The Catholic League rivalry between Riverview Gabriel Richard and Allen Park Cabrini has been a good one in recent years.
Richard went 2-3 against the Monarchs a season ago, but one of those wins locked up a district title on Cabrini’s home field.
Tuesday marked the first of two scheduled CHSL AA doubleheaders this season between the two programs. The first game turned out to be a 2-1 pitcher’s duel in favor of Cabrini, which is ranked No. 8 in the state in D3.
The back end of the twin bill, however, turned into a slugfest and resulted in a 14-10 victory for the Pioneers (2-2, 1-1 CHSL AA) over the Monarchs (10-3, 1-1 CHSL AA).
In the opener, Montana Spears was responsible for scoring both Cabrini runs. She singled in the first inning and later scored on an error to give the Monarchs an early 1-0 lead.
Both teams turned in empty frames until the fifth inning. Richard evened it up in the top half thanks to an RBI knock from Sandy Cislo that scored Camryn Lozon, who doubled in the at-bat before.
But Cabrini answered right back in the home half. Spears doubled to lead off the inning and scored two batters later on a sacrifice bunt from Viviana Gonzalez, reclaiming the lead for good. Gonzalez’ at-bat in the first inning also led to Spears scoring.
In the circle, both Spears and Chelsea Collins were tremendous. Spears went all seven innings and allowed just the one run on seven hits and she struck out eight. Collins allowed just four hits and struck out 11 Monarchs, despite walking six.
Both teams put on their hitting shoes for the second game of the doubleheader. The Pioneers raced out to a 6-1 lead after two innings and eventually led 8-3 lead after three.
The visitors carried a 14-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh before Cabrini put up a touchdown’s worth of points to make the score and game much closer at 14-10.
Richard pounded out 22 total hits, with everybody in the lineup recording at least one base knock. Leadoff hitter Camryn Lozon racked up four hits and scored three times in game two. But the lumber came courtesy of Collins and Daphne Pate. Richard’s No. 3 and 5 hitters combined to go 7-for-10, with four runs scored, four extra-base hits and nine runs batted in.
Collins blasted a two-run homer to left in the second that extended the Pioneers lead to 6-0 at the time, one of two bombs for Richard in the second game. Pate meanwhile cracked three doubles, two of which each drove in two runs. The other Pioneers’ homer was hit by Sharmaye Becraft, a two-run shot in the third inning. Also driving in runs for Richard in game two were Abby Hand (2) and Sandy Cislo (1).
For Cabrini, nine of the 10 players who got at least one at-bat reached with a base hit. They also had seven different players with an RBI, a Spears, Brooke Turner and Hannah Lipka each had two while Gonzalez, Holly Kimes, Robin Sprys and Doree Arevalo all each drove in one run.
Of Cabrini’s 12 hits in the second game, only one went for extra bases, a double for Sprys that led to the Monarchs’ first run. Cabrini left 10 runners on base, versus seven for Richard.
Spears also started game two for Cabrini but lasted only one inning after allowing four runs. Gonzalez finished the game for the Monarchs and surrendered the remaining 10 runs for Richard.
Pate started for Richard and went 6.1 innings. Of Cabrini’s 10 runs, only four were earned. Collins came in to get the final two outs of the game and solidify a split for the Pioneers.
These two teams will meet next on May 5 at Richard.
Both teams are scheduled for another AA doubleheader this week, as the Pioneers will host Divine Child on Thursday and the Monarchs will visit Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard on Friday.