After winning both ends of a season-opening doubleheader on Tuesday against Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard, Dearborn Divine Child played two more CHSL AA games on Thursday at Riverview Gabriel Richard.
Late runs in both contests helped guide the Falcons to a 10-1 victory in the opener and a 6-5 win in the nightcap. It improved DC’s record to 4-0 overall and 4-0 in the CHSL AA.
The Pioneers (2-4, 1-3 CHSL AA) were coming off a doubleheader split at rival Allen Park Cabrini two nights earlier.
High winds made things tough at times for the fielders. Richard committed four errors in each game and the Falcons had one in each contest.
To kick off the twinbill on Thursday, DC’s Kerstin Hamman drove in Hannah Zuk with a first-inning single and put the visitors up 1-0.
In the top of the fourth Claudia Rea doubled for the visitors and scored both Maddie Bacher and Kelsey O’Brien to make it a 3-0 game.
Richard got one back in the bottom of the fourth when Alauryn Henegar scored on an error on a ball hit by Natalie Milewski.
Hamman extended the Falcons’ lead to three when she scored on an error in the top of the fifth.
In the sixth, DC piled on six more runs.
Zuk came home after an error on a bunt attempt by Rebecca Barnes, Angela Dunn doubled and drove in Barnes, Bacher singled and scored Dunn, Hamman scored on an error and Madeline Poirier plated both Bacher and O’Brien with a double.
Rea finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Poirer was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.
Big games also came from Bacher (2-3, 1 RBI, 2 runs,) Hamann (2-4, 1 RBI, 2 runs), Zuk (1-5, 2 runs, 1 SB) and O’Brien (2 runs, 2 BBs).
For Richard, Camryn Lozon was 3-for-3, while Henegar had one hit and scored the lone run for the hosts.
In the circle, Maddie Tripp went all seven inning for DC and struck out nine. She didn’t allow an earned run and gave up only four hits and one walk.
DC opened the second game with two first-inning runs, as Zuk scored on a passed ball and Rea drew a bases-load walk that scored Barnes. Zuk was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a triple in the game and Rea was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
In the fourth, Dunn singled and drove in Courtney Dolkowski to make it a 3-0 game.
Richard finally answered in the bottom half of the fourth and put four runs on the board.
A double from Daphne Pate scored Henegar, while Sharmaye Becraft knocked in Pate with a single, Kusiak came home after an error and a Karysma Mullins ground ball brought in Becraft to make it a 4-3 game in favor of the Pioneers.
Becraft finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Pate was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI, Mullins was 1-for-3 with an RBI, Kusiak was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and Henegar was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
DC tied the game with a two-out single from Barnes in the top of the sixth that plated Mullins. Barnes was 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
The next batter was Dunn and she hit a ball that got up in Thursday’s strong winds and carried over the fence in left field for a two-run homer.
Dunn finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. Also, Hamann was 2-for-4 in the contest.
With one run in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Pioneers cut the deficit in half, as a hit from Becraft scored Kusiak.
The team still had two runners on and no outs, but was unable to cash in again, as the next batter popped out and then a ground ball to the shortstop resulted in an inning-ending double play.
In the bottom of the seventh, Sarah Cislo singled to lead off for Richard and advanced to third after two consecutive ground balls. She was stranded there, however, as yet another ground ball ended the game. Cislo was 2-for-4 in the contest.
Dolkowski started in the circle for DC and Tripp came on late in relief. Together they allowed four earned runs, one walk and 12 hits and struck one in seven innings.
Pate threw all seven innings for the Pioneers and allowed three earned runs, nine hits and four walks.
The Falcons were scheduled to play in the New Boston Huron Invitational on Saturday and Richard was set to host Ann Arbor Richard for a doubleheader on Tuesday.