To kick off the new week, Riverview Gabriel Richard and Dearborn Divine Child squared off in a doubleheader on Monday afternoon.
Visiting Richard was victorious in both contests, as it knocked off the Falcons 4-2 in the first game and 6-2 in the nightcap.
In the opener, Emerson Cinglie started in the circle for the Pioneers (3-3, 3-3 CHSL AA) and picked up the complete-game victory. She struck out eight batters and allowed five hits, two walks and two runs (both unearned). Cinglie helped out her own cause with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with one RBI.
For the Falcons (1-3, 1-3 CHSL AA), Anna Damuth was 1-for-3 and knocked in both runs.
Alina Uicker started in the circle for Divine Child and struck out six in a full seven innings of work. She allowed three walks and four runs (3 earned).
To open the game, Kaiser reached on an error and soon after advanced to second and third on passed balls. After Sarah Collins drew a walk, Cinglie stepped to the plate and drove in Kaiser with a single.
With two runners still on, and no outs, Uicker got the next hitter to ground out and then struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
In the bottom of the first, the first three Falcons reached base as Avery Schellenberger and Savina Olada singled and Damuth walked. However, Cinglie went on to strike out the next three batters, getting a called second strike each time.
Richard stranded two runners in the second and two in the fifth, but in sixth Kaiser singled and drove in Roehrig to make it a 2-0 game.
In the top of the seventh, Cinglie and Allie Reyna led off with back-to-back singles and Megan Ratkewicz had a one-out hit to load the bases. Roehrig picked up her two RBIs with a single that plated Alyson Keathley (courtesy runner) and Reyna to bring the score to 4-0.
With one last chance, the Falcons cut the deficit in half with a two-out hit from Damuth that drove in Isa DePaulis and Schellenberger. Cinglie was able to get the next hitter to ground out and brought the game to an end.
In the nightcap, Roehrig started in the circle for Richard and struck out 13 batters in a full seven innings of work. She allowed four hits, four walks and two unearned runs. At the plate, she went 3-for-4 with a run scored.
In addition, Abby Howe was 1-for-3 with a trio of RBIs for the Pioneers, Haley Hand finished 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs and Kaiser was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run.
For Divine Child, pitcher Brooklyn Vroom started in the circle and struck out four in 5.1 innings. She allowed seven hits, one walk and four runs (2 earned). Uicker came on for the last 1.2 innings and struck out two while Richard got to her for four hits and two earned runs.
Howe opened the scoring with a two-run single in the top of the fourth that drove in Hand and Ratkewicz.
The Falcons loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning after Damuth singled, Sarah Norton walked and Macy Brigmon reached on an error with one out. However, Roehrig got a strikeout and a groundout to end the threat.
Collins and Cinglie had back-to-back singles in the fifth. Keathley came on as Collins’ courtesy runner and scored on an error to make it a 3-0 game.
Divine Child cut its deficit down to one in the bottom half of the fifth when DePaulis and Olada both scored on errors. The Pioneers committed four errors in the game and the Falcons had three. The visitors got a run back in the sixth when Kaiser plated Roehrig with a single.
In the seventh, Reyna led off with a double and scored on a single by Hand. Three batters later Hand was able to score on a groundout by Howe.
The Falcons once again mounted a threat in their last inning.
Uicker reached on an error to open the inning and DePaulis followed with a walk. After Roehrig retired the next two batters, Damuth smacked a single out to center field. With Uicker rounding third, Howe fielded the ball and fired it home to Collins in time to tag her out to wrap up the game and the doubleheader.
Both teams were to play again the next day.
Richard was scheduled to visit Farmington Hills Mercy and Divine Child was set to host Warren Regina.