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It was a battle of big time Downriver League rivals on the softball field in Wyandotte Wednesday afternoon when Roosevelt hosted Anderson. Things grew suspenseful as the teams went through five and a half innings with no score. When the runs finally started coming in, it was Roosevelt who left the field with the 4-0 win. Anderson threatened in the top of the fifth when six batters went to the plate; the most of any inning until that point. The Titans got bases loaded and looked almost sure to score before a last out ended the threat. In the bottom of the sixth the Bears got things going. Selene Pauley popped one to the outfield and a bobble from the Titans left Pauley on second base. Ashley Ouellette bunted to advance Pauley but it popped up and Anderson catcher Allison Ortman snagged it for the out. That brought up Alea Kainz. The sophomore smacked a hard single that brought Pauley home for the first run of the game and a 1-0 Roosevelt lead. Senior Sydni Pauley stepped up to the plate and blasted one over the fence for a 3-0 score. Tierney Runions walked next and stole second and came home on Eleya Montroy’s single for what would be the final score. Early on it was a defensive battle between the two squads that didn’t see many batters get to base. “I think we put the ball on the bat, they just made some great plays defensively and did the right things,” Anderson Coach Eric Druchniak said. “We had a couple of instances where we could have scored, but we didn’t lay down the bunts when we were supposed to and we couldn’t get any runs across the plate.” Druchniak told his girls to take things one pitch at a time and just put the bat on the ball. “They did that and we got some base runners, but they (Roosevelt) also made some plays,” he said. “One of the things I keep talking about to them is pressure; keep putting pressure and get the bat on the ball and make them make plays. “Make them feel the pressure. And they handled the pressure today so hats off to them.” Roosevelt Coach Jackie Jagiello said her team stepped up it defensively from the previous day and was proud of how they handled the Titans. “I know Southgate’s been rebuilding and rebuilding and they’re there, so I knew it was gonna be competitive,” she said. “I knew their pitcher’s good and we just had to hit the ball.” Anderson’s sophomore pitcher Mikayla Alexandrou finished the game with 13 strikeouts, frustrating the Roosevelt offense. “I think the team started to get down because we weren’t doing what we normally rely on,” Jagiello said. “At least we made it up defensively and then we finally put the bat on them. “I told them they were going up there hoping not to strike out and they need to take a whole different mindset and think I’m gonna hit the ball.” The teams will have one more go around later this season before possibly meeting again in the district round. Both will be back in action on Friday when Anderson hosts Truman and Roosevelt travels to Kennedy.
Roosevelt tops Anderson in late innings PHOTO GALLERY
Softball - 4/2/2014 4:00 p.m.
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