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Samantha Higdon and the Trenton Trojans reached the finals of the Hits for Heroes Tournament in Woodhaven Saturday before falling to Livonia Ladywood 10-0. Photo by Dave Chapman.


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The annual Hits for Heroes softball tournament was held in Woodhaven over the weekend and Trenton led local teams with their second-place finish.

It was a rematch of last year’s championship game as the Trojans took on Livonia Ladywood, but unfortunately for Trenton, the outcome was the same.

The Blazers won the game and the tournament 10-0 in five innings.

Offensively, the Trojans only managed four hits.

Devon Trombley, Courtney Neff, Paige Machnacki and Michelle Kasenow each contributed a single hit.

Trombley pitched for first four innings and struck out two while giving up nine hits.

Neff took over in the final inning and gave up three hits.

Trenton had a nice day to get to the championship game.

The Trojans started the day with a 10-1 victory over Warren Cousino in a six-inning game because of time limits.

Desiree Kuczynski led the offense with four hits and two RBIs.

Kristin Aslanian had three hits and three RBIs and Neff, Machnacki and Josie Palazzolo each had two hits.

The team moved on to Riverview and won that contest 9-0 in seven innings.

Trombley took the win on the mound, striking out five and allowing two hits.

She helped herself out at the plate with two hits.

Karly Ford also had two hits and Neff was two-for-two with four RBIs.

Single hits came from Kuczynski, Machnacki¸ Palazzolo, Aslanian and Kasenow

In the third game Trenton drew Roosevelt and defeated the Bears 4-3 in a game that was somewhat of revenge from earlier in the week when the Bears took DRL second place away from the Trojans.

The game went nine innings and Neff pitched the full effort, striking out six and allowing just one walk.

Offensively, Kuczynski had four hits and two RBIs and Aslanian had three hits.

Ford, Palazzolo, and Crowell each had one hit.

Trenton jumped out to a one run lead but led the Bears back in on an unearned run after an error.

Two more runs from Roosevelt in the eighth inning put the Bears up 3-1 but the Trojans managed to tie things up in the bottom of the frame.

Kuczynski blasted a home run and with a runner on second because of international rules, things were tied at three.

In the ninth inning Trenton got out of a tough situation with a double play to end Roosevelt scoring threats.

With a runner on second to start the bottom of the ninth, Machnacki hit a sacrifice bunt, sending the runner to third and Palazzolo got the game winning hit and an RBI.

“It was kind of a revenge game, but at the same time it wasn’t,” Trenton Coach John Beidenbach said. “We were trying to concentrate on ourselves.”

Beidenbach was pleased with his team’s overall effort to get back in the finals.

“The effort was there,” he said. “We hit the ball very well (and) made some adjustments with pitchers.

“We showed good enthusiasm and hopefully we can build on that to finish out the regular season this week.”

The DRL first place Jaguars got to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Allen Park fell to eventual champ Ladywood 8-4.

En route to the semi finals, the Jags defeated Roseville and Grosse Ile.

Allen Park had an 11-0 mercy win over the Panthers, highlighted by a no-hitter from Kaylee Knerr.

She helped herself out at the plate by going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Amy Trionfi went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored and Alyssa Smith was 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a double.

Coach Patsy Curnell said it was a great team effort with good contact hitting the ball and running the bases.

The Jags moved on to defeat Grosse Ile 4-2 with some JV players brought up for experience.

Hayley Bartholomew worked four innings on the mound and recorded four strikeouts.

After she was pulled for an injury, Miranda Herbert came in for the save.

The host Warriors finished the tournament 2-1.

Woodhaven dropped the opening game 4-1 to Riverview.

Alicia Craig, Stephanie Suter, Erin Marvaso and Ashley Gignac each recorded singles in the loss and Suter had an RBI while Craig had a run scored and a walk.

“We were hitting the ball right in this game, but right at the defensive player,” Coach Jim Lambert said.

The Warriors took the next two games and first defeated Warren Cousino 5-1.

Woodhaven had a host of players contribute to the offense and Hannah Fisher highlighted the defense by pitching a one-hitter.

Breyahna Guy led the offense with two singles, a double, a run scored and two RBIs.

Craig had a single, a walk and two runs scored, Brie Charron had two singles and a run scored and Erica Marvaso had a double and a run scored.

Leah Pletcher had two singles and an RBI, Suter had a single and two RBIs, Erin Marvaso had a single, Sarah Russell got a walk and Emma Sikina had a sacrifice hit.

The Warriors’ final game took 10 innings to complete and in the end Woodhaven defeated Lanse Cruse 6-4.

Ashley Gignac pitched the first four innings and allowed two runs, four hits, three walks and struck out three in 18 batters faced.

Fisher took over the next six innings (three under international rules) and faced 26 batters, allowing two runs, four hits, four walks and eight strikeouts.

“Hannah performed under pressure very well and enabled us to stay in the game until our hitters got the runs in to win,” Lambert said.

Offensively the Warriors were led by Erica Marvaso (single, three runs scored, RBI), Charron (two singles, two sacrafices, two RBIs) and Guy (two singles, double, two RBIs).

Emma Sikina (two singles), Suter (sacrifice), Maddie Satterlee (single), Cassette (run scored), Erin Marvaso (sacrifice), Brigette Oliver (single, RBI), Madie Clark (single) and Leah Pletcher (run scored) also contributed to the offense.

Last Updated: 5/28/2013 11:51:27 AM EST