2016-06-02 / Sports

Hot Dragons roll in softball district

By Dan Nilsen
810-452-2648 • dnilsen@mihomepaper.com


Swartz Creek’s Ella Sinclair drives a double into the outfield for one of her four hits in Tuesday’s pre-district softball win over Carman-Ainsworth at Flushing. 
Photo by Dan Nilsen Swartz Creek’s Ella Sinclair drives a double into the outfield for one of her four hits in Tuesday’s pre-district softball win over Carman-Ainsworth at Flushing. Photo by Dan Nilsen FLUSHING – Ella Sinclair went 4-for-4 with a double and two RBI and the red-hot Swartz Creek Dragons routed Carman- Ainsworth 10-0 in a Division 1 softball pre-district game Tuesday at Flushing.

Madisen Henry pitched a five-inning one-hitter with nine strikeouts as the Dragons won for the 14th time in 16 games and rolled into Saturday’s semifinals. Creek (19-20) will play Kearsley at 11:30 a.m., after host Flushing (4-25) meets Saginaw Heritage at 10. The district final is at 1 p.m.

A Dragons team with five freshmen and three sophomores on the roster was 5-18 as of May 7 but has gone 14-2 since then.

“Starting five freshman makes it pretty difficult, but we’ve got them where we want them,” said Creek coach Rick Clolinger. “We told them if they get better every day, then at the end of the season we could make some noise in the districts.

“The last 15-16 games they’ve played pretty well. Of course, Madisen Henry has pitched really well, breaking all kinds of records. We’ve got a great opportunity. It’s just a matter if we can step up and seize the moment.”

Henry allowed a single to the second batter of the game but shut down the Cavs from then on, walking nobody. The nine strikeouts extended her school record to 280 for the season.

The offense backed her with runs in every inning, taking a 4-0 lead in the second and tacking on two more runs each inning until ending the game in the bottom of the fifth. Madison Majestic was 2-for-2 with an RBI and three runs scored, and Sam Lyons drove in three runs and scored twice without getting a hit.

Saturday’s district champion will play in a regional semifinal at noon June 11 at Saginaw Valley State University against the winner of the Traverse City Central district.

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