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Chelsea Warga and the Allen Park Jaguars secured their third-straight Downriver League title on Monday with a 3-2 victory over Roosevelt. Photo by Dave Chapman.


SOFTBALL: Jags clinch third-straight DRL title (PHOTO)

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After a long, rainy softball season, it all came down to one game, on a hot and humid Monday in Allen Park.

The Roosevelt and Allen Park softball teams squared off for first and second place in the Downriver League. If the Bears won, they still had a chance later in the week to win the league. If the Jaguars won, they clinched the league for the third straight season.

And the Jags did just that and pushed their record to 16-0 in the DRL.

It looked like it was going to be all Bears after a quick start, but the Jaguars rallied from one down after the bottom of the first to win 3-2 in seven innings.

Roosevelt scored two in the top half of the first inning, but the Jaguars responded with a run of their own in the bottom half.

Senior Tracy Shuryan threw 34 pitches in the first inning alone for the Bears. Surprisingly, she was pulled after that 34-pitch inning in favor of junior Miranda Macko, who then pitched the rest of the way, throwing 60 in five innings.

“We just felt that she threw a lot of pitches, we were trying to hopefully maybe save her back in the end, then our bats went flat, so it didn’t go that way,” said Bears head coach Jackie Jagiello. “All-in-all, I think my team’s been playing well.

“We get better with each game, but we just need that key play to get it done.”

After scoring a run, the Jags left bases loaded in the bottom of the first but turned things around to best the Bears.

Allen Park had eight more hits the rest of the way to Roosevelt’s three.

Junior Kara Guobis pitched for the Jaguars, only throwing 112 pitches, while striking out 10, and only walking two.

Freshman Selene Pauley started the first inning for the Bears. She walked, and two batters later, senior Rachel Zimmers homered to left to score the first two runs of the game.

In the bottom half of the frame, Allen Park senior Mikey Kish also led off with a walk. She would come around to score while the bases were loaded, on an RBI single from senior Megan Labut.

The Bears would go on to threaten in the third inning after junior Sydni Pauley singled with two outs, and advanced to third on a single from junior Tierney Runions. Pauley wouldn’t get any farther as Gubois struck out freshman Alea Kainz to end the inning.

Things picked up in the fifth inning when senior Amy Trionfi singled in the bottom of the frame. She then advanced to second on a passed ball, and stole third base. A walk put senior Kendall Wolf on base, and a sacrifice fly to centerfield from sophomore Miranda Herbert would score Trionfi to tie the game.

Gubois pitched a near perfect top of the sixth inning for the Jaguars, striking out Runions, allowing a single to Kainz, and getting a double play fly-out to get freshman Eleya Montroy and Kainz at first.

Freshman Chelsea Warga started the bottom of the sixth inning with a single to shallow left field. A bunt single by senior Kaylee Knerr would put runners on first and second and Warga advanced to third on a fly out from senior Alyssa Smith.

Two batters later, junior Haley Lazarek singled past second base to bring in Warga for the game-winning run.

The top of the seventh inning wasn’t perfect for the Jags, but Gubois only needed four batters to get three outs to win the game and the league.

“We step up when we need to, we moved our runners over when we know we needed one,” said Jaguars head coach Patsy Curnell. “We’re not going for the big hits anymore, we’re just doing what we need to do and good base running.

“When you can back it up with good pitching, it should work.”

Allen Park hosts Garden City in non-league action on Tuesday before facing Lincoln Park in a double header on Wednesday to round out the DRL season.

The Bears will take on Anderson on Wednesday in a doubleheader to finish out their DRL season, as they battle for second place.

Last Updated: 5/21/2013 2:49:23 PM EST