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Dragons Get Two Wins at Brandon
The Dragons traveled to Brandon for a couple of conference games on Monday night. They put together two of the best games they've played all year. Senior co-captain pitcher Madisen Henry had 21 strikeouts total in both games. Kylee Pierce and Natalie Oldrham each hit home runs. While the team made a few mistakes, they showed great improvements in all aspects of the game!
The defense has been improving through the season. Pierce has been outstanding behind the plate, picking off another runner tonight. Newcomer freshman Madison Snider made some great catches in center field. Sydney Scott has been great at 3rd base. Natalie Oldrham has been fantastic playing 1st base for the first time in her life. Allison Dusseau continues to improve at 2nd base as is Madison Majestic in the outfield. Ella Sinclair made some great running catches tonight at short stop as well.
Their next game isn't until Monday, May 2nd home against Kearsley.
Swartz Creek 7 Brandon 1
Kylee Pierce got things started in the top of the 1st inning with a 1-out single. Jessica Verran followed with another single. Then, Natalie Oldrham hit her first career varsity home run putting the Dragons up 3-0. With 2 outs Madison Majestic tripled, but she would be stranded. A walk, stolen base and error put Brandon on the board in the bottom of the 1st making the score 3-1.
Sam Lyons was hit by a pitch to start the top of the 2nd for Creek. A sac bunt by Ella Sinclair moved her to 2nd base. With 2 outs Kylee Pierce reached base on an error, which also scored Lyons making the score 4-1 before the inning ended. In the 2nd Brandon managed a couple base runners on a hit and batter hit by a pitch, but they would not score.
Neither team scored in the 3rd inning. In the top of the 4th, the Dragons got a 1-out single by Sinclair, who then stole 2nd. Kylee Pierce launched a bomb into the parking lot past the left field fence, her 3rd homer of the season. With 2 outs Natalie Oldrham and Allison Dusseau singled, but would be stranded as the inning ended with Creek up 6-1. A Brandon runner reached on an error, but 3 strikeouts later ended that threat.
Sydney Scott led of the 5th with a double for Creek, but did not score. Brandon managed their 2nd hit of the game, but did not score either. The Dragons and Brandon went down in order in the 6th. Madison Majestic led off the 7th with a single for Creek. She scored on a fielders choice and stolen base to extend the lead to 7-1 before the inning ended. Another 3 strikeout inning for Brandon ended the game giving Creek the victory.
Madisen Henry pitched a 2 hit complete game in which the only run was unearned with 11 strikeouts. Natalie Oldrham had 2 hits including a Home Run, 3 RBIs and scored. Kylee Pierce had 2 hits including a Home Run, 2 RBIs and scored twice. Allison Dusseau had 2 hits. Sydney Scott had 2 hits including a Double. Jessica Verran had a hit and scored. Ella Sinclair had a hit and scored.
Swartz Creek 4 Brandon 2
In the 2nd game Ella Sinclair singled to lead off the game, but was caught stealing. Kylee Pierce followed with a single. Allison Dusseau reached base on an error that moved Pierce to 2nd base. Both runners advanced on a passed ball, then Pierce scored on another passed ball with Dusseau moving to 3rd base. Natalie Oldrham walked, then stole 2nd base. Jessica Verran ripped a single up the middle scoring both Dusseau and Oldrham. Sydney Scott singled with 2 outs moving Verran to 3rd base, but they would be stranded. The Dragons took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the 1st. Brandon was retired in order.
The Dragons managed a couple runners with 2 outs in the 2nd inning with Oldrham walking again and a single by Dusseau, but could not score. A hit and an error gave Brandon a couple runners, but they would be kept from scoring as well. Scott had a 1-out single in the 3rd, but did not score. Brandon managed a base runner who reached base on an error, but she would not score either.
With 1 out Pierce reached base on an error in the 4th inning. A double by Dusseau scored Pierce extending the Dragons lead to 4-0 before the inning ended. Brandon was set down in order. Majestic led off with a single in the 5th inning, but would not score. Brandon was retired in order again in the bottom of the 5th.
Pierce reached base on an error followed by another hit by Dusseau in the 6th, but both would be stranded. 2 hits and a sac bunt put Brandon on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 6th as the inning ended with the Dragons up 4-1. The Dragons were set down in order in the top of the 7th inning. Brandon got their lead off batter on as she was hit by a pitch. A sac bunt moved her to 2nd base with 1 out. The next batter struckout. With 2 outs an error scored the runner cutting the lead to 4-2, but the next batter hit a soft liner up the middle that was caught by Ella Sinclair to end the game.
Madisen Henry pitched the complete game for the Dragons, again allowing no earned runs. She piled up another 10 strikeouts, giving her 21 on the day. She allowed just 4 hits in the nightcap. Allison Dusseau had 3 hits including a Double, RBI and scored. Sydney Scott had 2 hits. Jessica Verran had a hit and 2 RBIs. Ella Sinclair and Madison Majestic each had a hit. Pierce, who hit the ball hard all day, scored twice.
Dragons 1-2 in 1st Hosted Tourney
Swartz Creek 6 Dewitt 2
The Dragons played one of their best games of the year in the first game of this weekend's tournament at Swartz Creek. As the visiting team they threatened to score in the top of the 1st inning with a 1 out hit by Kylee Pierce, which was followed by a double by Jess Verran putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. But, 2 strikeouts left them stranded. Dewitt took advantage of 2 errors and a hit to score 2 unearned runs.
Both teams went down in order in the 2nd. Ella Sinclair singled with 1 out in the top of the 3rd followed by a walk to Kylee Pierce. Abigail Buckner came into courtesy run for Pierce. Jess Verran singled to score Sinclair, but Buckner was thrown out at 3rd. Natalie Oldrham walked. An error allowed Allison Dusseau to reach base, Verran to score and Oldrham to reach 3rd. Dusseau stole 2nd to put runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. Madison Majestic singled to score Oldrham, but Dusseau was thrown out at the plate. But, the Dragons took the lead 3-1. Dewitt managed a 2 out single in the bottom of the 3rd, but did not score.
Olivia Hughes singled with 2 outs in the top of the 4th followed by a walk to Ella Sinclair, but they would not score either. Dewitt was set down in order in the bottom of the 4th.
A 1 out single by Oldrham and RBI double by Dusseau extended the Dragons lead in the 5th 4-1 with Dewitt retired in order again.
Creek went down in order in the top of the 6th. Dewitt's first 2 batters struck out in the bottom of the 6th, but a hit and error led to another unearned run cutting the lead to 4-2.
Pierce led off the 7th with a long home run to center field for the Dragons. Verran reached base on error. Back to back singles by Dusseau and Majestic loaded the bases with 1 out. A ground out by Sam Lyons scored Verran. The inning would end with the Dragons up 6-2. Dewitt was set down in order again giving Creek the win.
Madisen Henry pitched the complete game for the Dragons, allowing no earned runs, scattering 3 hits with 13 strikeouts. Kylee Pierce had 2 hits including a Home Run, RBI and scored. Jess Verran had 2 hits including a Double, RBI and scored 2 runs. Allison Dusseau had 2 hits including a Double and RBI. Madison Majestic had 2 hits. Ella Sinclair, Sam Lyons and Olivia Hughes each had a hit. Natalie Oldrham had hit and scored.
Lakeland 7 Swartz Creek 0
The 2nd game versus Lakeland was close until the 6th inning thanks to stellar pitching again by Madisen Henry. Creek was only down 3-0 until then. But too many errors led to additional unearned runs again. The Dragons didn't help themselves by only managing 2 hits. Ella Sinclair and Allison Dusseau had the only 2 hits for Creek. Henry scattered 7 hits with 4 strikeouts.
Alpena 11 Swartz Creek 2
The Dragons 3rd game of the day was a tough one. Alpena pounded out 12 hits, helped by 7 Dragon errors to put 11 runs on the scoreboard through the game. Creek managed 5 hits in the game, 3 from Ella Sinclair that included a Double and run scored. Natalie Oldrham and Allison Dusseau had the other 2 hits for Creek. Madisen Snider walked and scored as well for the Dragons. Jess Verran and Oldrham split the game on the mound for Creek.
Pair of Close Losses for Dragons
Swartz Creek 0 Linden 3
The Dragons could only manage 2 hits in the opener against league foe Linden on Monday night. Creek had only one error and a few mental lapses. Credit goes to Linden who made several outstanding catches on defense in the outfield throughout (both) games. Jessica Verran and Natalie Oldrham each had hits, while Madison Majestic and Sydney Scott drew walks. Madisen Henry pitched the complete game with 5 strikeouts.
Swartz Creek 7 Linden 8
The Dragons got their offense going late in the second game to make for another exciting finish. Creek kept Linden off the score board in the 1st. Ella Sinclair led off the game with a walk for Creek, then stole 2nd base. With 2 outs Natalie Oldrham singled to score Sinclair before the inning ended with the Dragons up 1-0.
Linden scored an unearned run in the 2nd inning on a single and error to tie the game. Creek managed 2 base runners, but failed to score in the bottom of the inning. Linden had a lead off hit in the top of the 3rd, but a ground out and 2 strikeouts kept them from taking the lead. The Dragons went down in order in the 3rd.
Linded used a hit an error to score again in the 4th inning taking a 2-1 lead, while the Dragons went down in order again. Linden was retired in order in the top of the 5th. The Dragons tied the game with Sinclair getting a 2 out single, advancing to 2nd base on a passed ball and scoring on a single by Kylee Pierce. The game was tied 2-2 after 5 innings of play.
Linden managed a couple runners in the 6th, but failed to score and the Dragons went down in order keeping the game tied. Linden had a hit in the 7th, but Creek kept her from scoring. The Dragons were retired in order in the 7th sending the game into the International Tie-Breaker Rule.
In the 8th, beginning with a runner on 2nd base (last out from previous inning), a single moved the runner to 3rd base. The player on 1st stole 2nd base on the next pitch to put runners at 1st and 2nd with no outs. A line out to 2nd base kept the runners from scoring. With 1 out a ground out to 2nd base scored the runner from 3rd base and moved the other runner to 3rd base. With 2 outs a single with an error in the out field scored another run. Linden took a 3 run lead (5-2) into the bottom of the 8th inning.
The Dragons began the inning with Olivia Hughes as the runner at 2nd base. A sacrifice bunt by Ella Sinclair moved her to 3rd base. A double by Kylee Pierce scored Hughes with one out. The next batter grounded out to short stop keeping Pierce at 2nd base. With 2 outs Natalie Oldrham singled to score Pierce cutting the lead to 5-4. Allison Dusseau followed with a single that moved Oldrham to 2nd base. Madison Majestic ripped a Double to score Oldrham and move Dusseau to 3rd base tying the game 5-5. But the Dragons failed to push in the winning run.
In the 9th innning with another runner starting on 2nd base, Linden homered to take a 2 run lead. The next batters were retired, but the damage was done. The Dragons began the inning with Sydney Scott running at 2nd base. Madisen Henry came up with a pinch hit single that scored Scott to cut the lead to one, 8-7. Next up, Ella Sinclair hit a sharp line drive to 2nd base, which resulted in a double play and ended the game.
For the Dragons Ella Sinclair had a hit and scored 2 runs. Kylee Pierce had 2 hits including a Double, 2 RBIs and scored. Natalie Oldrham had 2 hits, 2 RBIs and scored. Allison Dusseau had a hit. Madison Majestic had a Double and RBI. Madisen Henry had a hit, RBI and pitched the game for Creek with 6 strikeouts.
Dragons Continue to Improve at Lake Orion Tournament
The Dragons went 1-2 Saturday at the Lake Orion Tournament, but continue to improve. The defense is where the most progress is being made and hitting is expected to come around through the season as well. Pitching has been solid all year. The games had time limits, which prevented them from going the full 7 innings.
Oxford 6 Swartz Creek 0
The Dragons ran into an exceptional pitcher from Oxford who threw a 6-inning no-hitter against them. Kylee Pierce was the lone player to reach base for Creek with a walk in the 4th inning. Madisen Henry pitched the complete game for the Dragons with 7 strikeouts. The defense only committed one error, which was their season best.
Goodrich 12 Swartz Creek 2
The second game of the day didn't go well for Creek losing by the run rule in 5 innings. 3 errors and mental mistakes really kept them out of the game. For the Dragons Ella Sinclair had 2 hits. Allison Dusseau had 2 hits and scored. Madisen Henry had a hit and RBI. Kylee Pierce had a hit and scored. Natalie Oldrham and Madison Majestic had a hit apiece. Jessica Verran had a hit and pitched the complete game with a couple strikeouts.
Swartz Creek 8 Waterford Mott 5
This game was pretty one-sided until the last inning (6th) with Creek ahead 5-0. Mott came back and scored 5 runs in the top of the 6th to tie the game. After a couple singles and fielders choice, the big hit came with a base clearing triple on a misplayed ball to left field. And just like that it was tied. In the bottom of the 6th and final inning Ella Sinclair led off with a single, which was followed by Kylee Pierce reaching base on an error. Then, it was the Freshman Jessica Verran who crushed the ball over the center field fence for her first career varsity home run and walk off game winner.
Ella Sinclair had 3 hits and scored. Jess Verran had 2 hits including the Home Run, 3 RBIs and scored twice. Natalie Oldrham had 2 hits, an RBI and scored. Kylee Pierce had a hit and scored twice. Madison Majestic had a hit and scored. Sydney Scott had a hit with 2 RBIs. Allison Dusseau had a Double and RBI. Madisen Henry had a hit and scored. She also pitched the game with 7 strikeouts.
Although technically the Dragons had no errors in the game, they did have some misplayed balls and mental mistakes which led to runs. It is the first game that they were not charged an error. The 3 games were the best they've played defensively with player positioning becoming more solidified.
They will host the Linden Eagles Monday night at 4pm in a Metro League double-header.
Varsity Home vs Lake Orion
The Dragons actually played better than the scores suggests tonight at Swartz Creek. There were a lot of positives and improvements with coaches trying players in different positions etc. The Dragons also rested their senior captain pitcher Madisen Henry in the non-conference games to give freshmen Jessica Verran and Sydney Scott and sophomore Natalie Oldrham time on the mound. The team travels to Lake Orion Saturday to play Oxford, Waterford Mott and Goodrich in their first tournament of the season.
Lake Orion 14 Swartz Creek 4
Highlights from the game: Kylee Pierce had 3 hits including a solo Home Run and double with an RBI and scoring twice. Jessica Verran had 2 hits including a big 2-out 2-RBI double. Ella Sinclair had 2 hits and scored twice. Allison Dusseau had a hit. Freshman Olivia Hughes got her first official hit of her varsity career. Verran also pitched a solid complete game in which less than half the runs were earned.
Lake Orion 10 Swartz Creek 0
The Dragons only managed 4 walks in the games, but with only 1 strike out put the ball in play most every atbat....unfortunately right at the defenders. Sydney Scott started the game on the mound and pitched 2 innings. Natalie Oldrham finished the game for the