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The Trenton softball team sure was busy last week, but finished its outings with a 6-2 record, knocking off both league and non league opponents along the way.

The crazy week ended with two separate double headers on Saturday morning to evening and the Trojans took three of the four games.

Saturday started by splitting games with non-league opponent Grosse Ile. Trenton won the first game 8-1.

Freshman Hannah Bates got the win on the mound, giving up three hits and striking out an amazing 16 players.

On the offensive side of things, Carly Ford led the team with three hits.

Samantha Higdon (RBI), Courtney Neff, Kristin Aslanian, Bates (RBI), Michelle Casenow (RBI), Morgan Cooper (RBI), and Madison Memering (RBI) all had single hits in the win.

Grosse Ile took the second game 13-4 in a game where the Trojans saw 11 hits.

Shelby Hersten, Cooper and Amber Kuczynski (RBI) each had two hits and single hits came from Ford, Aslanian, Memering and Melanie Bak.

Ford took the loss on the mound.

The day ended with a sweep of non-league Gabriel Richard.

Trenton took the first game 6-2 with Neff getting the win on the mound, giving up four hits and striking out six.

Offensively the Trojans only got four hits and all scoring came in the third inning.

Ford, Higdon (two RBI), Bates (RBI) and Kersten (RBI) all had single hits.

“We were able to play a lot of players and some of the young kids got some action in at the high school level and that worked out best for us,” Coach John Biedenbah.

The second game was a 5-3 win for Trenton. Bates got the win on the mound, giving up a hit and striking out six.

Neff finished the game, giving up five hits and struck out two.

Offensively, Hidgon (RBI) and Kersten had two hits and single hits came from Ford, Neff, Bates (RBI) and Josie Palazzolo

Elizabeth Gandolfi was a highlight defensively during the game for Biedenbah.

The junior caught the ball in right field and threw a runner out at home to get the Trojans out of a jam in the fifth inning.

The day before, the Trojans were shut out in a DRL battle.

The Wyandotte Bears brought their bats to Trenton and pitcher Miranda Macko did the rest as the visitors shut out the Trojans 6-0 on Friday in softball.

"We came here to battle and we did that. We stayed focused and really stepped it up," said Wyandotte Coach Jackie Jagiello. "We haven't been hitting well the last few games so it was nice to see us pick it up and hit like I know we can."



The Bears (5-1 overall, 4-0 league) have good pitching and solid defense so if they hit, they feel like they can beat anyone.

"It's like a domino effect," Jagiello said. "When one hits the rest follow."

And that's what happened on Friday afternoon at Trenton.

Leadoff hitter Selene Pauley got things rolling right away with a leadoff triple. The sophomore scored to make it 1-0.

In the bottom of the first, Trenton had back-to-back bunt singles. But good defense and a strike out by Macko kept the home team off the board.

In the second, Eleya Montroy hit a one-out double and scored when Katie Guckian reached on an error as the Bears led 2-0.

Singles by Shelby Groat and Selene Pauley got things rolling in the fifth. An RBI double by Ashley Ouellette made it 3-0.

In the sixth, the Bears would add to their lead. Sydni Pauley tripled and scored on Tierney Runions' single. Montroy doubled again and the Bears were in position to break the game open. Guckian and Maya Ross each drove in runs to give Wyandotte a 6-0 lead.

Macko was solid for the Bears, pitching the shutout against Trenton.

"It was her best performance of the year," Jagiello said. "She has really taken on a leadership role and didn't let anything get her down and did exactly what we need her to do."

The Trojans were also in action last Thursday, finishing up a rain-delayed game with Melvindale.

In the end, Trenton got the 7-4 win.

Neff was the winning pitcher, giving up five hits and striking out five along the way.

Offensively, Higdon had two hits to lead the team.

Securing the victory, Bates smacked a double in the third inning to clear the bases and open things up for Trenton.

Trenton was back in action Monday night in a cold, windy game against Truman and finished with the 6-4 win.

Neff got another win on the mound, striking out seven and helped her cause with two hits.

Bates finished with two hits as well.

Kasenow held the big bat in the game with four RBI, including a three-run homerun over the fence.

Overall, the Trojans are 7-2 and 4-1 in the league.

The Titans had three games in three days and finished the stretch with two wins.

Against Kennedy, Anderson got an 11-1 victory with 14 hits in the game.

Mikayla Alexandrou got the win in the circle by striking out nine and helped out her cause by going three-for-four at the plate.

Maggie Piesz, Celeste Black (two RBI), and Madison Splan (RBI) were all two-for-tree and Marisa Laginess (three RBI) was two-for-four.

Julia Pagac was one-for-three with three RBI of her own.

The following night Anderson knocked off Lincoln Park 12-10 with 22 hits.

Kennedy Caldwell was a perfect four-for-four and Chelsea Crandall (RBI) and Kayla Dalton (two RBI) were both three-for-five.

Piesz (two RBI), Laginess and Splan (two RBI) all had two hits in the win.

Piesz and Alexandrou shared time on the mound. Piesz pitched 5.1 innings and struck out two while Alexandrou pitched the rest and struck out three.

The week ended with a 4-3 loss to Allen Park.

Miranda Hebert was the winning pitcher for Allen Park. Hailey Genaw went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Hailey Bartholomew went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and secured a save for Allen Park.

Allison Ortman led the Titans with two hits and two RBI.

Allen Park, on the quest for yet another Downriver League title, dominated Kennedy in a 11-0 mercy win at home.

Bartholomew allowed just one hit and struck out 10 in five innings pitched.

Offensively, Savannah Mehi had a two-run homerun for the Jags.

Most recently, hits were abundant for the Carlson softball team in a big 21-11 win over Melvindale.

Kerstyn Comerzan had a huge day for the Marauders and finished six-for-six with four RBI and a homerun.

Kaitlyn McCormack was three-for-four with an RBI and Payton Howard (two RBI, homerun), Hayley Genaw (two RBI) and Kourtney Potter (three RBI, homerun) each had two hits.

The Marauders took an early 6-0 lead in the first inning and had another big inning in the fifth when they scored five runs.

McCormack and Alyssa Tefend split time on the mound and combined for seven strikeouts.

Carlson fell to Trenton on April 7 in a 6-1 game.

Comerzan led the team with two hits and single hits came from Katie Cramton, Jaime Peraino, Kourtney Payne, Genaw and Potter.

The day before they fell to Woodhaven in a close 8-7 game.

Comerzan (RBI), Kayla Loving (RBI) and Autumn Egan (two RBI) each had two hits. Cramton, Peraino and Payne each had single hits.



Woodhaven also knocked off Truman with an 8-3 win.

Leah Pletcher went two-for-three and Hannah Fisher was two-for-four with a double and three RBI for the Warriors.

Tiara Henderson was two-for-four for Truman.





Last Updated: 4/15/2014 7:41:26 PM EST

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