Hard fought battle

Softball goes 1-3 during conference play

By Maddie Darling, Editorial intern
Schoolcraft was set to make their home debut on March 26 against the defending conference champs of Macomb Community College but Mother Nature had other plans. Heavy rains last week kept Ocelots from taking to the field and the doubleheader was moved to Macomb’s fields instead.
Schoolcraft’s starting pitcher for game one of the doubleheader against the Macomb Monarchs was Freshman Kerry Prowse. Prowse gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings. She also had three strikeouts and gave up one home run.
Macomb got off to a fast start by scoring one run during the first inning. Holding that lead, Macomb scored again in the fifth as well as the sixth inning. Unfortunately the Ocelots couldn’t get on the board and were unable to earn a run from their five hits, losing the game 3-0.
“With more experience I am confident we win more game later in the season,” said Head Coach Rey Linares.
Thankfully game two provided a chance for the Ocelots to redeem themselves. Starting sophomore pitcher Elaine Gerou threw a complete game, only giving up two runs on eight hits, with two strikeouts. She made it challenging for Monarchs offense to get moving.
Schoolcraft took the lead early on, scoring their first run in the second inning. Although the Monarchs surpassed the Ocelots with two runs in the third inning, the team managed to earn a second run in the fourth inning, thus tying the game. After tying up the game, the Ocelots bats got hot collecting four runs in the fifth and two in the sixth making it 8-2 Schoolcraft, which ended up being the final score.
“The victory in this game gave us more confidence to win more games in the future,” said freshman Kassidy Lipinski.
The victory was the first for the Ocelots in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA).
Jets fly past Ocelots
Schoolcraft suffered two losses in their MCCAA opener against the Jets of Jackson Community College on March 19.
Starting pitcher was Elaine Gerou pitched three innings giving up four runs on five hits with four strikeouts.
“There is always room for improvement in all aspects of the game, but we need to improve offensively to become more consistent,” said Gerou.
Schoolcraft jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning but Jackson responded with one in the bottom of the inning making 3-1 Ocelots after one.. The Ocelots padded their lead with three runs in the second but the Jets bats responded again with three of their own making it 6-4 Schoolcraft. The bottom of the third inning is when tides turned for the Ocelots, as the Jets scoring seven runs making it 11-7 in favor of the Jets. The Jets were firing on all cylinders offensively earning another run in the fourth and two in the fifth. The game was called after five innings with the Jets taking game one, 14-6.
Sophomore Sabrina Coleman came in relief for Gerou and pitched 1.1 innings taking the loss.
Game two of the double header did not go any better.
Kerry Prowse got the start for the Ocelots,. Prowse was solid shutting down the Jets offense pitching a shutout through four innings and had five strikeouts with one walk.
Both teams were deadlocked with zero runs until the Jets scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning winning the game, 2-0.
Mariah Coleman was the relief pitcher, pitching two innings. She gave up two runs on two hits with one walk.
The Ocelots are now 4-9 overall and 1-1 in the MCCAA Eastern Conference. Schoolcraft will travel to Mott College on April 5 with a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. For box scores, team schedule and rosters go to mccaa.org