Nicole Ireland had a Miguel Cabrera-type weekend in the Fair Haven Anchor Bay Invitational girls softball tournament belting four homers as the Wildcats made it all to the way to the finals Sunday before falling to Eisenhower, 9-6.
Thecenter fielder club a pair of solo shots, while Megan added a 2-run blast, but the Eagles overcame a 4-2 deficit with four runs in the fourth inning following by three in the top of the seventh thanks to a pair of homers.
“It’s s a 16-team tournament with a lot of good programs,” saidcoach Bruce , whose team finished 3-2 over the two-day invitational. “The kids fought hard and I can’t be more proud of the kids. For us to play consistent softball and battle the way we did, I just hope we can continue that.”
The Wildcats (11-8) reached championship game with an 8-7 five-inning (time limit) triumph over the host Tars as winning pitcher Ally Cummings help her own cause going 2-for-2, including a key 2-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning.when scored the game-winning run.
also went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the semifinal victory.
In pool play, downed Milford (6-5) and South Lyon (11-4) before falling toNorth (7-4).
Cummings, a sophomore, was the winning pitcher against Milford scattering seven hits. She also went 2-for-2 with two RBI, while Jennaand Ireland contributed two hits apiece.
Ireland went 4-for-4, including a pair of homers and five RBI in the victory over South Lyon. Ashleyalso went 3-for-3 to pace 13-hit attack while pitcher Madison , who scattered six hits over six innings, picked up the victory.
NOVI 12, FRANKLIN 11 (8 INNINGS): On Monday, the host Wildcats (11-5, 5-3 KLAA Central) rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and went on to beat Livonia Franklin (3-3 KLAA South).
After Nicole Ireland cleared the bases with a 3-run double, Jenna2-out RBI double forced extra innings.
Ashleyand Hope each collected three three hits for , while Brook collected four hits and three RBI for the Patriots, who scored nine times in the fifth inning.
Winning pitcher Madisonscattered eight hits and struck out six for her fifth victory of the season.
FRANKLIN ROAD 6, BISHOP FOLEY 4: Junior Hannah Rayburn went 3-for-3 with two RBI, while sophomore Daniellewas also 3-for-3 with two runs scored as Franklin Road Christian (2-1) earned the non-league win Monday over visiting Madison Heights Bishop Foley.
Also chipping in offensively for the victorious Warriors were senior Katie(2-for-2, two RBI) and junior Alex (2-for-3, RBI).
Meanwhile, pitcher Kaylathrew seven strong innings to earn the victory.
“She fielded her position excellently,” Franklin Road coach Kimsaid of the freshman.
CANTON 9, NORTHVILLE 7: Sarahhad a day to remember at the plate blasting back-to-back homers in her first two at-bats, including a grand slam in the second inning, but it wasn’t enough as the Mustangs (6-5, 2-4) fell April 23 to host Canton (5-2 KLAA South) in a Conference crossover.
carried a 7-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth only to have Canton rally for six unanswered runs on six hits, a pair of walks and a untimely and costly error.
, the freshman pitcher, battled on the mound, but suffered the loss. She had five of seven RBI, while Megan and Emma each contributed two hits. Sara Moos and Alexis added one hit apiece.
OAKLAND CHRISTIAN 17, FRANKLIN ROAD 5: On April 21, hostFranklin Road Christian slipped to 1-1 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference’s Red Division with a 17-5 setback to Auburn Hills Oakland Christian.
The Warriors struggled defensively and failed to take advantage of a pair of bases-loaded situations with one out.
Oakland Christian improved to 2-0 in the MIAC Red.