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SOFTBALL: Strong defense gives Allen Park edge

Megan Labut and the Allen Park Jaguars were too much for the Truman Cougars Wednesday night. The Jags defeated Truman 2-1 at home.

The rain stayed away long enough for the Allen Park and Taylor Truman softball teams to sneak a game in on Wednesday afternoon.

The Jags came out on top in a 2-1 victory in Allen Park.

Truman’s Mikayla Smith got the Cougar offense started with a hit directly to Allen Park’s Hayley Bartholomew. Bartholomew missed the catch, and Truman was on base.

Allen Park’s Miranda Herbert gave up a few more pitches on the mound, but the Jaguar defense made the plays to quickly end the inning.

The Jags got their scoring started in the bottom of the first when Kailee Littleton advanced to second and then scored on a Truman error.

But the Cougars showed they were not going to give up easily and ended the inning on a double play.

Freshmen Tiara Henderson was on the mound for the Cougars; her first time pitching for Truman.

Play continued with strong defensive efforts from the Jags. The Cougars were finally able to get on the scoreboard in the fifth inning when Jalen Bodrie crossed the plate.

A second runner headed home, but was stopped by Allen Park catcher Myklan Kish who swiped her out.

Despite the rain heading in during the end of the game, Allen Park’s defense continued to play competitively holding Truman.

Allen Park’s Kendall Wolf ran in for the power hit to center by Lauren Shufeldt.

The infield also worked hard at wrapping up the sixth when Alexa Bailey hit a straight shot to second baseman Hailey Lazarek, leaving only one out remaining.

Rounding up the inning for Allen Park was Alyssa Smith who caught a fly ball by Tiara Henderson.

The Jags capped their scoring in the bottom of the sixth with the winning run.

Kendall Wolf started the inning, hitting a shot just over Truman’s Willow Daoust at first base.

Herbert then bunted, allowing Wolf to advance and Megan Lebut’s hit to left brought Wolf to third.

When Kaylee Knerr followed suit with a hit to left, Wolf brought in Allen Park’s second run.

The Jags were left in scoring position, but Truman responded with three quick outs to end the inning.

The Cougars headed into their last at bat, down by one, and as the rain and thunder rolled in, so did the strikes and strong defensive efforts from Allen Park and the Jags got their win.

Despite the loss, Truman Coach Jeana Turcheck was pleased with her team’s efforts.

“All around, we hit very well today,” she said. “We came out fighting, both in our offense and backing up our pitcher in the field.

“We haven’t been outside fielding as much as we’d like because of the weather, but we definitely held out own against Allen Park today.”

Turcheck and her Cougars are looking forward to their next match against Roosevelt on Friday. The Jags play Friday as well, against Garden City.











Last Updated: 4/17/2013 11:11:02 PM EST

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