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PSL runner-up Cass Tech in action against Southeastern last Tuesday at Northwestern. The defending PSL East Champion Technicians routed the Jungaleers 20-0

Softball Roundup- week#1
PSL Softball off to a cold, wet start

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen

The beginning of the 2013 season for softball in the Detroit Public School League was greeted with below season temperatures and wet grounds, last week. Some games were cancelled but others went on in spite of  the inclement weather.

Western International, one of last season’s top contenders, started their season off with a 23-5 drubbing of Central. The Cowgirls then faced Northwestern last Thursday in a home matchup at Clark Park with cold winds and a wet muddy field. It was anything but a game as Western won their second game of the young season drubbing the Colts 19-2 in two innings.

Starting pitcher Aitza Rodriguez got off to a rough start giving up two runs in the first inning, but that’s when her fellow Cowgirls took over. Western took advantage of the Colts poor pitching and inexperience and scored 19 runs in their half of the first. It was no longer a game when Northwestern went down in order in their half of the second to end the game. However, Western Head Coach Don Wolan was glad it was over because of the unsavory weather.

“The weather and field conditions were horrible,” he said. “I was more concerned with the safety of the girls than the game. I guess we shouldn’t have played.”

Rodriguez had a triple three runs batted in at the plate and scored three times. Alondra Garcia doubled, scored twice and had two RBIs for the Cowgirls (2-0, PSL West). Northwestern, who lost a close 16-15 game to Cody, last Monday, dropped to 0-2 in the PSL West.

Cody (1-1, PSL West) scored 19 runs against Henry Ford but the Trojans scored 20 as both teams scored 39 runs in one inning. The game was called after one inning giving Henry Ford a 20-19 victory. Deja Wells went three-for-three with four RBIs. Courtney Hunt also went three-for-three with a double and three RBIs. The Trojans, who pulled out a 15-14 win over Mumford last Monday, upped their record to 2-0 in the PSL West.

Defending Champion Renaissance (1-0) started their season off with a 15-0 shut of Communication & Media Arts last Monday in three innings. The Phoenix game against Central last Thursday was cancelled because of wet grounds.

In the PSL East, Denby (2-0) started their season off to a spectacular fashion as the Tars pounded Pershing 27-0 last Monday in two and a half innings. They continued their winning ways last Thursday as the Tars clobbered King 16-1. Ella Shelton went two-for-three which included a double. Sannia Walls struck out four batters. King dropped to 1-1.

Cass Tech (1-0) started their season off with a 20-0 shutout of Southeastern last Monday. The Technicians game against Pershing was cancelled due to wet grounds. The other PSL East game cancelled due to inclimate weather was East English Village (0-1) at the Detroit International Academy (0-1).


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