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Liggett junior Zarine Minwalla is off to a nice start on the mound for the 11-3 Knights. photo by Bob Bruce.

May 08, 2014
The University Liggett girls' softball team improved to 4-0 in the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference last week, beating Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 11-4.

The Knights are making it a habit of mopping up with MIAC competition and this was another case of that with senior Angelia Evangelista going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and sophomore Emily Kanakry going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three doubles.

Senior Emma Nicholas was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI, and junior Taylor Slayton was 2-for-4 with one run.

Freshman Emily Miserendino was also 2-for-3 with a run and RBI to help junior Zarine Minwalla earn the win on the mound. She pitched seven innings, giving up nine hits, three earned runs, two walk and three strikeouts.

The Knights also blasted Chippewa Valley 11-1 behind an awesome offensive outburst. Kanakry, Evangelista, Nicholas and junior Kacie Wuthrich each had two hits.

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Wuthrich hit a home run and sophomore Anna Majewski drove in a couple of runs.

Slayton also had a hit and Minwalla was the winning pitcher, throwing five innings and giving up six hits, zero earned runs and only one walk.

Last weekend, Liggett competed in the Birch Run Tournament. The defending tourney champs finished 1-1, losing 12-8 to Rogers City and beating Bridgeport 16-1.

"We didn't play very well defensively against Rogers City, but the girls battled back and made a game of it," head coach Ted Alpert said.

Kanakry suffered the loss on the mound, going five innings. She gave up 14 hits, only three earned runs, three walks and two strikeouts. She was solid at the bat, going 2-for-3 with two runs, three RBIs, one double and one homer.

Evangelista and Wuthrich also had two hits apiece, and Nicholas had a solo homer.

The hitter of the game was Miserendino, who was 3-for-3 with one run and one RBI.

Kanakry bounced back against Bridgeport, tossing a two-hitter with four strikeouts in four innings on the mound, plus was 2-for-3 at the plate with a run and an RBI.

Five players had two hits, including Majewski, Evangelista, Wuthrich and Miserendino. Slayton led the way with three hits, three runs and four RBIs.

Freshman Sasha Jovanovski walked twice and scored twice as Liggett improved to 11-3 overall.

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