By David Troppens
The Fenton varsity softball team entered its Division 1 district tournament at Swartz Creek understanding they were the favorites.
To say the Tigers took care of business may be an understatement.
The Tigers crushed their district foes, defeating Flushing 7-1 in the semifinal and then defeating Swartz Creek 15-0 in the title game, earning the squad the district title.
“We had energy throughout the week and the looseness and fun,” Fenton varsity softball coach Ken Brant said. “This entire group had each other’s backs.
“You never know what tourneys can bring, as many of the top teams did not advance. This group is definitely led by our captains Cadyn Reger and Jess Dunkel, and its important with a young team.”
The Tigers went 4-0 between the squads during regular season action, but that can mean little during tournament play where it is one off game and a squad is done. The Tigers made sure that they didn’t allow any upsets, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning of the semifinal contest against Flushing. The inning started with a walk to Lily Turkowski and an error off of Sophie Collins’s bat, plating Turkowski. Madi Best hit an RBI-single and Jessica Dunkel followed with a single. An out later, Lauren Miller and Megan McDermott hit back-to-back RBI-singles, giving the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
Flushing scored a run in the fourth, cutting the gap to 4-1, but the Tigers scored two more in the bottom of the fourth. The rally started with two out. Turkowski singled, Collins walked and Best walked, loading the bases. Dunkel followed with a two-run single, The final Fenton run was plated in the seventh. Miller plated Dunkel, who singled, with her RBI-single.
Jordyn Bommersbach went the distance on the mound, allowing just the one run over seven innings.
The Tigers needed just three innings to earn the 15-run mercy rule against the Swartz Creek Dragons in the district championship contest.
The Tigers scored five runs in the first. Chloe Lefever began the threat by reaching base on an error. Collins followed with an RBI-double and Dunkel followed that hit with an RBI-triple. Best had an RBI-single. Turkowski reached base on a fielder’s choice play that got nobody out, and Kariana Pelkey hit a two-run single. The Tigers led 5-0.
Fenton added two more runs in the second when Collins singled and was plated by the Tigers’ only home run of the tournament, a two-run shot by Dunkel. Finally, in the third inning, the Tigers scored eight more runs. Miller singled and Evelyn Krusniak reached on an error. Adrie Staib singled in the first run, and an out later, Collins hit an RBI-single. Turkowski chipped in a two-run single and Emma Maynard and Krusniak had RBI-singles.