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Lady Wolves capitalize on pitching

Megan Hastings winds the pitch. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
April 27, 2011 - Megan Hastings swung her bat at the incoming pitch from Montrose and connected, at the bottom of the first inning in last Thursday's game.

She hit a double, bringing two runners in and putting Clarkston on the board.

The Girls Varsity Softball continued their streak, winning both double header games against Montrose, 11-0 and 11-1, both in five innings.

"The pitching went well," said Don Peters, head coach.

During the first game, Hastings pitched four innings with two hits and three strikeouts and Sam Hoeksema pitched one inning.

For hitting, Hastings was 3-for-4, hitting a double and had five RBIs.

"She had a huge first game," said Peters.

Sarah Altene pitched four innings during the second game and had two hits and six strikeouts. Rachel Pytel pitched for one inning and had one hit, one earned run and one strikeout.

"Sarah threw really solid during the game for the win," Peters added.

Sydney Hasselbach led in hitting, going 3-for-3 with a single, a triple and had four RBIs. Altene had a double and three RBIs. Shauna Siwicki hit a double and had one RBI.

"Sydney had a really great game," said Peters. "She hit on the top of the fifth with the bases loaded with a triple. It was cool."

The rainy weather canceled the girls' game against Royal Oak on Monday, but they are looking forward to sunny days for Wednesday and the weekend.

"We have an interesting week," said Peters, adding the girls will play enough games they can see what they need to work on.

The girls head to North Farmington for a a league game.

"It will be a nice challenge," said Peters.

Then, the girls head into the Michigan Stars Tournament in Grand Blanc for their 19th year hosting the annual event.

The girls play Roseville at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and for late risers, the next game for Clarkston is at 10:30 a.m.

"I am excited to see how well we do because there are a ton of great teams there," said Peters. "Our strength is in our pitching. We have real solid pitchers. We have depth and flexibility to do things. We look forward to the challenge.

For more information about the tournament, check

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.
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