Wednesday’s roundup: Woods Tower wins MAC Gold opener
Hannah Chaffee went the distance as host Warren Woods Tower defeated Warren Mott, 6-4, in the first Macomb Area Conference Gold softball matchup of the season for both teams.
“She had good movement on her fastball,” Tower coach Lance Sell said. “She held (Mott) down most of the game. She pitched great.”
Woods Tower scored three runs in the second inning to take the lead and never looked back.
Samantha Morin drove in one of those runs and finished the game 3-for-4 with two singles and a double. Holly Cooper and Kylie Ray both went 2-for-4 for Tower (2-0, 1-0).
It’s always good to get that first conference win of the season, but Sell isn’t entirely satisfied with where his team is at.
“We need to make fundamental plays in the outfield and infield,” he said. “We need to improve on defense. Fundamentally, we need to do these things to be a better team.”
Tower will travel to Roseville on Thursday. Mott (0-1, 0-1) will travel to Port Huron Northern on Monday.
Clawson 15, Oak Park 0 (3 inn.): Maddie Sparks struck out seven and got the victory, and Katie Stephenson had two hits and an RBI for Clawson (2-3). Oak Park in 0-1.
Detroit Cass Tech 22, Chandler Park 6: Rosie Wise had two home runs, a triple and three RBIs, Brooke Thomas had a triple and three RBIs, and Brandi Whitted hit a home run for Cass Tech (2-0). On the mound, Thomas recorded six strikeouts.
Melvindale ABT 12, Detroit Cristo Rey 0: Rene Juarez threw a one-hitter with nine strikeouts and Zjai Smith went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs for ABT (2-4). Cristo Rey is 0-1.
Novi 12-12, South Lyon East 0-4: Alec Bageris gave up five hits and walked one while striking out three in his opening-game shutout (five innings), and Scott Beaton went 3-for-4 and Jac Colliau was 2-for-2 and drove in two runs. Mike Hrit (3-for-3), Spencer Vankirk (2-for-3, two RBIs), Nathan Lys (2-for-4) and Colliau (2-for-3) were the hitting leaders for Novi (7-2, 3-0 KLAA) in the nightcap, making a winner of Jack Reilly.
Marine City Anchor Bay 1, L’Anse Creuse North 0: Casey Couturier scored on a header with 25 minutes left in the second half for Anchor Bay (1-1-1), and goalie Amanda Emke made three saves for her second shutout. North is 2-1-1.
Grosse Pointe South 6, Ann Arbor Huron 2: Raven Neely defeated Huron’s Katie Sesi, 6-1, 6-0, and Laurel Sullivan defeated Laura Hanselman, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, for South (1-0). Huron is 1-1.
Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer; News staff contributed