One year after moving up to the Macomb Area Conference Blue Division, the Grosse Pointe South softball team clinched the league title outright with a 6-0 win Tuesday over visiting Fraser.
South built a 3-0 lead over the first three innings on Emma St. John's RBI double in the first, Emily Piccione's RBI single in the second and Grace Foster's RBI double in the third.
Katie Kish drove in two more runs with a double in the fourth and Eliza Bourke added an RBI double in the sixth.
"It's a tough division," said South coach Bill Fleming, whose team won the MAC Gold last year. "(Harrison Township) L'Anse Creuse was the two-time defending league champ. These are good teams and we knew it would be a battle.
"We won two games in bottom of seventh. We keep playing when we're behind and we've been fortunate to get hits at the right time. Winning the title outright was certainly not expected, but the girls worked hard knowing they'd have to pick up their play moving up a division."
Kish finished with three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs for South (26-3, 11-0), which wraps up league play Wednesday at Marine City.
Andie Anger knocked two doubles and made a run-saving catch in right field in the sixth to preserve the shutout for St. John, who gave up two hits and struck out 10 in seven innings to earn the win.
Fraser falls to 16-14, 6-5.
Macomb Dakota 12, Utica Eisenhower 2 (6 inn.): Kendahl Dunford struck out three as the winning pitcher, Kelcie LaTour went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBIs, and Corbin Hison went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs to lead Dakota (25-6, 9-1 MAC Red) to its first division title since 2008. Kayla Laquiere hit a two-run homer for Eisenhower (12-10, 1-9).
Novi Franklin Road Christian 15, Ann Arbor Greenhills 0 (4 inn.): Kayla Nannoshi gave up two hits and had five strikeouts in four innings, Alex Swaffield went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Hannah Rayburn went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Franklin Road (8-6, 6-4 MIAC Red).
Detroit Country Day 15-11, Ferndale 0-1 (4-5 inn.): In Game 1, Marques Irving went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Thomas Gay went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Nick Weinerth went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. In Game 2, Irving went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Will Krushena went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Country Day (13-12).
Detroit King 5, Harper Woods 1: Kavon Moore went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Johnathan Darby had a hit and two RBIs, and Anthony Ball threw a complete-game three-hitter with 11 strikeouts for King (12-10). AJ Wilson went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Harper Woods.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 12, Novi Franklin Road Christian 1 (5 inn.): Sean Fannon pitched a complete game, allowing three hits and striking out five, and went for 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBIs for Liggett (17-9, 7-1 MIAC Blue), which clinched the division title with the win. Matthew Gushee added two hits, including a three-run homer. Franklin Road is 4-4 in the MIAC.
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 9-0, Troy 1-2: In the opener, Luke Shilling surrendered one hit and six walks along with six strikeouts to pick up the win and improve to 7-1 on the year for Notre Dame (19-11-1). Kory Czajkowski pitched three innings in relief to earn the save and Matt Sollmer went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and two runs scored. In the nightcap, Joshua Corsillo threw a one-hitter with three strikeouts and three walks in a five-inning game that was called due to darkness for Troy (12-15).
Sterling Heights Stevenson 4, Dearborn Divine Child 0: Brandon Williams went the distance, giving up four hits and striking out eight for Stevenson (24-6), while Tristen Jorah had two hits and an RBI and Joe Russo had an RBI single. Divine Child is 22-12.
James Hawkins is a freelance writer.