Madison Heights Lamphere got a couple of clutch performances Monday night as it grinded out a 5-4 win over Warren Woods Tower in a Macomb Area Conference crossover softball game.
Julia Roell brought in the winning run with a single that capped a three-run sixth inning for Lamphere (3-0), and little-used relief pitcher Rachael Schorrn was able to shut the door on Tower in the final two frames.
Lamphere starting pitcher Leanna Radick, typically untouchable, started to struggle with her control in the fourth and fifth innings. She gave up four runs as Tower overcame a 2-0 deficit.
Radick’s struggles prompted coach Don Mullen to make the switch to an untested Schorrn.
“(Radick) is usually our horse,” Mullen said. “She had some pretty good stuff early on, but then she started to put people on base.”
Schorrn, a junior who was called up late last year and hasn’t gotten many reps at the varsity level, showed the composure of a veteran pitcher in a tough situation. After her team had fought back to take a 5-4 lead, Schorrn gave up a one-out triple to Tower’s Laura Wilson in the seventh. With the tying run in scoring position, Schorrn struck out the next two hitters to preserve the win.
“That was definitely a confidence builder for her,” Mullen said. “This was a big game for us, and she came through.”
Junior catcher Alexis Wark had a big day at the plate for Lamphere, going 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Roell went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Wilson finished with two hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Ally Smith had a double, triple, RBI and a run scored for Tower (4-1).
Birmingham Groves 3, Farmington 2: John Kowalchuk had a two-RBI, walk-off double, and Max Novick pitched 61/3 innings and struck out seven for Groves (5-0, 1-0 OAA White). Deven Mahanti had a two-run home run, and Elliot Edsall pitched 61/3 innings and struck out three for Farmington.
Dearborn Heights Robichaud 15, Detroit Consortium 0 (3 innings): Brandon Unger didn’t give up a hit and struck out eight, and Demarco Smith went 4-for-4 with five RBIs for Robichaud (1-1).
Grosse Pointe North 7, Warren Cousino 0: Tyler Hill pitched a complete game and struck out 12, Pete Viaravino went 3-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored, an RBI and two stolen bases, while Chad Lorkowski had three RBIs for North (6-2, 1-0 MAC White). Cousino is 7-2, 0-1.
Sterling Heights Stevenson 10, Anchor Bay 1: Garrett Navarra picked up the win with 10 strikeouts, Steve Tamburro had three hits, three runs scored and an RBI, and Todd Paperd had a double and two RBIs for Stevenson (8-1, 1-0 MAC Red). Anchor Bay is 1-4, 0-1.
Taylor Trillium 4, Bloomfield Hills Roeper 1: Nick Larson went 3-for-4, Jacob Toro had three RBIs, and Brandon Elders threw a complete game and struck out 14 for Trillium (9-0, 3-0 MMAC).
More baseball scores
Dearborn 15, Dearborn Fordson 0 (4 innings)
Ferndale 13, Hazel Park 6
Fraser 4, Madison Heights Lamphere 1
Hartland 9, Walled Lake Northern 4
Macomb Dakota 1, Grosse Pointe South 0
Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 0
New Haven 16, Clinton Township Clintondale 6
Plymouth 2, Novi 0
Rochester 7, Oxford 1
Rochester Adams 8, Stoney Creek 7
Temperance Bedford 9, Berkley 5
Utica Eisenhower 10, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 3
Utica Ford 4, L’Anse Creuse North 0
Warren Mott 2, Marysville 1
White Lake Lakeland 7, Pinckney 1
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Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 10, Romeo 8
Dearborn 16, Dearborn Fordson 1 (3 innings)
Howell 13, Walled Lake Western 3
Milford 4, Waterford Kettering 3 (8 innings)
North Farmington 10, Melvindale 4
Roseville 19, Detroit East English 10
Royal Oak 10, Center Line 9
Sterling Heights Stevenson 9, Fraser 0
Utica Eisenhower 10, Utica 5
Walled Lake Central 10, Brighton 8
Waterford Lakes 15, Plymouth Christian 4 (5 innings)
West Bloomfield 9-2, Bloomfield Hills 3-6
Clawson 0, Marine City 0
Center Line 3, St. Clair Shores South Lake 1
Dearborn 10, Livonia Clarenceville 0
Hazel Park 4, Farmington Hills Harrison 0
St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 1, Warren Mott 1
Troy Athens 2, Clarkston 1