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The more district titles a team wins, the harder it become to keep, well, winning them.

But the Anderson softball team made it look pretty easy Saturday afternoon in Woodhaven and a 9-1 victory in the district final made the Titans district champions.

It was a back-to-back title for Anderson and the fifth in six years.

The championship game was a repeat of last year’s when the Titans took on Roosevelt. And like last year, it took just one inning to decide the game. But unlike last year, which was decided in the final frame, this one was decided in the first.

Katelyn Shivel was the third batter to the plate in the top of the first and blasted a homerun, quickly putting the Titans on the board with a 3-0 lead.

Allison Ortman took to the plate next and sent a homerun of her own sailing for a 4-0 lead.

“Back to back homeruns, I’ve never seen that in high school,” Coach Eric Druchniak said. “That was impressive.”

The Titans continued to pile on the runs and a triple from Julia Pagac followed by a single a few batters later made it a 6-0 game.

The next few innings passed in a blur and Mikayla Alexandrou continued to dominate on the mound, finishing the day with 12 strikeouts in the finals and 20 during the day.

The offense started up again in the sixth inning. Seven singles in the inning brought two more runs across the plate for a 9-0 lead.

The Bears’ only score of the game came in the bottom of the seventh. Tierney Runions blasted a homerun, but three quick outs gave the Titans the win.

“I’ve been begging them to start a game like that for forever,” Druchniak said. “I told them to stop giving me so many heart attacks.”

Druchniak was thrilled with getting past one of his team’s biggest DRL opponents for the second straight year.

“Wyandotte’s a great team,” he said. “They’ve got a good pitcher, they’re solid defensively and they can put the bat on the ball.

“I guess we just wanted it a little bit more. We told them they would want revenge and we’d come in and you just have to continue to play your game and stay on your game.”

Roosevelt Coach Jackie Jagiello said it was an unfortunate start for her team.

“We had one bad inning and it just set the tone for the rest of the game,” she said. “If we don’t have that inning, it’s a lot closer ball game.

“We played hard, but we just started behind. We talked about playing our game and just doing what we do and I think we accomplished that, they just got off and started hitting balls.”

Anderson moves on to play the winner of the Belleville district next Saturday in Saline.























Last Updated: 6/2/2014 2:28:24 AM EST

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