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Miranda Macko and the Roosevelt Bears thought they would be celebrating a victory over DRL powerhouse Allen Park on Monday afternoon. But the visiting Jags had other plans and came up with three two-out runs in the top of the seventh for the victory.
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The visiting Jaguars (3-0, 3-0), however, had other ideas.
Instead of accepting defeat, Allen Park stunned the Bears (4-2, 3-1) with three two-out runs in the top of the seventh and ultimately hung on for a 4-3 win.
Tying the game for the Jags was Myklan Kish who stepped to the plate and blasted a two-run double, scoring Chelsea Warga and Kara Guobis, both of whom had pinch hit in the inning.
“I haven’t been hitting my best and I knew I had to do it for my team,” said Kish. “I came in and I was thinking to myself ‘it’s for the team; I’ve got to do it.’ I just saw the pitch and went with it and came through with a good hit.”
One batter later, Hailey Lazarek singled and Kish scored from second, giving the Jags their first lead of the afternoon.
Allen Park pitcher Kaylee Knerr, who went the distance on Monday, sent Wyandotte down in order in the bottom half of the inning to seal the Downriver League victory.
Jags’ Coach Patsy Curnell said the comeback was an example of her squad’s knack for getting on a roll-and making it count.
“That’s the kind of team we are, we get a thing going and we kind of keep it going,” Curnell said. “To see a team come back like that and work together as a team is great.”
Wyandotte struck quickly on Monday, grabbing a 1-0 first-inning advantage after leadoff batter Rhion Radinsk reached first base and then scored with the help of a wild pitch, stolen base and throwing error.
The Bears added a run in the second when Selene Pauley reached with a single and later came around to score.
Allen Park’s Alyssa Smith manufactured a run for her team in the top of the third, reaching base after a dropped third strike, taking second on a wild pitch, stealing third and scoring on a wild throw.
In the bottom of the inning, Wyandotte’s Rachel Zimmers tripled to deep left field, then later crossed the plate on an RBI-single from Sydni Pauley, giving the team a 3-1 lead.
Excellent Bears’ defense, along with solid pitching from Selene Pauley, limited the Jags to just four hits in the first six innings.
In centerfield, Alea Kainz made a diving catch in the first inning for the Bears. In the third she made a leaping grab and was able to throw it back in enough time to double off an Allen Park runner at second.
The infield, led by Amelia Czarnota at third base, made several big plays, stealing countless hits from the Jags throughout the game.
At the plate, however, Wyandotte Coach Jackie Jagiello said her team’s inability to keep delivering was detrimental.
“Defensively we’re a strong team, and we hit well, we just didn’t hit consistently,” Jagiello said. “(If) we hit a little better, lay off a couple of bad pitches, it might be a different story.”
Up next for Allen Park is a home game Wednesday against Gibraltar Carlson at 4 p.m. The Bears also see their next action Wednesday and will host Trenton at 4 p.m.
Last Updated: 4/24/2013 4:21:22 PM EST