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SOFTBALL: Bears sweep young Cardinals

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The Wyandotte Roosevelt softball team welcomed Melvindale on Wednesday and swept both games of a doubleheader against the young Cardinals.

The Bears had an eight-run lead in the opener, but had to fight off a Melvindale comeback attempt before claiming a 9-5 victory. In the nightcap, a six-run first inning helped pace what was an 8-3 win for the Bears.

Melvindale freshman pitcher Autumn Dobrick was in the circle for both games on Wednesday. Overall, Cardinals’ coach Rey Linares used six ninth graders in the two contests.

“They’re learning, they’re taking their lumps now,” said Linares of his young players. “For the most part they’ve been improving and improving and improving.”

In Wednesday’s first game, Roosevelt grabbed an early 2-0 advantage and then doubled its lead with two runs in the fourth inning, as Miranda Macko and Shannon Byrum both reached base and both scored for the Bears. Macko also pitched the first contest and went the distance for her team.

With four more runs in the fifth inning, Roosevelt went up 8-0 and threatened to invoke the 10-run mercy rule before it was over. Macko, Eleya Montroy, and Tracy Shuryan each had an RBI in the inning for the Bears and Alea Kainz scored on a wild pitch.

Two errors committed by Roosevelt in the top of sixth, however, gave Melvindale a chance to fight back.

Idalis Antone and Dobrick both reached base courtesy of the miscues and both later came around to score their team’s first and second runs of the game.

The Cardinals’ Marie Gable knocked in Bailey Konarski to make it 8-3 and before the inning was over Gable and Paige Filipowski scored, as well, to cut the deficit to 8-5.

In its half of the sixth, Roosevelt added another run, as Montroy knocked in Kainz with a single and gave the team a four-run lead.

In the final inning, the Cardinals couldn’t duplicate their sixth-inning success and the Bears took the opener 9-5.

With Roosevelt acting as visitors in the second game, the Bears hit first and their bats quickly caught fire.

First-inning hits by Amelia Czarnota and Rachel Zimmers were followed by an RBI single from Tierney Runions that drove in Czarnota for the game’s first run.

Montroy drew a bases-loaded walk that forced in Rachel Zimmers from third to make it 2-0.

Rhion Radinski continued the hit parade and drove a single that plated Runions and put the Bears up 3-0.

With the bases still full, Rachel Carley hit next and promptly singled to knock in Kainz and Montroy and give the squad a 5-0 advantage. To add one more run in the inning, Radinski was able to score on a bad throw and increase her team’s lead to 6-0.

In the bottom of the first, the Cardinals were able to cut into that lead, however, as Filipowski drilled a two-run double for Melvindale that sliced the deficit to 6-2.

Both teams were scoreless for the next two innings, but in the fourth the Bears added two more runs, courtesy of a single by Zimmers that knocked in Shuryan and Czarnota.

Before the contest was over, Melvindale managed another run, but couldn’t put any more on the board against Shuryan, who pitched the second game for Roosevelt.

Bears’ coach Jackie Jagiello said Shuryan, who is a senior, is a tough and consistent pitcher who doesn’t get rattled easily.

“She does a really nice job,” Jagiello said. “She’s steady. She doesn’t get worked up and she just gets the job done.”

The next action for Roosevelt will be Friday, as the Bears will welcome Belleville for a doubleheader. Melvindale will play Friday, as well, and will travel to Taylor Truman for one game.

Last Updated: 5/9/2013 12:04:55 PM EST