Clawson got out to a big lead over visiting Warren Lincoln and went on to a 15-9 victory in Macomb Area Conference softball on Wednesday evening.
It’s been a long couple of years for Clawson softball (7-12, 4-8 MAC Silver), but the young team has now equaled its win total from all of last season with two straight victories this week.
“We’re really young,” Clawson coach Jim Sparks said. “We need to work on getting these girls more practical experience in stressful situations.”
Maddie Sparks didn’t have to worry about stressful situations for Clawson as she worked with a 6-2 lead in the second inning and never trailed from that point on. She went the distance, striking out two and walking two.
“This was probably her best performance overall,” the coach said of Maddie’s complete game.
The offense stepped up when it needed to, scoring two in the bottom of the first to tie the game, four in the second and six in the third.
Kayla Gregory was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. She started the game with three singles.
“Her first three times up, she had singles,” he said. “I told her, ‘Good job, Kayla. You’re 3-for-3,’ and I think that may have jinxed her. She grounded out in her next two at-bats.”
First baseman Marie Smith was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, but Sparks said her best performance came on defense, saving “five or six” runs with picks in the dirt and stretches on poor throws to first.
Clawson will travel to Clinton Township Clintondale on Friday.
Detroit Renaissance 10, Detroit Western 6: Nijah Slaughter struck out six over seven innings and also went 2-for-3 at the plate for Renaissance (21-3) as it captured the Public School League title. Zhaji Billingslea had a three-run home run and Jazzmaine Hammond hit a three-run triple.
Detroit Country Day 10, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 0 (6 inn.): Jeremiah Taylor was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, Will Krushena was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, John Malcom went 2-for-3 with a triple and Devin Beach was 2-for-3 for Country Day (17-4).
Farmington 12-8, West Bloomfield 3-4: In Game 1, Dan Carty was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Jack Politowicz went 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs for Farmington (21-5, 10-2 OAA White). In Game 2, Matt Lane was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Lance Lovett went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and an RBI and Jordan Hoke was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for Farmington.
Grosse Pointe North 15, Warren Mott 1: Tristin Richardson pitched a two-hitter with five strikeouts and hit a two-run double for North (16-5, 8-3 MAC White). Pete Ciaravino had two doubles and two RBIs and Steve Kent had a two-run double. Mott is 3-15, 1-10.
North Farmington 7, Birmingham Groves 6: Jimmy Doig was the winning pitcher and Josh Goldberg was 2-for-4 for North Farmington (13-3, 6-2 OAA White). Max Whalen took the loss in two innings of relief with no earned runs, Connor Bradbury was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Xavier Warren had a double, two RBIs, a run scored and a walk for Groves (17-6, 6-3).
Novi 4-4, South Lyon 0-1: In Game 1, Jac Colliau pitched a no-hitter, striking out two and walking two, and Nate Lys was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Novi (17-10, 10-5 KLAA Central). In Game 2, Alec Bageris pitched six innings, allowing five hits and an unearned run, Noah Matthews was 2-for-2 with an RBI and Scott Beaton got the save for Novi.
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 5, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 1: Rachel Russo and Casey Couturier each had two goals for Anchor Bay (8-3-4). Lakeview is 5-7-1.
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Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer; News staff contributed