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Dragons Season Ends at Regionals
Midland 6 Swartz Creek 1
The Dragons would be the visiting team. In the top of the 1st inning they were retired in order. Midland managed a walk and double, but were kept off the scoreboard too. The Dragons went down in order again in the top of the 2nd, but Midland did as well in the bottom half of the inning.
Creek got a lead off single by Ashley Dusseau in the top of the 3rd. Kara Manier followed with a single moving Dusseau to 2nd. Ella Sinclair reached base on an error that also scored Dusseau, while keeping Manier at 2nd. Lauren Black singled to load the bases with one out, but they would be stranded with the Dragons up 1-0. With 2 outs Midland got a runner on 1st with what's considered a wild pitch strikeout on a change up in the dirt. The next batter hit a home run to give Midland a 2-1 lead before the inning ended.
The Dragons were retired again in order in the top of the 4th. Midland threatened to score with a walk, single and sacrifice bunt, but failed to do so keeping the score 2-1 after 4 innings of play. Manier hit her second single of the game to lead off the 5th with Hailey Dupuis coming into pinch run. But, Creek could not string hits together to score. Midland added 2 more runs in the bottom of the inning with 2 hits, walk, sacrifice and an error. The lead was now 5-1.
The Dragons managed a base runner in the 6th thanks to a Midland error, but could not score. Midland increased their lead in the bottom of the 6th with a triple and single to 6-1. Down to their final at-bats the Dragons got a lead off base runner, Ashley Dusseau, who was hit by a pitch and had to leave the game. Phoebe Cross came into run. Manier hit into a double play and one out later the Dragons season was over.
For the Dragons Kara Manier had 2 hits. Lauren Black and Ashley Dusseau had a hit each. Madisen Henry pitched the whole game with 6 strikeouts and 4 earned runs.
2015 All-League & All-District Awards
Congratulations to all of the Dragon Award Winners. League awards are based only on the player's stats from their league play. District awards are based upon the player's stats for the entire season as well as play in the district games.
League awards are 1st team, 2nd team, and honorable mention. Player's can receive 1 or 2 points from each coach in the league, where the highest point totals determine what level of award they receive. A player that receives 2 points from every coach in the league is a "Unanimous" vote getter. There are league awards for Pitchers, First Baseman, Infield (Second Base, Short Stop, & Third Base combined for 4 total awards), Catcher, Outfield (4 awards), and At-Large (Basically like a Designated Hitter).
District awards are by position and only one level (like 1st team league) and are necessary for a player to be considered for Regional and All-State Awards.
The player's will receive their official awards on the Softball Awards Night. Below are this year's award winners for the Dragons.
1st Team All-League
- At Large - Danielle Heron - Senior
2nd Team All-League
- 1st Base - Lauren Black - Senior
- Pitcher - Madisen Henry - Junior
- Catcher - Kylee Pierce - Sophomore
- Infield - Ella Sinclair - Junior
- At Large - Lauren Black - Senior
- DP - Danielle Heron - Senior
- Pitcher - Madisen Henry - Junior
- At Large - Ella Sinclair - Junior
- Catcher - Kylee Pierce - Sophomore
- Outfiled - Natalie Oldrham - Freshman
Swartz Creek also won the team Sportmanship Award for the district.
(Left) All-League - Lauren Black, Danielle Heron, Madisen Henry & Kylee Pierce.
(Right) Natalie Odrham, Lauren Black, Danielle Heron, Madisen Henry, Kylee Pierce & Ella Sinclair.
....and yes....it's time for a new phone/camera...
Regional Awards work like the District Awards. The players are competing by position with all players from the region. They are based upon the player's stats for the entire season. In order for a player to be considered for All-Region, they must have received an All-District Award. These awards are by a player's fielding position. Each position has a number of award winners, which are ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.
Each Region's award winners will be considered for All-State Honors by position and according to their ranking. So for example, each 1st ranked pitcher from the 8 division 1 regions compete for All-State and then Honorable Mention All-State. It is also possible for a player who is ranked 2nd in their region to receive an award over a player ranked 1st in another region. The All-State awards will be selected after all of the championship games have been completed and the high school season is officially over.
There are 6 outfield All-State (AS) awards and 6 Honorable Mention (HM) awards. There are 3 AS awards for short stop and 5 HM awards. There are 3 AS awards for third base and 3 HM awards. There are 3 AS awards for second base and 5 HM awards. There are 4 AS awards for first base and 3 HM awards. There are 3 AS awards for catcher and 2 HM awards. There are 7 AS awards for pitcher and 6 HM awards.
Regional awards will be selected after this weekend....and All-State awards by the following weekend.
- DP - Danielle Herion - Senior
- 1st Base - Lauren Black - Senior
- Pitcher - Madisen Henry - Junior
Dragons Win District Title!
Swartz Creek 10 Carman-Ainsworth 0
The first game of the district tourney was never very close. The Dragons got great pitching from Phoebe Cross who scattered 4 hits in 5 shutout innings with 5 strikeouts. For the Dragons Lauren Pletscher led the team with 3 hits including a double, 5 RBIs and scored twice. Kylee Pierce had 2 hits, an RBI and scored. Ella Sinclair had a hit, RBI and scored. Natalie Oldrham had a hit and scored twice. Danielle Heron had a hit and scored twice.
Senior McKenzie McDaniel - Walk-Off Homer in District Championship Game
Swartz Creek 3 Kearsley 2
The championship game was a nail-biter where the Dragons faced Kearsley for the 4th time this season after Kearsley beat Flushing moments before. Creek would be the home team. Madisen Henry pitched for the Dragons. In the top of the 1st Kearsley went down in order. Ella Sinclair reached on error in the bottom of the 1st, but she would be stranded.
Kearsley managed a couple runners in the 2nd on a walk and single, but could not score. The Dragons were set down in order in the bottom of the inning. Kearsley got a single in the 3rd, but could not score. Kara Manier led off the 3rd with a single and advanced to 2nd on a sac bunt by Allison Dusseau, but she would be stranded as well.
Kearsley got on the scoreboard first with 2 walks, a sac bunt and ground out taking a 1-0 lead. The Dragons got a walk from Oldrham and single by Pletscher, but failed to score in the bottom of the 4th. A couple hits and error gave Kearsley a great chance to score in the 5th with the bases loaded, but could not add to their lead. Manier led off the inning reaching base on an error that sent her to 2nd. She reached 3rd on a passed ball. Hailey Dupuis came into pinch run and scored on a wild pitch. Sinclair walked, then was thrown out attempting to steal as the inning ended with the game tied.
A single, error and ground out gave Kearsley the lead before the inning ended. Creek got a lead off single by Pierce in the bottom of the 6th. Oldrham singled to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. Danielle Heron singled to load the bases. Pletscher hit a ground ball to 3rd, which forced out Pierce at the plate and kept the bases loaded. Ashley Dusseau ripped a long ball to deep center field, but the Kearsley outfielder made a spectacular running catch, which sent all the runners back to keep the bases loaded with 2 outs. A wild pitch scored Oldrham and moved the runners up before the inning ended with the game tied 2-2.
Kearsley went down in order in the top of the 7th. The Dragons got a 2-out single from Lauren Black, but could not score. Kearsley got a lead off single, walke and used an error to threaten to score. But, the Dragons kept them off the scoreboard. Creek got a single from Heron in the 8th, but she too would be stranded.
Kearsley got a 2-out double in the 9th inning, but Henry got a big strikeout to end that threat. In the bottom of the 9th with a full-count senior McKenzie McDaniel blasted her 1st career home run deep over the left field fence to win the game and district championship for the Dragons.
For the Dragons Madisen Henry pitched 9 inning allowing 2 runs on 7 hits 6 strikeouts. McKenzie McDaniel hit the game winning walk-off home run. Danielle Heron had 2 hits. Kara Manier, Kylee Pierce, Natalie Oldrham, Lauren Pletscher and Lauren Black had one hit each. Oldrham and pinch-runner Hailey Dupuis each scored.
The Dragons will travel next Saturday for Regionals at Saginaw Valley State University.
Creek Sweeps Corunna
The Dragons were set to travel to Clarkston tonight, but they had to make up leauge games. Instead they played host to Corunna. Neither game was very close so there are only box scores tonight.
Swartz Creek 15 Corunna 0 (4 innings)
For the Dragons Kylee Pierce had 4 hits including 2 doubles, RBI and scored. Lauren Black had 3 hits including 2 doubles, 5 RBIs and scored twice. Lauren Pletscher had 3 hits including 2 doubles and a triple, 2 RBIs and scored twice. Natalie Oldrham had 2 doubles, 3 RBIs and scored. Allison Dusseau had a hit, walk and scored twice. Madisen Henry pitched the first 3 innings allowing no hits with 6 strikeouts. Natalie Oldrham pitched the 4th scoreless inning only allowing 1 hit.
Swartz Creek 8 Corunna 3
For the Dragons Madisen Henry had 3 hits including a triple, 2 RBIs and scored. Kylee Pierce had 2 hits and scored twice. Hailey Dupuis had 2 hits including a double, 2 RBIs and scored. Lauren Pletscher had an RBI double. Natalie Oldrham had a hit, walk and scored twice. Allison Dusseau had a hit and walk. Kara Manier had a hit, walk and scored. Phoebe Cross pitched scattering 5 hits in 7 innings with 8 strikeouts.
Dragons Improve to .500; Sweep Flushing
Swartz Creek 7 Flushing 3
Flushing took advantage of a couple errors by the Dragons and a double to score 2 runs in the top of the 1st. Ella Sinclair walked to begin the bottom of the 1st for the Dragons. She advanced to 2nd on a passed ball. With 1 out she moved to 3rd on a sacrifice fly by Kylee Pierce and then scored on wild pitch before the inning ended with Flushing ahead 2-1.
With 2 outsin the top of the 2nd a Flushing batter reached base on an error, but she was caught stealing for the 3rd out on a throw from Pierce to Sinclair. Danielle Heron led off the bottom half of the inning with a single. Lauren Pletscher belted a line drive to right field, but it was caught for the 1st out. Ashley Dusseau walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Kara Manier walked to load the bases. But, two strikeouts later they were all stranded.
Flushing tacked on another run in the 3rd with 3 hits and a fielder's choice to extend their lead to 3-1. Lauren Black led off the 3rd with a double and advanced to 3rd on a passed ball. Pierce was hit by a pitch, then stole 2nd. A ground out by Natalie Oldrham scored Black, while keeping Pierce at 2nd. Pierce advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch. Heron singled again to score Pierce. Pletscher ripped a line drive, but the pitcher caught the ball and doubled up Heron at 1st to end the inning with the game tied.
Flushing got a lead off double to start the 4th. A bloop single kept the runner on 2nd. Another single loaded the bases. The next batter hit a low line drive back to the pitcher, Madisen Henry, who caught the ball and threw it to 1st for a double play that left runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. A fly out to right field ended Flushing's scoring threat. Ashley Dusseau walked to begin the bottom of the 4th. With 1 out Allison Dusseau singled moving her sister to 2nd, but the would be stranded.
Flushing and Creek went down in order in the the 5th. Flushing was set down 1-2-3 again in the 6th. The Dragons rallied in the bottom of the inning scoring 4 times. Ashley Dusseau walked with 1 down. Manier doubled moving Dusseau to 3rd. Hailey Dupuis came into pinch run for Manier. A walk to Allison Dusseau loaded the bases. A single by Sinlcair scored Ashley Dusseau, while Dupuis was thrown out at 3rd with Allison Dusseau moving to 2nd. With 2 outs Black singled to score Allison Dusseau and moved Sinclair to 3rd. Sinclair scored on a passed ball. A double by Kylee Pierce scored Black before the inning ended with Creek up 7-3.
Flushing went down in order in the top of the 7th to give the Dragons a victory.
For the Dragons Ella Sinclair had a hit, RBI, scored twice with a walk. Lauren Black had 2 hits including a double, RBI and scored twice. Kylee Pierce had a double, walk, was hit by a pitch, RBI and scored. Danielle Heron had 2 hits and an RBI. Ashley Dusseau had 3 walks and scored. Kara Manier had a double and walk. Allison Dusseauh had a hit, walk and scored. Natalie Oldrham had an RBI. Madisen Henry pitched scattering 8 hits and allowing only 1 earned run with a couple strikeouts.
Swartz Creek 10 Flushing 0
The nightcap was all Swartz Creek beating Flushing in 5 innings by the run rule. Phoebe Cross pitched for Creek allowing just 1 hit with 4 strikeouts. The Dragons offense was led by Kylee Pierce who had 3 hits including a triple with an RBI and scored 3 runs. Natalie Oldrham had 2 hits, 3 RBIs, scored twice and walked. Lauren Black had 2 hits, RBI, walk and scored 3 runs. Lauren Pletscher had a double. Danielle Heron had 2 hits and an RBI. Ella Sinclair walked and scored.
- Dragons Play 3 Great Games at Home Tourney
- Dragons Split with #7 Lake Orion
- Dragons Take 2 at Holly
- Dragons Sweep Powers
- Dragons Split with Clio
- Dragons 3-2 at Stars Tourney Winning Flight
- Dragons lose in 13 innings; Swept by Kearsley
- Varsity Swept by Brandon
- Dragons 1-2 in Saturday's Tourney at Swartz Creek
- Dragons Take 2 at Linden