Allen Park Cabrini headed to Riverview Gabriel Richard on Tuesday and swept the rival Pioneers in a doubleheader.
The Monarchs took the first game by a score of 2-1 and won the nightcap 3-1.
In the opener, Cabrini (8-2, 6-2 CHSL A) pitcher Mackenzie Noah struck out 17 batters en route to the victory. She allowed four hits, three walks and one earned run in seven full innings of work.
For Richard (2-7, 2-6 CHSL A), pitcher Chelsea Collins struck out six batters and allowed six hits, one walk and two earned runs in a complete-game effort. She was also 2-for-3 at the plate and drove in the Pioneers’ lone run.
The Monarchs’ Madison Buerkle blasted a solo homerun in the top of the second inning to put her team up 1-0.
Neither squad got on the board again until the Monarchs’ Wyndhem Reid singled in the top of the sixth and plated Ella Nowc to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage. Nowc was in as a courtesy runner for Noah, who reached with a one-out single.
In the bottom of the sixth, Madi Conrad hit a one-out double for the Pioneers. Up next was Allie Reyna, who drew a walk and represented the go-ahead run.
Collins stepped to the plate next and hit a double that allowed Conrad to come home and put Richard on the board.
Collins’ double also left the Pioneers with runners on second and third and only one out. However, Noah struck out the next batter and then got a ground ball to end the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, Richard quickly put the potential tying run on base, thanks to a leadoff single from Haley Hand. Noah promptly shut down the threat, as she fanned the next three hitters and secured Cabrini’s one-run victory.
Both starting pitchers also went the distance in Tuesday’s second contest.
For the Monarchs, Noah finished with 12 strikeouts and allowed four hits, one walk and one earned run on the way to her second win of the day.
Collins struck out four batters for the Pioneers and gave up six hits and five walks. None of the Cabrini runs were earned. At the plate, she finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
Similar to the first game, the Monarchs scored a second-inning run and then neither team got on the board again until late in the game.
In the top of the second, Cabrini’s Kaleigh Muglia scored on an error on a ball hit by Buerkle to give the Monarchs the early 1-0 lead. Muglia had reached base on a fielder’s choice and moved to third after a Reid double.
Cabrini threatened to score in each of the next four innings, but Collins and the Pioneers worked out the jam each time.
In the bottom of the fifth, Brenna Gordon led off with a walk for the Pioneers and moved to second after a sacrifice bunt from Abby Scibilia. Up next was Jayden Kellogg, who doubled and knocked in Gordon to even things up at 1-1.
Collins opened the bottom of the sixth with a double and then a sacrifice bunt by Joslyn Kaiser advanced her to third.
Once again Noah came up big for Cabrini in the circle, this time with back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning.
With one out in the top of the seventh, Lillian Vallimont singled for the Monarchs and advanced to second after an error on a ball hit by Noah.
Muglia grounded out for the second out, but it advanced both runners.
Another error, this one on a ball hit by Reid, allowed for Vallimont to score from third. On the same play, Nowc (courtesy runner) also raced home and she slid in safely to put her squad up 3-1.
A 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh capped off the sweep for Cabrini.
Next on the schedule for the Monarchs was a home doubleheader on Friday against Farmington Hills Mercy. The Pioneers were set for two games at Warren Regina the same day.