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Cougars pound out 13 hits

Dakota played like a team that hadn’t played in nearly a week.

That lasted all of two innings.

The Cougars, who last played a week ago Tuesday, pounded out 13 hits and scored eight runs over the final three innings to top Anchor Bay, 10-0, in a five-inning MAC Red Division softball game Monday.

“When you haven’t played in six days and when you haven’t been outside due to the weather it’s tough to get going,” Dakota coach Rick Fontaine said. “When you’re playing every day you’re just kind of loose and you just play. It didn’t seem like we had the right feel to start, but it was nice once we started swinging the bat it just came back. Once we started hitting the ball it was like we were into the game.”

Olivia Patton (two runs, two doubles, RBI) and Kattie Popko (two RBI) had three hits each, while Corbin Hison (two runs, two doubles) and Jackie Popko (double, run, RBI) finished with two hits apiece.Julia Salisbury (two runs) added a two-run homer in the third to give the Cougars (5-0, 14-1) a 5-0 lead after three innings.

“Everybody is gunning for us so it was nice to come out and hit the ball,” said Fontaine, whose team is ranked No. 1 in Division 1 by the Michigan High School Coaches’ Association. “We got ourselves in a few jams, but our defense got us out of them.”

The Tars (2-3, 14-7) put runners on second and third with one out in the third and again with two outs in the fourth and failed to score.

“We made some plays defensively,” said Fontaine, whose team is scheduled to play six games this week. “There have been games this year where Kendahl (Dunford) has been dominant and we haven’t had to make those types of plays. It was nice to see our defense step up and make a lot of good plays.”

Dunford gave up six hits, walked two and struck out four for the win.

“We didn’t hit with runners on base,” Tars coach Len Perkins said. “You have to score when you get the chance.”

Aleah Marra had three hits for Anchor Bay, one of which was a double.

Last Updated: 5/8/2017 8:21:12 PM EST