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SOFTBALL: Jags come back against Trenton, hang on to first place in DRL (PHOTO AND VIDEO)
With a 5-2 victory against visiting Trenton on Monday, the Allen Park softball team remained undefeated in Downriver League play.
In Monday’s DRL battle, all of the game’s scoring was done in the sixth inning, as the Trojans (12-4, 6-3) got two runs in the top of the inning and the Jaguars (17-3, 10-0) answered with five in the bottom half.
The first five innings were a quick, 40-minute battle of pitching and defense between the two squads, as each team managed only one hit and combined for just four base runners.
The sixth inning looked to be more of the same, as Allen Park center fielder Kendall Wolf came up with a dazzling defensive play. With one out, Trenton’s Desiree Kuczynski drilled a fly ball to center. Wolf ran it down and made an impressive diving catch for the second out of the inning.
“I had confidence in doing it,” Wolf said of the grab. “I practice it all the time.”
For the Trojans, however, Karly Ford and Devon Trombley both reached base with two-out hits, and both moved up with aggressive base running.
Paige Machnacki then knocked in Ford with a ground ball on the infield for the game’s first run. During the same play, the throw to try and get Machnacki out at first was wild and allowed Trombley to come around and score, which gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Allen Park offense went to work.
The Jags loaded the bases with a one-out infield hit by Alyssa Smith, an opposite field single from Hailey Lazarek and a pop up off the bat of Amy Trionfi that landed behind second base.
Trenton coach John Biedenbach said one his fielders should have come up with Trionfi’s pop up and the fact it dropped helped to swing momentum in the favor of the Jags.
“It should have been caught,” Biedenbach said. “That would have been two outs. Now we change the complexion a little bit. One thing leads to another, it’s like dominos; keeps on going.”
With the bases loaded, Kendall Wolf stepped to the plate and singled and drove in Smith and Lazarek, which tied the game 2-2. Miranda Herbert followed with a single, which plated Trionfi and gaveAllen Park its first lead of the contest.
Megan Labut dropped a sacrifice bunt that allowed Wolf to come in and score and then a bad throw scored Herbert, which put the Jags up 5-2.
Allen Park pitcher Kaylee Knerr quickly retired the Trojans in the seventh to complete the 5-2 comeback win. For the game, Knerr finished with eight strikeouts, and allowed only one walk and four hits.
Beating a quality opponent like Trenton, in comeback fashion, is something the Jags can be proud of and can build upon this season, said Allen Park coach Patsy Curnell.
“It’s a good turning point I think,” Curnell said. “It was a great moment and a great team to do it to because they’re a very good team.”
The Jags return to league play with a double header against Woodhaven on Wednesday.
The Trojans host Kennedy in a double header the same day and travel to the Canton Classic over the weekend.
Center fielder Kendall Wolf came up with a dazzling defensive play to start the sixth inning but the Trojans managed two runs for the first lead of the game. But in the bottom of the inning, the Jags added five runs of their own for the win.
Last Updated: 5/6/2013 11:26:02 PM EST