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Detroit East English handled visiting Detroit Henry Ford in an early-season softball clash in four innings Thursday evening, 17-2.

The mercy rule was exercised as East English extended the lead to 15 runs after four innings.

Krishay Avant led East English to victory by allowing just two runs and striking out seven over four innings.

“She was great,” East English assistant Ivan King said. “She’s actually the backup pitcher, but she was consistent today.”

Getting off to a strong start was important for East English after it finished third in the city last season. Despite the blowout win, Kind believes the team hasn’t even reached its potential yet.

“We’re happy with the score outcome but it felt like we underperformed a bit,” Kind said. “Getting our freshmen more acclimated with the game (is important). We also need to make sure we keep the upperclassmen focused.”

King, who came over from Detroit Denby this season, has high hopes for city title contention, and says East English could surprise some teams.

Abrina Favors and Angel Jones each hit a home run for East English (2-0).

East English will travel to Roseville on Monday.

Baseball

Birmingham Groves 6, Royal Oak 3: Noah Zacharias took a no-hitter into the sixth, but allowed three runs, recording the win and Tyler Newitt got the save Groves (4-0). Michael Pastoria was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, John Kowalchuk went 2-for-4 with two runs and Zavier Warren hit an RBI triple. Jamie Bartelotti was 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI and Sam Perkey was 1-for-2 with a walk for Royal Oak.

Detroit Country Day 5, Rochester Adams 1: Andrew Tom pitched six innings, allowing no runs and striking out two to get the win for Country Day (7-1). Steve Mann was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and Nick Neibauer was 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.

Taylor Trillium 4, Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 1: Ben Wilde pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing two hits and a run while striking out 12 to record the win for Trillium (8-0). Connor Slaven had two RBIs and Jacob Toro had two hits with an RBI. Inter-City is 0-1.

Softball

Macomb Dakota 9, Troy Athens 0: Kendahl Dunford pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out 18 batters for Dakota (2-0). Julia Sayles was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs and Kattie Popko went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Warren Woods Tower 12, New Haven 8: Alana Holloway and LeeAnn Wilson were both 2-for-4 with two RBIs, Gabby McElrath had three RBIs and Hannah Chaffee pitched six innings, striking out four and recording the win for Tower (2-3). Samantha Morin made three circus catches in center field.

Thursday’s other scores

Baseball

Detroit Western International 1, Dearborn 0 (11 inn.)

Saline 6-2, Farmington 0-1

Girls soccer

Rochester Adams 1, Bloomfield Hills 0

Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 2, Davison 0

Softball

Hartland 12, Walled Lake Central 8

Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer.

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