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  • Sierra Gonzales, Lake Orion, delivers a pitch during varsity softball action against Clarkston at Lake Orion High School Thursday, May 15, 2014. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)
  • Rachel Vieira, Clarkston, attempts to run down a ground ball during varsity softball action at Lake Orion High School Thursday, May 15, 2014. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)
  • Megan Hall, Lake Orion, makes a play from her first base position during varsity softball action against Clarkston at Lake Orion High School Thursday, May 15, 2014. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)
  • Rachel Alli, Clarkston, zeros in on a pitch during varsity softball action at Lake Orion High School Thursday, May 15, 2014. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)3
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LAKE ORION – If the Clarkston and Lake Orion softball teams do indeed meet in the district round of the state tournament in just over two weeks, the teams gave a nice preview of how much offense that game could feature on Thursday.

Playing a league doubleheader within the Oakland Activities Association Red Division that was rescheduled from last Wednesday, the Dragons and Wolves somehow managed to swing hot bats, even even if the impact had to really hurt their hands given the cold and wet weather.

Lake Orion did the most scoring in the first game, prevailing 7-4, before Clarkston held off a late Lake Orion rally to win the nightcap, 8-6.

The teams will now finish out league play and see if they meet again in the state tournament. If Lake Orion beats Waterford Kettering in a pre-district on May 27, it would meet Clarkston again in a district semifinal on May 31.

“Two different games,” Lake Orion head coach Joe Woityra said. “We played great the first game and then we showed a little bit of our youth at a couple of positions. The girls are over there shivering and I was like ‘(Clarkston isn’t) shivering, let’s go.’ But the positive thing is we battle back.”

The second game was actually Lake Orion’s first league loss since 2012, but the Dragons didn’t go down without a fight despite what seemed like an insurmountable deficit.

Clarkston jumped out to an 8-2 lead going into the top of the seventh thanks to RBI singles by Abby Skvarce, Mikayla Blaska, Candace Kitchen, and Maddy Scarsella, and a 2-run home run by junior Rachel Vieira, but back came the Dragons.

Lake Orion (18-4, 5-1) scored four runs in the top of the seventh, the big blow being a 2-run single by Rachel Dolland, to cut the lead to 8-6 and had runners on first and third with two outs.

But Clarkston starter Madeline Maday, who made a living all game getting groundouts, ironically ended the game by inducing a flyout to help Clarkston (15-5, 3-2) salvage a split.

“It’s never easy against Lake Orion,” Clarkston head coach Don Peters said. “This is how we play each other, just to the end. Two good teams and we just go at it.”

Senior Kayla Knoblock had three hits and an RBI and Dolland had three RBI to lead the attack for the Dragons in the second game.

In the first game, Lake Orion took a 6-0 lead after a 5-run second inning and never looked back to ensure it would at least leave the doubleheader in first place, no matter what happened in the second game.

Carly McGee had two hits and Bethany Kogut had two hits and two runs scored to lead the way for Lake Orion.

Vieira had two hits and an RBI to continue her season of hot hitting for the Wolves.

Before the state tournament starts on May 27, both teams will have to cram lots of makeup games in a short amount of time, several of which will be league doubleheaders.

Lake Orion will get right back at it on Friday when it hosts North Farmington in a makeup league doubleheader.

Last Updated: 5/15/2014 10:48:37 PM EST

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