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SOFTBALL: Melvindale dominates Crestwood in season opener

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Half of the Melvindale softball team is made up of underclassmen, but no one would have guessed after the Cardinals’ 10-0 six-inning mercy victory over Dearborn Heights Crestwood on March 27.

Freshmen pitchers Autumn Dobrick (five innings) and Vanessa Lang (one inning) each began their high school career on the mound and neither showed any first game nerves.

“Neither of our freshmen pitchers showed any first game jitters,” Coach Rey Linares said. “Both were focused, anxious to play and get on the field. That was a great confidence boost for both of them at the start of the season.”

The two set the tone for the game limiting the Crestwood batters to just one hit and two walks combined and also recorded eight strikeouts in 23 batters.

The defense took care of the rest as the Cards gunned one of the Chargers’ three base-runners on an attempted steal.

On the offensive side of things, Melvindale hit and stole its way to the 10-run victory.

The team posted a .526 on base percentage in the game.

One of the mottos of the team is “take what’s given, then take some more,” and Linares said his team missed a few of those opportunities, but will work to improve their play.

“I was pleased with our discipline at the plate with it being our first game,” Linares said. “But we did not properly execute on a couple key situational scenarios and we will definitely have to practice and work harder at making those plays count.”

Dobrick was not only strong on the mound, but also at the plate as well. The freshman finished the game three-for-three with two singles, a double, two RBI and with a pair of walks.

Senior captain Hannah Papp was also a key contributor to the offense, reaching base on each of her four at bats with two singles, an RBI and a stolen base.

The Cardinals take a week off for spring break and will resume play on April 10 against Taylor Truman.

Last Updated: 3/29/2013 12:45:34 PM EST