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Melvindale avenges last year's loss, earns district crown PHOTO GALLERY

  • Shelby Shelton's solo home run was the only point scored for Annapolis in district finals against Melvindale.

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Softball - 5/31/2014 2:00 p.m.

Dearborn Heights Annapolis 0
Melvindale 17

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This year Melvindale set out to prove that the team that lost in district finals last year to Divine Child after dominating most of the game, is no longer who they were.

Same in numbers, the roster from last year is the same as this year, the girls came to claim what would have been their sixth straight district title, if not for the 2013 loss.

However first they had to get past Annapolis.

They did it pretty easily with a 17-1 win.

The Melvindale Cardinals jumped out in front early with a home run in the top of the first from Bailey Konarski, scoring two.

The Cougars tried to get a run on the board in the second with a double from Tiana Sepulveda, but left her stranded.

Third inning, top of the order again for the Cardinals, and the girls were able to connect their bats to load the bases. Paired with smart base running, Melvindale was able to extend their lead 7-0.

It wasn’t until the fourth inning that the Cougars made it on the score board with a solo home run to left center from Shelby Shelton, her fifth of the season.

Top of the fifth and the home runs keep adding up for Melvindale, sophomore Idalis Antone sends a shot out past the center field fence scoring two more for the Cardinals, making their lead 10-1.

The Cougars tried to get things going again in the bottom of the fifth but were not able to get the ball out of the infield, and the Cardinals quickly retired the first three batters.

“We hit right at them,” said Annapolis Coach Scott Weimer.

From there the Cougars sought help in a pitch change from freshman Kara Roberts who had also pitched the game right before the finals, to Kirstyn Jacobs.

Melvindale took the change in momentum and rolled with it, scoring seven more runs and forcing two more pitch changes in the inning bring the scoring to 17-1.

““There were too many mental, as well as physical errors that cost us the game. Our other pitcher is injured. Next year, we’ll be alright. Melvindale played well today.”

“These girls have been so focused this year to take back what should have been theirs,” said Coach Rey Linares. “They need to keep this intensity up as we advance into regionals because we are going to face some tough teams, but we’re ready for it.”

Cardinal pitcher Autumn Dobrick came in to close out the game in the sixth inning, facing four batters before the final out was made and the Cardinals became district champions.

“The biggest thing for me today is that everyone hit. Literally everyone,” said Antone. “In the beginning of the season it was mostly the top of the line up, but today everyone added to the score, and together we got the win.”

The Cardinals will move on to face Tecumseh next Saturday at 10:00 at Chelsea for regional semifinals.

Two and a half innings, 15 runs, and a one hitter later and the Melvindale Cardinals advance over the Robichaud Bulldogs to district finals.

Lead off hitter Arionna Davis got the only hit today for Robichaud, making it to first off an error from shortstop Autumn Dobrick.

Cardinals pitcher Idalis Antone took eight of the nine outs herself, with six strikeouts and fielding two ground balls to first baseman Bailey Konarski to seal the win.

Her first at bat, Melvindale senior, Savannah Hoak laid down a bunt to score Antone. Same inning and her next at bat, Hoak launched a home run to center to score two more. It was her first of the season.

“It felt good, no great,” said Hoak, all smiles as she described her home run. “Now its all about staying stable. We’ve got to keep a level head for the next game to get the win.”

“We played our game today,” commented Rey Linares, head coach for the Cardinals. “I give the other team credit for coming out and playing hard. Antone pitched well, our bats were going, now we’ve got to bring that same intensity into our next game.”

Last Updated: 6/1/2014 2:31:53 PM EST