Freshman Olivia Patton plated the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning and junior Sarah Fringer ended it with a bases-loaded walk as Macomb Dakota rallied to win in walk-off fashion over visiting Romeo, 8-7, Tuesday in a Macomb Area Conference Red Division softball game.
Trailing 7-6 heading into its final at-bats, Claire Hamlin started Dakota's comeback with a double and moved to third on Kelsey Ramus' infield single. Patton followed with an RBI single to right field to knot it at 7 and Corbin Hison reached on a single to left field to load the bases, setting up Fringer's walk to bring in the winning run.
"We had a couple errors that led to some runs, but we've been playing good defensively," Dakota coach Rick Fontaine said. "Romeo has some great hitters and they got some timely hits, but it was great the way we responded. We were up the whole game but just had that one bad inning."
Dakota led throughout most of the contest and held a 6-3 advantage until Romeo roughed up starting pitcher Kendahl Dunford in the sixth, scoring four runs to claim a 7-6 lead.
Yet after Dakota failed to respond in the bottom half of the inning, Dunford bounced back to halt Romeo's momentum in the seventh and keep it a one-run game.
"Kendahl had a tough first inning but battled back and had a great next 4-5 innings," Fontaine said. "Give her credit for coming back in the seventh because some people would fold. She came back and gave us the ability to come back."
Dunford went the distance and racked up eight strikeouts to earn the win. Hison finished 3-for-4 and Hamlin went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to lead Dakota (7-2, 2-0).
Erin Barg went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for Romeo (4-2, 1-1).
Detroit Cass Tech 27, Harper Woods Chandler Park 3 (3 inn.): Brooke Thomas had a home run and two singles and Brianna DeMyers struck out six for Cass Tech (5-2).
Detroit Renaissance 15, Grosse Ile 0 (3 inn.): Zahji Billingslea went 3-for-3 with a triple, a double and a single, Breanna Lawrence went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, and Chloe Ostoloza pitched a no-hitter for Renaissance (8-2).
Troy 6-14, Rochester 0-3: In Game 1, Carlie Sebastian struck out 11, gave up four hits and walked one, Julia Calnen went 2-for-3 two RBIs and Heather Jeffrey went 2-for-3 with an RBI. In Game 2, Sebastian allowed three hits and one earned run with four strikeouts and went 2-for-3 with four RBIs, Ashley Messina went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Maggie Bohr went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Troy (2-3). Rose Meyers went 3-for-6 on the day for Rochester.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 6-3, Macomb Lutheran North 5-1: In Game 1, Cameron Maxwell struck out eight and gave up eight hits and three earned runs over seven innings, and Jared Scherrer went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. In Game 2, Max Musyj allowed six hits and one earned run with eight strikeouts in six innings, and Josh Yellen went 2-for-4 for Cranbrook (7-7, 3-5 Catholic AA).
Detroit Henry Ford 10, Detroit Cody 4: Jaleel Brady struck out seven in three-plus innings and Darryl Champion went 3-for-3 with six RBIs for Henry Ford (3-0, 3-0 PSL). Cody is 0-3, 0-3.
Detroit Osborn 15, Detroit Denby 1 (2 inn.): Juan Thomas pitched a one-hitter with four strikeouts and went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and three RBIs, Knole Stevens went 2-for-2 with a single, a double and three RBIs, and Greg Thomas had a double, two stolen bases and two RBIs for Osborn (2-1, 2-1 PSL).
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 16-17, Ann Arbor Greenhills 1-0 (4 inn./3 inn.): In Game 1, Teddy Wujek went 3-for-3 with a triple and five RBIs and Jackson Walkowiak went 2-for-3 with four RBIs. In Game 2, Wujek went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a triple and three RBIs, and Matt Gushee went 3-for-3 with a three-run home run and five RBIs for Liggett (7-2, 2-0 MIAC Blue). Greenhills is 0-4 in league play.
Sterling Heights Stevenson 12, Utica Eisenhower 0 (5 inn.): Brandon Williams threw a complete-game shutout and hit a solo home run, Riley McCauley went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer, a double and three RBIs, and Joe Russo hit a two-run double for Stevenson (8-0, 4-0 MAC Red). Eisenhower is 3-8, 0-4.
Lake Orion 1, Berkley 0: Arleigh Zimmerman scored off of Nikki Liogas' assist and Emily Gregory made three saves to record the shutout for Lake Orion (4-2-3, 2-2-2 OAA White). Sarah Vertel had seven saves for Berkley (2-5, 1-5).
James Hawkins is a freelance writer.