Monday’s roundup: Clawson softball buoyed by victory

Al Willman
The Detroit News

To say that Clawson’s softball team has struggled the last two years might be understating things a little.

To first-year co-coach Kelly Horne, that makes Monday’s 21-15 win over Warren Fitzgerald that much bigger.

“We’re a very young team” she said. “We have no seniors. We’ve won two games (total) in each of the last two years, so to have a chance to win 10 games is a big boost for Clawson softball.”

Maddie Sparks rode out the storm for Clawson (6-12). She pitched a complete game, allowing 15 runs on 13 hits, while striking out six and walking four.

“She overcame a lot,” Horne said of the junior. “She threw a lot of pitches. Those six strikeouts were huge. She’s not a power pitcher.”

Horne said the key for the team was getting behind Sparks, who has improved on getting batters out and reducing her walks.

“That’s one thing she couldn’t do as a sophomore,” Horne said. “Any time she can have less than five walks is key.”

Kayla Gregory and Aly Orville paced the offense for Clawson. Both were 3-for-5.

“She’s a slapper and a bunter, and the fastest kid on our team,” Horne said of Gregory. “She was on base five times. She really was a catalyst for our offense tonight. She had a breakout game today.”

One of Gregory’s hits — a slap — went over the head of a Fitzgerald fielder who was in position to defend against such a hit.

“She just put the ball where they weren’t,” Horne said.

Allison May added a pair of hits and knocked in four runs.

Clawson scored in all seven innings and Fitzgerald had an answer almost every time. Fitzgerald was held scoreless in the fifth and sixth innings.

“It was literally back and forth,” Horne said. “Both teams hit the ball real well.”

Clawson hosts Warren Lincoln on Wednesday.

More softball

Detroit Renaissance 13, Detroit East English 1 (5 inn.): Nijah Slaughter allowed an unearned run on two hits while striking out seven and walking one for Renaissance (17-3). Zahji Billingsley was 2-for-3 with a home run, and Destiny O’Neill was 1-for-4 with two walks and two runs scored.

Baseball

Grosse Pointe South 3, Macomb Dakota 2 (8 inn.): Douglas Graham went three scoreless innings in relief with four strikeouts to pick up the win for South (12-10, 5-5 MAC Red). Jack Maher was 2-for-4 and Alex Parthum hit the game-winning sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth.

Girls soccer

Utica Eisenhower 2, New Baltimore Anchor Bay 1: Shannon Casey and Brianna Mozariwskyj scored for Eisenhower (12-0). Alex Antoszewski scored for Anchor Bay (7-3-4).

Al Willman is a freelance writer