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Another Sweep for the Dragons

The Dragons improved their overall record on the season to 17-19 after back to back shutouts of Powers Tuesday night.  Next up they'll travel to Lapeer for their final 2 games of the regular season on Thursday night.  On Tuesday, May 31st at 4pm in Flushing the Dragons will take on Carman Ainsworth in a pre-district game to start the post season.  If they win, they'll play Saturday at Flushing in Districts.  If they lose, their season will be over.

 

The games marked the final time the 3 seniors would play on the Swartz Creek Varsity Field.  It was an emotional evening after the games ended for Samantha Lyons, Ella Sinclair and Madisen Henry. 

 

Swartz Creek 4  Powers 0

Madisen Henry pitched another shutout for the Dragons, while racking up 14 more strikeouts for the season.  She now stands at 271.  She only allowed 1 hit and 1 walk.  Natalie Oldrham had a 2-run Homer to the opposite field.  Jess Verran had 2 hits and scored. Kylee Pierce had a triple, walk, RBI and scored.  Madison Majestic had a hit, RBI and scored.  Ella Sinclair had a hit.

 

Swartz Creek 3  Powers 0

Jess Verran pitched the second game for the Dragons, allowing just 2 hits, 2 walks with 4 strikeouts.  She also had a hit, sac bunt and her courtesy runner Abigail Buckner scored.  Kylee Pierce had 2 hits and a walk. Ella Sinclair had a hit and scored.  Allison Dusseau had a hit and an RBI.  Madison Majestic had a double.  Natalie Oldrham had a double and scored.  Olivia Hughes had a hit.

Dragons Get 2 Victories vs Flushing

The Dragons got 2 more victories Monday night in Flushing.  Neither game was close and the Flushing batters were no match for Madisen Henry.  Henry is expected to pitch the first game versus Powers tonight at Swartz Creek (4pm) with 256 strikeouts on the season.  The old Swartz Creek record was 155, which she earned last season. 

 

Swartz Creek  11  Flushing 0

Madisen Henry pitched the 6 inning game, which ended early by the run rule.  She only allowed 2 bloop hits, got another shut out win and racked up 14 strikeouts.  As for the Dragons offense, Ella Sinclair had 3 hits including a double and scored 2 runs.  Madison Majestic had 3 hits.  Jess Verran had a hit, RBI and scored.  Kylee Pierce walked twice and scored.  Allison Dusseau had a hit and scored twice.  Sydney Scott had a hit, walk, 2 RBIs and scored.  Natalie Oldrham had a double, 3 RBIs and scored.  Abigail Buckner had a hit and scored.  Olivia Hughes had a hit and scored.  Madison Snider had a hit and scored.

 

Swartz Creek 8  Flushing 1

Henry pitched the second game also allowing 3 hits with 10 strikeouts.  Sinclair had 3 hits and scored twice.  Madison Majestic had 3 hits, an RBI and scored twice.  Sam Lyons had 2 hits including a double, RBI and scored.  Pierce had 2 hits including a double, walk, 2 RBIs and scored twice.  Verran had a hit and RBI.  Dusseau had a hit, RBI and scored.  Oldrham had a hit.  Snider had an RBI. 

Dragons 2-1 at Final Home Tourney

The Dragons were oh so close to winning their first tourney of the season on Senior Day at Swartz Creek.  They certainly are continuing to improve each week and are expecting to surprise some opponents in the post season.

Dragons Pregame in the Dugout

 

Swartz Creek 2  North Branch 0

Madisen Henry pitched another great game adding another shutout and win to her season in the opener against North Branch.  She scattered 6 hits and 1 walk through the game along with 12 strikeouts.  The defense played well with only 2 errors in the game.  

 

The Dragons offense only managed 6 hits and 1 walk in the game, but it would be enough for the win.  The first run was scored in the 4th with a lead off double by Jess Verran.  She was moved to third base on a sac fly by Kylee Pierce, then scored on a ground out by Allison Dusseau.  Pierce singled in the 6th inning, moved to 2nd after Sydney Scott was hit by a pitch.  A passed ball and wild pitch scored Pierce to give the Dragons a 2-0 lead heading into the top of the 7th, which proved to be enough for the win.

 

For the Dragons Kylee Pierce had 2 hits and scored.  Jess Verran had a double and scored.  Allison Dusseau had an RBI.  Sydney Scott had a double and was hit by a pitch.  Madison Majestic and Olivia Hughes each had a hit.

 

Swartz Creek 10   New Lothrop 6

Jess Verran got her second win on the season in limited attempts, pitching a very solid game versus the Hornets.  In the top of the 1st New Lothrop managed a walk, but did not score.  The Dragons were retired in order.  The Hornets got their first hit in the 2nd, but were kept from scoring again.  Creek got a lead off walk from Allison Dusseau in the 2nd.  She stole second base and a ground out moved her to third base.  Natalie Oldrham walked.  A wild pitch scored Dusseau and move Oldrham to second base, before the inning ended with the Dragons up 1-0.

 

The Hornets tied the game in the 3rd with 3 hits.  They would have scored more but on a double to right field, Olivia Hughes hit her cut off Dusseau, who made a perfect throw to third base to get the runner out.  And then the Dragons came right back to regain the lead in the bottom of the 3rd.  Hughes singled to start the inning.  Ella Sinclair walked.  Jess Verran reached first base on a sac bunt attempt and error, which loaded the bases with no outs.  Abigail Buckner came into courtesy run.  An infield fly by Pierce was the first out.  Dusseau hit into a fielder's choice, which resulted in Hughes being out at the plate, but kept the bases loaded with 2 outs.  Back to back errors by the Hornets on hard hit balls from Scott and Oldrham scored Sinclair, Buckner and Dusseau before the inning ended with Creek up 4-1.

 

The Hornets managed a hit in the 4th inning, but failed to score.  The Dragons loaded the bases with Hughes being hit by a pitch, singles by Sinclair and Verran, but could not score.  The Hornets had another hit in the 5th, but could not score again.  The Dragons extended their lead in the 5th however beginning with a 1-out single from Scott.  Oldrham beat out a sac bunt for a single.  Madison Majestic singled to score Scott and Oldrham.  The DP Madisen Henry walked, with the Flex Madison Snider running for her.  Sinclair singled to score Majestic before the inning came to a close.  The Dragons now had a 7-1 lead.

 

The Hornets managed a couple base runners in the 6th on a hit and fielder's choice, but Verran struck out the side to end the threat.  The Dragons padded their lead in the bottom of the inning starting with a lead off single from Pierce.  Dusseau followed with a single.  A sac bunt from Scott moved both runners into scoring position.  Oldrham singled to score Pierce and move Dusseau to third base. Oldrham stole second base and Majestic knocked in both runners with another single, before the inning ended with Creek up 10-1.

 

The Hornets refused to go down easily getting 4 hits in the top of the 7th and with the help of 3 Dragon errors were able to score 5 times, but it would not be enough.  

 

Verran had 9 strikeouts in the game for Creek with only 1 walk, while allowing 12 hits.  Majestic had 2 hits, 4 RBIs and scored.  Sinclair had 2 hits, an RBI, walk and scored. Oldrham had 2 hits, an RBI and scored twice.  Dusseau had a hit, walk and scored 3 runs.  Verran had a hit, sac and courtesy runner Buckner scored.  Pierce had a hit and scored.  Hughes had a hit.

Swartz Creek Softball Senior Day

 

 

Bay City Western 3  Swartz Creek 2

The Dragons would be the visiting team in the Championship game.  Henry pitched another fabulous game versus another top ranked team in the state.  Although the team came up short, it was a great effort by all.

 

Pierce reached base on an error in the top of the 1st with 2 outs, but could not score.  Henry struck out the side in the bottom of the inning.  Both teams went down in order in the 2nd inning.

 

Sam Lyons was hit by a pitch with 1 out in the 3rd.  Sinlcair tripled to score Lyons, then scored on an errant throw to give Creek a 2-0 lead.  Western was retired in order again.  

 

The Dragons would be retired in order in each of the remaining innings.  Western scored on back to back doubles in the 4th to cut the lead to 2-1.  They tied the game in the 5th with a couple bunt singles, an error and stolen base.  In the bottom of the 7th with the game tied, Western got a 2 out double, followed by a soft single to win the game.  

 

Henry scattered 7 hits and 1 walk with 10 strikeouts to keep the game close.  But the Dragons offense just couldn't get going, managing only 2 hits, Sinclair's triple and a double from Pierce.  Lyons and Sinclair scored the runs for Creek.

 

Next up for the Dragons...Monday afternoon at Flushing they'll play their final 2 Metro League games.  They are 6-6 in the league and 13-19 overall.  They were 5-18 a few weeks ago, winning 8 of their last 9 games.  

 

 

 

Dragons Win 2 at Goodrich

The Dragons travelled to Goodrich Wednesday night for a non-conference double-header.  They were beaten earlier in the season by the Martians at the Lake Orion tourney on April 16th by a score of 12-2.  But, the Dragons have been working hard and improving all season long.  They were a couple of hard fought victories, which the team celebrated afterwards.

 

Swartz Creek 2  Goodrich 1

There wasn't a lot of scoring in the first game, as Madisen Henry ptiched another great game for Creek.  She allowed just 2 hits and 3 walks.  She added another 13 strikeouts to her single-season school record, bringing the total to 211 on the year.  The Dragons only managed 3 hits during the game. 

 

Sydney Scott, Madisen Henry and Madison Majestic each had a hit.  Majestic had the first RBI, scoring Natalie Oldrham and the Dragons first run in the 2nd inning, who reached base on a fielder's choice.  In the 3rd inning Ella Sinclari walked and stole second base, before being moved to third base on a sacrifice fly by Kylee Pierce.  Sinclair scored during the play on a errant throw that sailed into the dugout.  That proved to be the winning run.  Goodrich scored their only run in the 5th, but Henry's pitching and solid defense shut them down.

 

Swartz Creek 10  Goodrich 8

Kylee Pierce singled with 2 outs in the top of the 1st for Creek.  Allison Dusseau followed with a walk, but both would be stranded.  Goodrich jumped out front scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the inning on 3 hits, an error and home run.  Madison Majestic singled in the top of the 2nd inning, but did not score.  Goodrich used an error and double to extend their lead to 4-0 after two.

 

Jess Verran reached base on an error with 1 out in the top of the 3rd for the Dragons.  Abigail Buckner came into courtesy run.  Pierce ripped a double to score Buckner.  With 2 outs Sydney Scott singled to score Pierce.  That would be it, but the Dragons cut the lead to 4-2.  Goodrich threatened to score in the bottom half loading the bases, but pitcher Jess Verran worked out of the jam keeping them from adding to their lead.

 

Majestic led off the 4th with a single.  With 1 out Madison Snider walked.  Both runners moved up to 2nd and 3rd on a passed ball.  With 2 outs Pierce singled to score both runners and tie the game 4-4, before the inning ended.  Goodrich came right back scoring twice to regain the lead 6-4.

 

Both teams were set down in order in the 5th inning.

 

The Dragons offense exploded in the 6th inning.  Olivia Hughes got things started with a single.  With 1 out, Sinclair singled.  Verran followed her with a single to load the bases.  Buckner came into courtesy run.  And then once again, the team's leading hitter Kylee Pierce came through big time with a base clearing triple.  Dusseau reached base on an infield single that kept Pierce at 3rd.  She stole second on the first pitch.  Sydney Scott singled to score both runners, but was throw out trying to reach second base.  Natalie Oldrham and Majestic hit back to back singles putting runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs.  They would be stranded, but the Dragons regained the lead 9-6.

 

Goodrich got 2 of the runs back in the bottom of the 6th on a single and home run, cutting the Dragons lead to 9-8.  In the top of the 7th Snider led off with a single up the middle.  With 1 out Verran singled again.  Buckner came into courtesy run.  And one more time Kylee Pierce doubled to score Snider and move Buckner to 3rd.  Dusseau walked to load the bases, but they would all be stranded as the Dragons took a 10-8 lead into the bottom of the 7th.

 

2016 natalie swingGoodrich managed to get runners on 2nd and 3rd with a hit and hit-batter, with only 1 out.  But, the Martians were down to their last out after Verran got a huge strikeout.  The next batter hit the ball up the middle, but Verran fielded it cleanly and threw her out at first for the final out and another victory for Creek.

 

The win was the first official win for the freshman pitcher Jess Verran.  She scattered 7 hits and allowed 4 walks with 3 strikeouts.  She added 2 hits and 2 RBIs, while her courtesy runner Buckner scored twice.  The big bat of the day belonged to Kylee Pierce.  She had 4 hits including 2 doubles, a triple, 5 RBIs and scored twice.  Madi Majestic had 3 hits and scored.  Sydney Scott had 2 hits and 3 RBIs.  Ella Sinclair had a hit and scored.  Allison Dusseau had a hit, walked twice and scored.  Natalie Oldrham and Olivia Hughes each had a hit.  Madison Snider had a hit, walk and scored twice. 

 

Next up for the Dragons, they host their final tournament of the season this Saturday.  It will also be Senior Day.  Game times are 10am, Noon and 2pm.

 

 

Dragons Sweep Holly - Henry 27 Strikeouts

The Dragons continue to get better, sweeping Holly to even their Metro League record (6-6) and improve their overall record to 9-18.  Madisen Henry led the way again pitching both games (13 innings) and striking out 27 of the 39 batters she faced, while allowing just 6 hits.  She now had 198 on the season.  The old single season record, which she owns, was 155.  They travel to Goodrich Wednesday night for a non-conference double header.

 

Swartz Creek 9  Holly 0

In the first game, Henry had 17 strikeouts, allowed 2 hits and 1 walk.  Kylee Piecer had 3 hits including a double, 3 RBIs and scored twice.  Ella Sinclair had 3 hits and scored.  Natalie Oldrham had 3 hits and scored twice.  Allison Dusseau had 2 hits including a double.  Sydney Scott had 2 hits, an RBI and scored. Sam Lyons had 2 hits and scored twice.  Jess Verran had a hit and 2 RBIs.  Madi Majestic had a hit and scored.

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Swartz Creek 10  Holly 0

In the nightcap, Henry had 10 strikeouts, allowed 4 hits and no walks.  She also had 2 hits including a double, RBI and scored.  Sinclair had 4 hits, 3 RBIs and scored twice.  Verran had 3 hits, an RBI and scored.  Dusseau had 3 hits including a double and scored twice.  Majestic had 3 hits, an RBI and scored.  Pierce had a double and scored.  Scott had a hit, RBI and scored. Oldrham had a hit and scored.  Olivia Hughes had a hit.