Falling behind four runs early, Warren Woods-Tower needed freshman starting pitcher Kylie Ray to shut the door.
She did just that after the second inning, blanking visiting Center Line the rest of the game to earn a 5-4 victory in a Macomb Area Conference Gold Division softball game Tuesday.
“She did a great job,” Tower coach Lance Sell said of Ray’s performance. “Kylie is a great player, very athletic and she knows the game really well as a freshman.”
Sell wasn’t just impressed with his freshman pitcher who overcame a 4-0 defecit to strike out seven and get the win, but also fellow first-year player Samantha Morin.
Morin hit a game-tying solo home run in the fourth inning after Tower put up three runs in the third.
“(The home run) was big because it tied the game up,” Sell said. “I just wanted her to get on base, but she knocked it over the center field wall.”
Morin finished 2-for-3, while Madison Glass went 2-for-3 with a double and Courtney Zebrowski had a triple for Tower (15-10, 7-3).
“We just need to come together as a team,” Sell said about potential improvements. “We need to understand each other’s roles.”
Tower will host Fraser on Wednesday and Center Line will host Warren Mott on Thursday.
Troy Athens 11, Birmingham Groves 1: Lanie Ellinger pitched a complete game, allowing three hits and striking out 11 and also hit a double and home run for Athens (13-11-1). Megan Larose added two hits and two RBIs and Rachel Van Proeyen had two singles, a home run and two runs scored.
Detroit Country Day 6, Detroit Catholic Central 2: John Malcom went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer, while Jeremiah Tyler struck out four in six innings for Country Day (20-5). Catholic Central is 14-14.
Farmington 10-9, Farmington Hills Harrison 1-2: In Game 1, Stephen Satterfield allowed four hits and one run and struck out three in a complete-game effort and Lance Lovett had a double, two walks and two runs score for Farmington (23-7, 12-2 OAA White). In Game 2, Collin Finn and Elliott Edsall combined for the win, striking out seven and allowing five hits, while Jordan Hoke went 3-for-4 and Matt Lane went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Farmington.
Melvindale ABT 16, Dearborn Fordson 3: Thomas Chandler pitched a complete game, striking out seven and allowing no earned runs, Cameron Pope went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and Damone Tesley went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for ABT (20-4). Fordson is 3-8.
Bloomfield Hills 7, Novi Franklin Road Christian 0
Southfield-Lathrup 2, Royal Oak 1
Troy 7, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 6
West Bloomfield 6, North Farmington 1
Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 17, Royal Oak Shrine 2
Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 4, Southfield Christian 3
Bloomfield Hills 21-20, Southfield-Lathrup 2-0
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 14, Clawson 4 (5 inn.)
Oxford 6-4, Auburn Hills Avondale 3-1
Birmingham Groves 3, Hazel Park 1
Birmingham Seaholm 2, Farmington Hills Harrison 0
Grosse Ile 3, New Boston Huron 0
Ortonville Brandon 3, Macomb Lutheran North 1
Rochester Adams 3, Royal Oak 0
Royal Oak Shrine 4, Riverview Gabriel Richard 0
Southfield Christian 5, Birmingham Roeper 0
Walled Lake Central 1, Walled Lake Northern 0
Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer; News staff contribued.