South Lyon East softball lost a pair of games to Novi before earning a close win against Churchill.
The week started with an 8-7 loss to Novi.
Bailee Taylor started and went the first five innings, with Sydney Kist throwing the final two.
Makenzie Nieto had three hits with two doubles to lead the offense. Carly Petri had two hits and gave the Cougars the lead in the sixth before Novi came back in the seventh.
Also pounding out two hits were Kailey Doty, Jessica Lavoie, Morgan Bowen and Julia Vollmer.
Novi earned the sweep with an 11-5 victory in the nightcap.
Kist started, with Taylor and Morgan Bowen relieving.
Bowen led the offense with the only two-hit performance for the Cougars.
“We have lost two games in the seventh inning. We have not played great, but we were in position to win,” coach Paul Nieto said. “We need to get better closing games out. That comes with confidence and expecting the ball.
“Offensively, we were better then last week. Something we have started to focus on is having quality at-bats in key situations. We have a lot of strong bats, we just need to have more quality at-bats. Carly came through with a nice double in a key situation (in the first game).”
East 5, Churchill 3
The Cougars showed what Nieto was looking for from his squad.
“This was the first time this year we looked like East of old,” he said. “We did not make any errors. The pitching was solid, we made our plays and we hit all the way through our lineup.”
Taylor threw the first four innings, with Kist closing out the final three. They combined to allow just seven hits.
Makenzie Nieto went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer, a double and a single. Taylor also added a home run and a single.