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It was a cold, windy day, but the Allen Park bats stayed hot in a 13-3 mercy-rule win over DRL rival Trenton Friday afternoon. The Jags scored in every frame they went to bat en route to their victory. “We had a little chit chat about playing at a mediocre level (after yesterday’s loss),” Coach Patsy Curnell said. “We have to push ourselves a little bit and I think they responded with their bats today and their play.” Allen Park got things started in the bottom of the first when Hayley Bartholomew was walked, brining Hailey Lazarek across the plate. Sammi Howell hit a deep single on the next at bat, scoring two more for a 3-0 lead after the first. They added another in the bottom of the second, while pitcher Miranda Hebert struck out six of seven batters in a row in the second and third innings. Trenton got on board in the top of the fourth and cut the deficit to 5-3 mid-frame. Shelby Kersten got to second on a throwing error that brought Kristin Aslanian and Josie Palazzolo across the plate. Kersten then stole third and got to home on a passed ball the capped the Trenton scoring for the night. The Jags continued with the hot bats and three singles, two doubles and a walk in the bottom of the fourth put them up 9-3 heading into the fifth. They took quick care of the six straight Trenton batters in the fifth and sixth, while adding four more to their score sheet. Chelsea Warga smacked a single in the bottom of the sixth to bring Savannah Mehi home and the game was in the books. Trenton Coach John Biedenbach gave credit to Allen Park. “You’ve gotta give them a lot of credit because they hit the ball,” he said. “We were not hitting, and pitching-wise we weren’t hitting our spots.” Hebert got the win in the circle for the Jags with 12 strikeouts on the afternoon. “I thought Miranda pitched beautifully today,” Curnell said. “She knew she didn’t throw well yesterday, so I gave her the ball again today and she really made some adjustments.’ Hailey Genaw led Allen Park by going three-for-four with four RBI. Chelsea Warga went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI The Jags are heading to the Hudsonville tournament over the weekend and Curnell is excited about the competition. “I’m excited to see that level of play to push us a little bit and challenge us a little bit and see how we respond,” she said.
Jags top Trenton with mercy-rule victory PHOTO GALLERY
Softball - 5/2/2014 4:00 p.m.
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