The 14U Grosse Pointe Diamonds are, front row from left, Emily Langel, Allie Blaine, Olivia Randazzo and Michele DeGrez; second row from left, coach Amanda Lanzon, Kaitlyn Snyder, Brynn Perron, Kayla Kettler, Caitlyn Knorp, Rebecca Alway, Michaela Kirck, Lynlee Duquet and Rachel Malinowski; and back row from left, coach Ron Smith and coach Scott Snyder. Photo courtesy of Ron Smith
July 24, 2014The Grosse Pointe Diamonds 14U girls' fastpitch softball travel team recently won the Yale Explosion tournament.
In game one, the Diamonds, behind winning pitcher Brynn Perron, scored two runs in the first inning on hits from Michele DeGrez and Kaitlyn Snyder. In the fourth inning, Rebecca Alway doubled and scored on Michaela Kirck's double and in the fifth, Kayla Kettler walked, advanced to second on a bunt by Olivia Randazzo and scored on Rachel Malinowski's triple.
The Impact scored a run in the first and three in the sixth to send the game to an international tiebreaker with each team starting its at-bat with a runner on third base, a 1-1 count on the batter and one out.
Kirck started the Diamonds' extra inning on third and scored on Emily Langel's ground out.
In the Impact's at bat, DeGrez fielded a ground ball, tagged the runner and held the girl at third base. She caught a pop up for the final out to send the Diamonds to the victory.
Game two was against host Yale. Alway earned the win on the mound and Perron earned the save in the 2-1 victory.
Alway was 2-for-2 with an RBI to lead the offense, while Allie Blaine, Snyder and Langel had singles.
The wins put the Diamonds into the championship game in which they beat the Impact 11-4.
Perron was the winning pitcher and the Diamonds' offense was led by Snyder, who was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and one RBI. Alway and Caitlin Knorp were each 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while DeGrez was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Perron was also 2-for-3 with one RBI, while Kirck and Malinowski had hits, scored runs and drove in a couple of runs.
Langel also had a hit and an RBI as the team dedicated the tournament title to injured teammate Lynlee Duquet.