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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 on March 31.

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.

For the Marauders, Autumn Eagon was four for four for with one RBI.

Kourtney Payne was two for four with an RBI, Kayla Loving was one for two and Kourtney potter was one for one.

Katie Crampton went two for four with an RBI and Comerzan was one for four with three RBI.

Two nights later it was a battle of big time Downriver League rivals on the softball field in Wyandotte 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,” 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.

In Trenton’s first outing of the season, the Trojans came from behind to secure the win over non-league Flat Rock.

Courtney Neff got the win on the mound and helped her cause by finished the way with two hits and two RBI.

Samantha Higdon finished with three hits and two RBI, Josie Palazzolo had two hits and two RBI and Kristin Aslanian finished with two hit and three RBI, including the game-winning hit in the seventh for the walk-off win.

Last Updated: 4/8/2014 4:26:36 PM EST