HEADING FOR SECOND BASE . . . is Frankenmuth varsity softball player Rocky Roy during home game action last week. The Lady Eagles have won six games in a row, including Tuesday evening’s MHSAA Division 2 Pre-District contest, a 7-1 triumph over Birch Run. The Lady Eagles will host Flint Northwestern in District No. 39 action at noon on Saturday, May 30. A win Saturday will place them in the 2pm district championship game. FHS is 31-3-1 and ranked No. 10 in Division 2. (News photo/Kelly Jammer)
FHS softball team wins own invite, prepares for districts
The Frankenmuth varsity softball team hosted three excellent teams at their Frankenmuth Invitational on May 21.
Game 1… Frankenmuth started the day opposing Flint Powers Catholic in game one. The Eagles scored five times in the bottom of the third inning to take a 5-0 lead, adding two more in the fourth and three in the sixth to win the game 10-0.
Frankenmuth had nine hits for the game and were aided by six Powers errors. Andrea Perlberg (two runs, one stolen base), Amariah Wright (home run, double, two RBI), and Carmen Izzo all had two hits. The home run by Wright was her sixth of the year. Megan Jarlock had a run double and Kayla Brooks had a two run single as well.
Wright pitched the six inning shut out allowing four hits, no walks, and had 10 strike outs.
“We got a little sloppy on defense as we made three errors ,but we outhit the mistakes. It was uncharacteristic of this team so I am not very worried about the errors," Head Coach Brad Walraven commented.
The Eagles also put the ball in play as they only had one strike out.
Game 2… Mt. Pleasant was the next opponent for Frankenmuth. Mt. Pleasant won the first game in eight innings over Lake Fenton. Frankenmuth played an outstanding game and took their game two by the score of 5-1.
Brooks took the mound and retired the Oilers 1-2-3 in the first and stranded the bases loaded in the top of the second. In the bottom of the second inning, Frankenmuth got a lead off walk by Brooks. A sacrifice bunt by Alyssa Jarlock was mishandled putting runners on first and third. Izzo knocked in the first run with a double, putting runners on second and third and still no outs. Megan Jarlock was hit by the pitch to load the bases. After two fielders choices getting the force out at home, the Eagles were in jeopardy of not scoring anymore runs, but a clutch single by Makenzie Sipes put the Eagles up 2-0.
Wright followed with a two run single and Hannah Karwat followed with a single to score the fifth run.
"It did not look good, but that was a huge single by Makenzie with two outs," Walraven said.
That would be all the scoring for the Eagles and that would be all they would need. In the bottom of the sixth, the Eagles had another chance to add to the lead. Back to back singles by Rocky Roy and Perlberg put runners on first and second. Sipes bunted to advance one base, but a pop out and a ground out got Mt. Pleasant out of the jam.
Wright (two RBI) and Karwat each had two hits. Izzo had the lone extra base hit with a run scoring double. Brooks went six innings and started the seventh inning but after a double and a single put runners on first and third, she was removed for Wright. Wright induced a ground out, strike out and a fly out to keep the score at 5-1, Brooks earned the win allowing five hits, one walk, and had three strike outs.
Walraven said, "I thought it was one of Kayla's better games this year considering her opponent and the importance of the game. She had good control and was able to get ahead in the count making her other pitchers very effective. Offensively we did a good job of putting the ball in play as we did not have a strike out against us. And defensively we only made one error. The girls were very sharp and knew the importance of the game against a good opponent."
Game 3… Frankenmuth was in the drivers seat but still had to win the game to win the tournament over the Blue Devils of Lake Fenton. Lake Fenton lost to Mt Pleasant 3-2 in eight innings and defeated Flint Powers 2-1. For the third straight game, Frankenmuth faced the opposing team’s #1 pitcher.
A pitchers duel developed as the game was zipping along 0-0 until the top of the sixth inning. Frankenmuth was the visiting team and started that inning. A one out double by Wright put a runner on second. Brooks came up with two outs and hit a full count pitch to the left field corner scoring Brooks scored when the second basemen could not handle a pop up making the score 2-0. Wright was in a groove as she retired 10 consecutive batters from inning three through six. After a lead off single in the seventh, Wright got a pop up, ground out and a strike out to end the game.
For the day, Wright threw 14 innings, allowed seven hits, one walk and had 21 strike outs. The pitching staff only allowed one run in 21 innings.
"That is where it starts with good teams, right on the circle. The defense has been good all year and you sprinkle in some hitters and you have yourself a good team. I some times find myself watching our games as a fan enjoying the way the girls play the game but as a coach very proud of how they have responded to the coaching staff," Walraven commented.
The Eagles only had five hits, but made them count. Five different girls had hits. ‘Muth ended the season with a tournament championship going 3-0 and ending the season at 30-3-1. The last two years have seen this team go 58-13-2.