State-ranked Clarkston showed why it deserves to be the No. 5 softball team in the Division 1 coaches poll when it swept a doubleheader Thursday from host North Farmington, 9-1 and 16-1 in five innings.
The Wolves, who lead the OAA Red Division with a 10-0 record, had 11 hits and three walks in the first game. North pitcher Alexa Cherney struck out nine.
The Raiders mustered only two hits. Both were doubles by Elizabeth Sullivan and Cherney. Sullivan scored the team’s lone run on a Sarah Lynch groundout.
North, which slipped to 2-8 in the division and 9-15 overall, also struck out nine times and committed four errors.
Sam Cherney started the second game for the Raiders and pitched two innings. Lynch allowed five runs over the final three.
North didn’t have a hit in the second game, but it did have four walks. The Raiders made five errors and Clarkston, which played many of its reserve players, three.
Falcons win finale
Farmington won its final game of the North Farmington Invitational May 9, defeating Walled Lake Western in a time-limited, five-inning game, 7-4.
Robyn Banks scattered eight hits, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.
Haylee Butka was 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBI. Alli Gambill and Danielle Petras contributed RBI singles, and Caira Trapp added an RBI with a fielder’s choice.
The Falcons lost their first game to West Bloomfield, 1-0. Banks pitched a one-hitter and struck out seven.
Farmington failed to capitalize on its five hits. Claire Knie was 2-for-2; Petras, Emily Moilanen and Lauren Johnson added one single each.
Waterford Kettering got a no-hitter from its pitcher in the next game to beat the Falcons, 4-0. Maria Vainer allowed nine hits and didn’t walk anybody for Farmington.
The Falcons had a rough week, losing an OAA White Division doubleheader Tuesday to visiting Rochester Stoney Creek, 12-2 and 5-3, and dropping a nonleague set of games Thursday to Salem, 10-0 and 16-3.
Farmington had three hits in the first Stoney Creek game. Gambill hit a run-scoring double; Banks had an RBI single.
The Falcons collected 10 hits in the nightcap. Moilanen and Johnson were 2-for-4, and Petras hit an RBI single.
“We’re definitely struggling offensively,” coach Stefanie Volpe said. “We’re getting hits; however, we’re not stringing them together to give us the ability to score runs.
“Both pitchers are out there battling. They must hit their locations, and the defense must play behind them. When you play against teams with strong and disciplined hitters, you can’t put the ball over the center of the plate and be successful.”
Trojans split pair
After winning a 22-14 slugfest Wednesday over Thurston, Clarenceville’s record slipped to 3-9 overall Thursday following a 15-10 loss to host Redford Union.
The Trojans rallied in the fifth inning to get within 11-9, but the Panthers scored four in the bottom of the sixth to clinch the win Thursday.
Emily Schwartz (3-8) went the distance in the circle, allowing seven earned runs on 13 hits, striking out eight and walking one. The defense made six errors.
Schwartz was on base four times and scored two runs. She walked twice and was hit by a pitch twice. Mia Sampson had two hits and also scored two runs.
Kylee Hammond reached five times with two singles, a walk and two hit-by-pitches; she scored one run.
The Trojans broke a four-game losing streak Wednesday. Schwartz allowed nine hits, walked four and struck out eight. She managed to overcome eight errors by the defense.
Sampson was 4-for-5 with a triple and scored four runs. Claudia Moore reached base four times with a single and three walks and scored five runs.