After upending No. 3-ranked and Catholic League rival Allen Park Cabrini for a district championship last week, Riverview Gabriel Richard returned to action on Saturday in Division 3 regionals at Wixom St Catherine of Siena Academy. Joining the Pioneers and regional host Stars were Detroit Cristo Rey and Detroit Henry Ford.
-REGIONAL SEMIFINAL — RICHARD 11, CRISTO REY 0
Richard got the day started by dominating Cristo Rey 11-0 in five innings.
The Pioneers (9-18-1) recorded just eight hits officially but also benefited from seven walks and a hit batsman. The big blow was a seven-run first inning to effectively put away the Wolves early.
Five different players recorded RBIs for Richard. Haley Hand had two while Jayden Kellogg, Abby Hand, Joslyn Kaiser and Brenna Gordon all each had one. Four of the 11 runs scored by the Pioneers came on either wild pitches or passed balls, three in the first inning alone.
Richard had a total of five stolen bases in the game, as Abby Scibilia finished with two and one each came from Sharmaye Becraft, Claire Hesson and Allie Reyna.
Becraft started in the circle and threw a three-hit shutout over five innings. She struck out nine Wolves and walked only two.
-REGIONAL FINAL — RICHARD 4, ST CATHERINE 1
After locking up a spot in their first regional final game since 2014, Richard its winning streak to a season-high five games with a 4-1 victory over host St. Catherine in the finals.
Richard starter Chelsea Collins ended up pitching a no-hitter as the one run allowed in the sixth inning was unearned. Back-to-back errors by the Pioneers set up St. Catherine to drop down a sacrifice bunt and plate their only run of the game. Otherwise, Collins needed just 77 pitches to put away the Stars, striking out eight and walking one.
Offensively, Richard again got things going right away in the first inning with an RBI single from Becraft. Chelsea Collins and Abby Hand delivered run-scoring base hits in the third before Abby Hand again drove in another in the fifth.
The Pioneers finished with seven total hits. Chelsea Collins and Abby Hand each turned in two-hit games; Hesson and Sarah Collins also each had hits in the top two spots of the order. Haley Hand and Sarah Collins both scored twice.
Richard advanced to the quarterfinal stage in Division 3 and will play on Tuesday at Novi School against No. 2-ranked Dundee, who swept through the Grass Lake Regional on Saturday. Game time is set for noon. It will be the program’s first appearance in a quarterfinal since 2005.