the bases with no outs. Sam Lyons flied out to right field and Scott was thrown out at the plate after tagging up. That effectively killed the scoring threat for the Dragons as Oldrham was stranded.
Henry struck out 2 of the 3 batters and again set the side down in order in the top of the 3rd. The Dragons threatened to score again in the bottom of the 3rd beginning with a 1 out double by Jess Verran. Pierce followed with a single that moved Verran to 3rd, then stole 2nd putting 2 in scoring position with 1 out. But, they would be stranded keeping the game scoreless after 3.
In the top of the 4th Henry struck out the first two batters giving her her 300th K on the season. The next play was the defensive play of the game. A bouncing ground ball tipped of Henry's glove and was nabbed by shortstop Ella Sinclair, thrown to 1st baseman Natalie Oldrham for the out.
The Dragons did not get a hit or baserunner during the remainder of the game, going down in order in the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th innings. Kearsley got 4 of their 5 hits in the top of the 5th inning, scoring all of their runs.
It certainly was a tale of two seasons for the Dragons. Beginning with a 5-18 record and ending with a 19-21 record. The Dragons will have their softball banquet on June 16th, where they'll say good bye to the seniors Madisen Henry, Ella Sinclair and Sam Lyons.