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One-by-one, Melvindale's batters cruised to the plate at Chelsea High School. Each time, Kayla Karmos sent them back to the dugout, searching for answers. Karmos tossed a no hitter in Tecumseh's 8-0 victory over Melvindale during Saturday's Regional 14 semifinal. She struck out 14 batters in the complete-game effort. "We knew exactly what the pitcher was throwing. We worked on it all week," Melvindale Coach Rey Linares said. "We just had a little trouble applying it. She didn't surprise us with anything, they were exactly what we expected." Melvindale's lone baserunner came in the fourth inning when pitcher Autumn Dobrick was hit by a pitch. The sophomore would advance to third base and was eventually picked off for the final out of the inning. When the tag was applied, Dobrick injured her mouth, according to Linares. She would remain in the game, pitching five and two-thirds innings. Fellow sophomore Vanessa Lang relieved her, pitching the final third of the sixth inning. "Her (Dobrick's) pitching seemed to change a little bit there," Linares said. "She was having a little trouble there." Both teams exchanged zeros early on the scoreboard. Tecumseh loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning, forcing Melvindale's hand defensively. A force out at home plate, a line drive speared by Dobrick and a ground out allowed the Cardinals to return to the dugout unscathed. "Getting out of that inning was awesome, I mean, especially with a team like this that can hit the ball and move the ball the way they have," Linares said. "We're really proud of the way they got out of there." Facing a defending state champion is never easy, though. Melvindale learned that the hard way as the game progressed. A three-run fifth inning and five-run sixth pushed Tecumseh to the regional final. After winning a district title, Melvindale graduates three seniors — Chelsi Holbrook, Marie Gable, and Savannah Hoak. With a roster anchored by underclassmen, the future seems bright for a Cardinals team that finished 22-8 and third in the DRL. "We're moving in the right direction," Linares said. "We finished third in our league this year — we've always been a bottom dweller. We've worked real hard and the girls have committed themselves."
Melvindale falls to Tecumseh in regional semis PHOTO GALLERY
Softball - 6/7/2014 10:00 a.m.
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