BY WENDI REARDON PRICE
Clarkston News Sports Writer
Lady Hitters put a stop to two neighboring foes last week as they won their double headers.
The Clarkston Varsity Softball team won their double header against Lake Orion 13-3 and 10-4 on April 25.
“Those were two big wins,” said Don Peters, head coach. “The girls played really well. Lake Orion was ranked in the top ten and the girls came out to play really hard.”
Lake Orion had the lead at the top of the second inning with two runs. The gap closed by one on a hit from Anna Skvarce at the bottom of the same inning.
Clarkston stopped the Lady Dragons first three batters from scoring to quickly return to the plate for their turn.
With one out and the bases loaded, Nyah Ansel tied the score off her hit and one RBI, 2-2. Kassidy Moonen was up next, hitting the ball to the left field for two RBIs. Abbey Barta hit deep into the right field for a double and one RBI followed by Skvarce hitting for the fence for a double and two RBIs.
Hannah Cady closed the inning with a triple and two RBIs for the Wolves 9-2 lead.
“It sparked a lot of enthusiasm and confidence in the rest of the double header,” said Peters.
The Lady Wolves followed with two homeruns, one from Ansel with two RBIs and one from Paige Blevins with one RBI. Cady closed the game in the sixth inning with a double and one RBI for 13-3.
For hitting, Cady went 5-for-7 with four RBIs, three doubles and one triple during the two games. Blevins hit 5-for-8 with seven RBIs, one triple and three homeruns. Ansel hit 3-for-4 finishing with three RBIs. Sierra Kersten had one RBI.
Abbey Tolmie pitched the first game for five innings and had one strikeout and three hits. Olivia Warrington threw for 4.2 innings and had ten strikeouts during the second game.
“After those big wins I told the girls we had to be business like,” said Peters. “Brandon is our neighbor. There’s always a nice little rivalry so to stay focused and get the job done – they did.”
The Lady Wolves won the double header 9-1 and 8-0.
For hitting, Blevins 5-for-7 with seven RBIs and three home runs; Cady went 3-for-7 with four RBIs; and Tolmie went 3-for-7 with two RBIs. Katelyn Garvin had two RBIs off one hit. Hannah Chadwell, Kersten, Warrington had one RBI each.
For pitching, Warrrington pitched five innings with seven strikeouts. Sarah Gladding pitched both games for a total of seven innings with ten strikeouts.
Clarkston went 2-1 at the Charger Classic on Saturday with a 12-0 win over Alpena, 10-0 win over Traverse City, and a 2-1 loss to Inland Lakes.
“The girls played great,” said Peters. “Everyone is contributing and we only gave up one earned run.”
The Lady Wolves head to Troy Athens on Thursday in an OAA Red league game.
“It would be nice to win a league championship with this young team,” said Peters. “Last year we ended one game out of first place. We are going to take those two league games very seriously.”
The battle will prepare them for the two-day Michigan Stars tournament the Lady Wolves are hosting at Creasey Bicentennial Park in Grand Blanc.
“It’s tough competition and we like it that way,” Peters said. “We like to play competition and see how we measure up, what we need to improve on, and it’s our fundraiser to buy the equipment we need so it’s doubley important to us.”
Clarkston opens Michigan Stars at field nine against Renaissance on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and plays in Pool E.
“It’s a lot of fun especially with this team. They love to play softball, they represent their school, the community, all of the parents and themselves very well,” said Peters.
For more information about the tournament and for the brackets, please visit mistarstourney.weebly.com.