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Western International holds off Mumford, Denby stays unbeaten

Renaissance runner beats tag sliding into third against Western.  The Phoenix defeated the Cowgirls 18-0.  CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTOS

Renaissance runner beats tag sliding into third against Western.
The Phoenix defeated the Cowgirls 18-0. CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTOS

Softball Roundup #3

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

The sun broke through and the field dried up at Clark Park as the game between Western International and Mumford played under better conditions than previous Public School League (PSL) games.

Western pitcher Aitza Rodriguez had struck out eight batters and held off a fifth inning charge by a determined group of Mumford players as the Cowgirls, rebounding from a 18-0 Monday loss to Renaissance, won their fourth game in five starts defeating the Mustangs 13-8 in a home contest last Thursday. Mumford dropped to 2-3.

Both coaches were impressed by their teams improving style of play as the season progresses towards the playoffs.

“We had a couple of errors we had to fight off, but I’m glad our girls didn’t get down on themselves,” said Western Head Coach Don Wolan. “Our girls played hard. Mumford didn’t give up either and played a good game.”

“We battled and played hard,” said Mumford Head Coach Kareem Hogan. “We made some mistakes, but the girls settled down and fought back.”

Both teams took advantage of the other’s mistakes and used slick base-running to score. The Cowgirls pushed 12 runs across the plate in the first two innings of play to go up 12-3. Mumford scored two runs in their half of the first and one in the second before scoring five runs in the fifth. The game was called after five innings because of the two hour, 15 minute limit enforced by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).

Henry Ford (4-1) kept in step with Western as the Trojans won two games against Central last Monday 17-4 and Communication Media Arts in a high scoring 19-17 contest last Thursday. Against Central, Pitcher Tierra Thomas struck out six Trailblazers. At the plate, Niema Jennings had the big bat for the Trojans going four-for-four with a double and four RBIs. Thursday against the Pharaohs, Autumn Carlisle went three-for-three and Thomas went three-for-four, which included two singles and a double. CMA dropped 2-3.

There’s a three-way battle for the final three playoff spots in the PSL West between Western (4-1), Henry Ford (4-1), Mumford (2-3) and CMA (2-3). Renaissance (7-0, 4-0) is way out in front in the PSL West. The Phoenix defeated Western last Monday 18-0 and Northwestern last Thursday 15-0.

In the PSL East, Denby (5-0) stayed in step with Cass Tech as the Tars pounded Osborn 27-4 and held off East English 9-5. Against the Knights, pitcher Sannia Walls had six strikeouts for the Tars, while Jazzmond Wills hit a grand slam for the winners. Ella Shelton hit a three-run homer for Denby. East English dropped to 1-3.

Pershing (2-2) has won its last two games after a 0-2 start. The Doughgirls defeated Southeastern, 13-11 and surprised Osborn (3-2) with a shocking 18-2 shellacking. Dayfiana Gardner pitched two complete games last week with eleven strikeouts against the Jungaleers and seven strikeouts last Thursday against the Knights. Monekeya Murray had the hot bat for the Doughgirls as she two-for-three and three RBIs against the Knights.


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