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  • The Anderson and Carlson softball teams got on the field for the first time this season and it was Anderson who finished with the 11-7 win over the Marauders in a game that featured four combined homeruns from the teams. Photos by Samantha Elliott

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Softball - 3/31/2014 4:00 p.m.

Southgate Anderson 11
Gibraltar Carlson 7

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It was the first time either team had been outside this season but it was a nice start for both the Carlson and Anderson softball teams who saw four homeruns between the two teams.

The host Titans won the game 11-7.

Sophomore Mikayla Alexandrou started the season off on the right foot by hitting a homerun on the first pitch of the first at bat for Anderson.

Over the next two innings Carlson added three runs of its own for a 3-1 lead.

In the bottom of the third Anderson’s Madison Small hit her first varsity home run, a grand slam that gave the Titans a lead they never let up.

The Marauders kept pushing and made it a one-run game in the top of the sixth with a homerun from Kerstyn Comerzan. Anderson pushed back in the top of the seventh and Carlson capped its scoring when Katie Crampton smacked a homerun of her own in the top of the seventh.

Anderson Coach Eric Druchniak said he was not necessarily worried when the Marauders got two homeruns off of Alexandrou.

“You always wonder how your pitcher’s gonna react to them,” he said. “This is her second year on varsity and people hit homeruns on her last year.

“She came back and she’s matured a lot over the last year and she showed it. I didn’t have to go out and calm her down or talk to her; I know she’d be alright.”

Druchniak said it was an interesting game in both team’s season debuts.

“Usually pitching’s way ahead of hitting at this point and for there to be four homeruns in the first game of the season is kind of unusual, but we’ll take it,” he said.

Anderson was led by Small who went three for four with two doubles and the grand slam.

Marisa Laginess and Maggie Piesz went two for three and Chelsea Crandall finished one for four.

Alexandrou went two for four with three RBI and her homerun and had five strikes.

The Titans will stay at home this week with two more games.

On Wednesday they host Downriver League rival Roosevelt and Friday Truman comes to call.

Carlson will be at the Mercy Invite this weekend.

Last Updated: 4/1/2014 12:07:09 PM EST