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SOFTBALL: Bears win battle for second place in DRL (PHOTO)
It was a scoreless game through five innings, but Tracy Shuryan and the Roosevelt defense had the upper hand in Thursday's 5-2 victory over Trenton. The win gave the Bears sole possession of second place in the Downriver League.
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Things took awhile to get started as the innings flew by with six three-up, three-down situations.
Trenton got in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth inning with three singles and a batter hit by a pitch.
With two outs and bases loaded, Michelle Kasenow was picked off on a leadoff off of first base and the threat was ended.
Roosevelt quickly got things started in the sixth inning and three consecutive singles from Amelia Czarnota, Rachel Zimmers and Sydni Pauley loaded the bases with no outs.
Tierney Runions went to the plate and on a wild pitch, Czarnota came home for the first score of the game.
Runions worked up to a 1-2 count before blasting a triple to keep center, bringing both Zimmers and Pauley in for a three-run lead that stayed that way through the top half of the frame.
Desiree Kuczynski started the bottom half of the inning with a triple just over the head of Roosevelt’s left fielder and came home to score on a single from Karly Ford.
Ford put the game within one run when Devon Trombley’s triple sent her home.
It looked like the Trojans were on their way to a comeback but a Roosevelt pitching change and three quick outs ended the inning.
The Bears added to their lead in the top of the seventh when Selene Pauley and Miranda Macko came around to score after a double from Sydni Pauley that put the Bears up 5-2.
The score proved to be the final after a three-up, three-down bottom of the seventh.
Trenton Coach John Beidenbach said it was an unfortunate loss for his team.
“They just outplayed us,” he said. “They just wanted it a little bit more than we did, I’m afraid.
“That was the goal; to play for second place and finish as high as we can (but) that just didn’t occur.”
The day before Trenton combined for 37 hits in a double header but fell short against Roosevelt.
“It was there for the taking,” Beidenbach said. “Yesterday we got 37 hits in a double header in 12 innings. Then we come out here and start laying an egg.
“(There’s) something about it; they just gotta reach down and have a gut check here. What do you want to do for the rest of the time? Do you want to roll over?
“It goes back to what we told them before. The team that has the enthusiasm and puts forth the effort (is) gonna come out on top.”
Roosevelt Coach Jackie Jagiello was pleased her team was able to come out on top.
“The game was going really quick,” she said. “We just started putting the bat on the ball. (We) played strong defensively.
“We let them come back, but we were able to hold them, score more runs and get out of it.”
Zimmers, a senior captain echoed her coach’s thoughts.
“I thought we were the better team,” Zimmers said. “I thought we played really well (and) our defense was impeccable.
“We had a slip or two, but I thought that our offense made up for it.”
Jagiello was proud of her team for getting out of the sticky situation in the fifth inning.
“I think the fact that they had bases loaded and we kept them from scoring really took the wind out of their sails,” she said. “And we just expanded on that and that just keps us coming.
“(It) gave everybody that extra umph we needed to get the job done.”
The Bears are now 12-3 in the DRL, good enough for second place while the 11-4 Trojans dropped to third place.
Last Updated: 5/16/2013 10:59:59 PM EST