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Varsity Drops Pair to Lake Orion
On a beautiful summer like night the Dragons took on the Dragons of Lake Orion in a non-conference double header. It would be a rough night for the Swartz Creek pitching staff.
Swartz Creek 2 Lake Orion 13
Creek only managed 5 hits in the game. Carah Pletscher singled and scored on another single by her sister Lauren Pletscher. Abby Stringer singled and scored on a ground out by Kara Manier. Daniel Heron and Hailey Fox also had hits in the game, but did not score.
Lake Orion pounded out 12 hits including 3 home runs, one which was a grand slam and 4 doubles. The Dragons defense played solid in both games.
Swartz Creek 2 Lake Orion 11
The Dragons only managed 5 hits in the nightcap as well. Hanna Sayles and Fox led off with back to back singles. Sayles scored on a wild pitch and Fox scored on an RBI single by Carah Pletscher. That would be all the scoring the Dragons would do. Sayles had another hit and Carah Pletscher doubled, but neither would score.
Lake Orion added 15 more hits including several doubles and a home run. Even the outs they made were hard hits. The Dragons defense got quite a workout tonight.
Swartz Creek will host Lapeer West in a Flint Metro League double header on Wednesday night.
Varsity Clarkston Tourney Results
The Dragons traveled to Clarkston for a 3 game round robin tournament on Saturday. To say they started the day off slowly would be an understatement. In fact, it was just plain ugly. However, they did manage to play somewhat better in the second game and far better in the final one going home with 1 win and 2 losses.
Swartz Creek 5 Fenton 16
The game was never close. Creek committed 6 errors and had too many passed balls, wild pitches and mental mistakes to count. There's no sugar-coating this one. For Creek Hanna Sayles had 2 hits and scored, Tabby Miller had a hit, RBI and scored, Carah Pletscher had a hit and scored and Lauren Black had a hit, 2 RBIs and scored. Carah Pletscher started the game on the mound going 1 1/3 with Phoebe Cross finishing the game.
Making matters worse the Dragons lost Co-Captain Center Fielder Tabby Miller to a foot/ankle injury late in the game. We're hopeful for a speedy recovery. The only bright spot of the game is that it will not count in the league standings. The Dragons now know they'll have to work hard to beat a very solid Fenton team.
Swartz Creek 2 Clarkston 9
The Dragons came out battling in the top of the 1st inning loading the bases with a lead off single by Sayles. Hailey Fox got on base by a fielder's choice with Clarkston's failed attempt to get the lead runner Sayles. Jamie Perigo also got on base the same way with a fielder's choice to load the bases with no outs. But, 2 more succesful fielder's choice plays resulted in Sayles and Fox getting forced out at home and a hard hit ball to the pitcher ended the scoring threat by the Dragons and gave Clarkston the momentum.
Clarkston put the ball in play taking advantage of 2 Creek errors and mixing small ball with a long triple to take a 4-0 lead after 1. They extended their lead to 7-0 at the end of the 5th inning, despite the Dragons slowly improving defesive play.
In the top of the 6th innings Fox led off with a single followed by Perigo reaching base on an error. A wild pitch moved the runners to 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Another wild pitch scored Fox and moved Perigo to 3rd. An RBI ground out by Black scored Perigo, but the Dragons scoring stopped there cutting the score to 7-2.
A couple more errors, wild pitches, passed balls and a batter being hit by a pitch later and Clarkston upped their lead to 9-2.
Kylee Pierce, who came up from the JV squad for the tournament singled to start the 7th. A ground out by the pinch hitting Abby Stringer moved her to 2nd. With 2 outs the speedy Sayles got an infield hit, but Pierce was thrown out at 3rd to end the game.
Sayles had 2 hits, Fox had a hit and scored, Perigo scored, Black had an RBI and Pierce had a hit. Madisen Henry pitched the complete game for the Dragons.
Swartz Creek 7 Livonia Stevenson 5
Livonia began the game getting 2 on with a single and batter hit by a pitch with 1 out. But, they would be kept off the scoreboard after a long sacrifice fly to right field and ground out to second. With 2 outs Pierce singled in the bottom of the 1st, but would be stranded as well.
A couple of walks gave Livonia a scoring chance in the top of the second, but they too were stranded.
Carah Pletscher led off the bottom of the second with a single and advanced to 2nd on a wild pitch. Danielle Heron ripped a line drive up the middle scoring Pletscher. With 1 out Kara Manier hit a soft line drive just over the short stop's head that was caught resulting in a double play to end the inning. The Dragons had their first lead of the day 1-0.
The lead didn't last long with Livonia scoring 3 times in the top of the 3rd with 3 hits and an error.
Perigo led off the bottom of the 3rd with a hit, but was out with Sayles hitting into a fielder's choice. Fox reached second base on an error that moved Sayles to 3rd. A wild pitch scored Sayles and moved Fox to 3rd. The inning ended shortly after that with the Dragons down 3-2.
Livonia scored 2 more runs in the top of the 4th on a lead off walk, error and sacrifice bunt increasing their lead to 5-2.
Carah Pletscher singled to start the bottom of the 4th followed by another single by Heron. With 1 out Manier hit her first career double and got her first RBIs scoring Pletscher and Heron. She would be stranded, but the lead was cut to 5-4.
Livonia was kept of the scoreboard in the 5th helped by a circus like double play. A lead off walk put a runner on 1st. A bunt attempt that was popped up and caught by Sayles who threw the ball to 1st, but the runner was in the way and it went into right field. The right fielder Manier was backing up the play and threw it to the cutoff Carah Pletscher and then to the catcher Lauren Pletscher tagging out the runner attempting to score. Another pop out to the pitcher ended the inning.
The Dragons took the lead in the 5th with a lead off single by Fox, Pierce reaching base on an error by the left fielder and an RBI ground out by Black scoring Fox. Pierce scored on a fielder's choice by Carah Pletscher. The inning would end later with Creek up 6-5.
Livonia was retired in order on 2 strikeouts and an outfield flyout in the top of the 6th.
A lead off single by Perigo started the bottom of the 6th. She would be called for runner interference on a ground ball by Sayles. A single by Fox moved Sayles to 3rd who then scored on an error by the short stop during the play. The threat would end there with the Dragons leading 7-5.
A lead off double in the top of the 7th followed by an infield error put runners on 1st and 3rd for Livonia. A pop out to shallow center field to Heron, strikeout and groundout to Fox a short stop ended the game.
Cross pitched the whole game for Creek with 5 strikeouts, while allowing 6 hits and 5 walks. The Dragons had 11 hits. Heron had 2 hits, scored and an RBI. Fox had 2 hits and scored. Carah Pletscher had 2 hits and scored. Manier had a double and 2 RBIs. Perigo had 2 hits. Pierce had a hit and scored. Black also had a hit.
The Dragons are scheduled to play at Lake Orion at 4:30 on Monday. The Dragons overall record is 4-2 and 2-0 in league play.
Varsity Sweeps Linden in League Opener
The Dragons traveled to Linden Thursday night to open play in the Flint Metro League. The weather was great and the girls came out ready to play in the first game. The tone was set in the first inning of the first game as they scored 10 runs and kept the momentum through both games. They improved their overall record to 3-0 and 2-0 in the League.
Swartz Creek 11 Linden 1
Hanna Sayles led off the game with a single and promptly stole second and third. Hailey Fox walked and stole second. Tabby Miller was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Lauren Black hit into a fielder's choice that scored Sayles with Linden attempting to get the out at home. Carah Pletscher reached base on an error by the pitcher scoring Fox and Miller. Jamie Perigo was hit by a pitch to reload the bases. Lauren Pletscher grounded out to short to score Black. With 2 outs Danielle Heron singled up the middle to score Carah Pletscher and Perigo then advaced to second on the throw home. Sayles batted for the second time in the inning singling and scoring Heron. Fox reached base on an error putting two on with two outs. And then Miller launched a bomb over the center field fence, her first career home run, a 3-run shot making the score 10-0. Black followed with a single, but would be stranded as the inning ended.
Carah Pletscher made her first start on the mound striking out three in the bottom of the first to maintain the lead. Lauren Pletscher was hit by a pitch in the second with Kara Manier coming into courtesy run. She reached second base on a wild pitch, but would be stranded.
Linden was held scoreless again in the bottom of the second inning keeping the score 10-0.
Fox got an infield hit in the top of the third, moved to second on a ground out and then scored on a 2-out single by Black. Carah Pletscher singled, but her and Black would be stranded with the Dragons up 11-0 after 2 1/2.
Linden managed to get on the scoreboard without a hit in the bottom of the third on a walk, error and couple wild pitches cutting the score to 11-1, which is where it would end by mercy rule in the 5th.
Pletscher pitched the first 3 innings with 7 strikeouts and 1 unearned run with no hits. Phoebe Cross pitched the last 2 innings with 2 strikeouts and no hits. The two combined for a no-hitter.
Sayles had 2 hits, scored twice, 2 stolen bases and an RBI. Heron had 2 hits, 2 RBIs and scored. Black had 2 hits with 2 RBIs and scored. Fox had a hit and scored 3 runs. Miller had a Home Run, 3 RBIs and scored. Perigo had a hit and scored.
Swartz Creek 9 Linden 0
The Dragons would be the home team in the nightcap with Cross on the mound retiring the Eagles in order. But they too would go down in order in the bottom of the first.
Again in the top of the second the Eagles went down in order. In the bottom of the second Black led off with a single. With 2 outs Lauren Pletscher was hit by a pitch. Manier came into courtesy run. Heron reached base on an error that scored Black. The inning ended with the Dragons up 1-0 after two.
Linden managed a single in the 3rd, but the first of 3 ESPN defensive plays by Swartz Creek helped keep them off the scoreboard. Carah Pletscher made a diving catching on a line drive up the middle from her second base position.
Sayles led off the bottom of the 3rd with a triple scoring on an RBI bunt single by Fox. Black smacked another single scoring Fox. Perigo had an infield hit. Lauren Pletscher doubled to score Fox and Black. The inning ended with the Dragons up 5-0.
Linden threatened to score in the top of the 4th with 4 singles, but with two outs Miller made the second ESPN play of the game on a single up the middle to her in center field. She came up throwing a dart to the catcher Lauren Pletscher cutting down a runner at the plate.
Madisen Henry led off the bottom of the 4th with a single. A ground out advanced her to second. Fox reached base on an error that sent Henry to third. Miller bunted to load the bases. Black grounded out to second to score Henry and move the runners up. The inning ended with Creek up 6-0.
Linden tried to get back in the game in the 5th with a walk and sacrifice bunt, but failed to score.
The Dragons got things going in the bottom of the 5th with a 1-out bunt single by Perigo who reached second on an error. A sacrifice bunt by Lauren Pletscher moved her to 3rd with 2 away. Heron ripped the ball up the middle scoring Perigo before the inning ended with Creek up 7-0.
In the top of the 6th Perigo would make the 3rd ESPN play of the game diving for a ball in foul territory in left field retiring the lead off batter. Linden threatened to score with a single an error, but would not score.
Sayles led off the bottom of the 6th with a double, then advanced to third on a passed ball. Miller reached base on a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners. On a double steal Sayles scored with Miller getting to second. Miller stole third before Black RBI single to score her. Gabby Oberlin came into pinch run for Black. Carah Pletscher had another single, but the inning would end with the Dragons up 9-0.
The Eagles would go down in order to end the game with Creek getting the victory 9-0. Cross pitched the complete game scattering 6 hits and a strikeout to get the shutout.
Sayles had a triple and double and scored twice. Black had 3 hits, 3 RBIs and scored twice. Perigo had 2 hits and scored twice. Heron had a hit an RBI. Fox had a hit, scored and an RBI. Miller had a hit and scored. Lauren Pletscher had a hit and 2 RBIs. Henry had a hit and scored. Carah Pletscher had a hit.
The Dragons will travel to Clarkston for a round robin tourney this Saturday.
Varsity Wins 2014 Opener at Goodrich
On a bitter cold and windy night the Dragons traveled to Goodrich to open their 2014 season. The rain and snow held off almost entirely, but the wind was fierce. Both teams overcame the elements and played a great game. In the end it was the Dragons who would come out on top.
Game 1 - Swartz Creek 8 Goodrich 7
The game went into extra innings using the international tie-breaker rule and did not end until the 9th inning. Junior Phoebe Cross pitched the entire game for the Dragons scattering 11 hits with 5 earned runs. The Dragons defense was pretty solid also considering the conditions with Senior outfielder Tabby Miller throwing out 2 runners at 3rd and home. Junior first baseman Lauren Black added some great scoops and stretches as well.
The game was scoreless after 1 inning of play. In the 2nd inning the Dragons loaded the bases with 2 outs on 3 singles by Black, Seniors Hanna Sayles and Jamie Perigo. Freshman catcher Lauren Pletscher cleared the bases with her first career varsity hit, a 3 RBI double to right field. Junior Kara Manier came into courtesy run for Pletscher. The inning would end with Creek up 3-0.
In the 3rd inning with 1 out Miller ripped a triple followed by an RBI ground out to second base by Black. Junior Danielle Heron got her first career varsity hit, a line drive single up the middle, but she would be stranded. Goodrich got on the scoreboard in the bottom half of the 3rd to make the score 4-1.
Sophomore Madisen Henry walked with 1 out in the 4th inning followed by another double by Lauren Pletscher to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Kara Manier came into courtesy run for Pletscher and Senior Gabby Oberlin to pinch run for Henry. With 2 outs Senior Hailey Fox lined out hard to second base to end the scoring threat. Goodrich added a run cutting the lead to 4-2.
Black walked in the 5th with 1 out. Manier came into pinch run for Black, but the Dragons failed to score again. Goodrich rallied for 3 runs to take the lead heading into the 6th 5-4.
Lauren Pletscher reached base on error in the 6th with 1 away. A ground out by Junior pinch hitter Abby Stringer moved Pletscher to 2b with 2 outs. Fox walked putting runners at 1st and 2nd. Heron reached base on an error to load the bases, but that's where they would stay with the Dragons still down 5-4. Goodrich failed to score as well holding on to the 5-4 lead heading into the 7th.
The Dragons tied the score 5-5 in the top of the 7th with a 2 out triple by Sayles followed by an error on a hard ball hit by Perigo. They held Goodrich scoreless to extend the game into extra innings.
With Henry on 2b in the 8th inning via the international tie-breaker rule (the last out) and two quick outs an RBI double by Fox scored Henry to give the Dragons a 6-5 lead. Fox would be stranded to end the threat after Miller lined out to the pitcher. Goodrich came right back and scored to tie the game sending into the 9th inning.
With Miller on 2b to start the 9th she would steal 3rd. Black singled to score Miller. Sayles lined out to left field. Perigo singled moving Black to 2b. Henry singled to score Black and give the Dragons a 2 run lead heading into the bottom of the 9th. Perigo and Henry would be stranded.
Goodrich scored right away in the bottom of the 9th to cut the lead to 8-7 and threatened to tie the game, but the Dragons held on to get the victory.
Lauren Pletscher had 2 doubles and 3 RBIs. Fox had a double, BB and RBI. Black had 2 hits, RBI and BB. Sayles had a triple and single. Perigo had 2 hits. Miller had a triple. Heron had a hit. Henry had an RBI single and BB.
Game 2 Canceled due to daylight
The nightcap was way behind on time and daylight became an issue. Goodrich came out swinging, while taking advantage of wild pitches and big hits. But the game barely lasted 4 innings. MHSAA rules state a game must go 5 innings to be counted, so the game did not count.
The Dragons will open Flint Metro League play Thursday night at Linden.