April 24, 2013 - The Lady Wolves are coming back from their first set of losses with a plan for success.
Rachel Alli swings at the pitch from Davison in the Lady Wolves first game in the double header. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
"We walked away, at least I did, feeling good about what we need to do and where we need to be because we played against some really good teams," said Don Peters, head coach for Clarkston Varsity Softball team.
The girls lost to Troy last Wednesday, 3-2. Rachel Vieira hit 2-for-3 and a triple and Katie Nelson hit 2-for-2. Both had one RBI each.
Madeline Maday pitched five innings and had two strikeouts.
"There were some great plays made by both teams," said Peters. "We just didn't execute what we needed to. In some clutch pitching situations we walked a couple of batters. It made it tough for us. We had clutch plays and clutch hits. I don't know if it was the weather, the rain, the rain delays but it put it all in the mix with two really good teams together and it was a fun game. People were making great plays, runners were stealing bases. It was what we expected in a close score like that."
They also lost to Sterling Heights Stevenson on Saturday. Peters added they made some errors and had a wild pitch to end up with the loss.
"Sometimes it is more of a statement of this is what we need to do to get better," he said.
"I know they will because they work their tail off. They are going to be a force to be reckoned with this year."
They opened at home on April 16 with two wins over Davison, 11-1 and 13-0.
"It was a couple of nice wins," said Peters. "It was nice to be outside. We scored a lot of runs. Things were working out for us."
Sydney Hasselbach hit 2-for-3, hitting a home run and a double with three RBIs. Mikayla Blaska hit 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Rachel Alli hit 2-for-3 with one RBI.
Maday was the winning pitcher and had six strikeouts in four innings in the first game. Candace Kitchen pitched for two innings and had two strikeouts.
During the second game, Maday pitched for three innings and had ten strikeouts while Kitchen and Alex Favazza pitched for one inning.
"All three pitchers did a real nice job," said Peters.
The Lady Wolves head to North Farmington this Wednesday for a OAA Red league game.
"They are always tough," said Peters. "It is time to start making some corrections on some of the things we need to do."
They host Oxford in a double header on Monday beginning at 4:30 p.m.
"What we need to do is get the practices in, smell that fresh air. The games are outside, we need to practice outside," Peters added.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.