Pioneers snare wins over softball rivals

Gabriel Richard hit and pitched its way to a doubleheader sweep of Dearborn Divine Child and a doubleheader split with Cabrini. Photo by Larry Caruso

It’s been a positive start to the season for Gabriel Richard, which recently snared victories in three of four games against two of its fiercest softball rivals.

First, the Pioneers divided a doubleheader with Cabrini and then did that one better by sweeping a twinbill from Dearbiorn Divine Child.

The wins over DC were especially satisfying.

The Pioneers beat the Falcons 4-2 in the first game and came right back and won thew second 6-2.

In the opener, Emerson Cinglie was the star of the show. Not only did Cinglie pitch a complete game, scattering five hits and striking out eight, but she also was a standout at the plate, helping her own cause with three hits and an RBI. Both of the DC runs against Cinglie were unearned.

Richard pounded out 11 hits in the game, led by Carsyn Roehrig and Joslyn Kaiser, who combined for four hits and three RBI.

The Pioneers scored single runs in the first and sixth inning and two in the seventh to build a 4-0 lead and that was enough to stave off Divine Child’s two-run, bottom-of-the-seventh rally.

In the nightcap, Roehrig matched Cinglie’s performance. Roehrig started, went the distance and fanned 13. At the plate, she was 3-for-4 with a run scored.

Center fielder Abby Howe had three RBIs in the game and also had the defensive play of the day when she gunned down a Divine Child runner at the plate for the final out of the second game.

Against Cabrini, the Pioneers won the first game by a 9-7 count, but dropped the second game 1-0.

The Pioneers also swept a doubleheader from Ann Arbor Greenhills earlier this season, but some of their other games have not gone as well as they’ve been shut out by Farmington Hills Mercy (twice), Warren Regina and in a rematch with Cabrini.

As the Pioneers work their way through the remainder of the regular season, they have their eye on the upcoming Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs.

The Pioneers begin playoff action by hosting  a Division 3 district tournament.

Joining the Pioneers there will be Dearborn Heights Robichaud, Detroit Community and Ecorse.