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April 29, 2013

North Farmington softball sweeps Groves in Monday doubleheader

By Mike Moore
C & G Sports Writer

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North Farmington softball sweeps Groves in Monday doubleheader
North Farmington's Lauren Fish rips into a pitch during Monday's contest with Groves. The Raiders won the first game 2-0 and the second 8-4.

FARMINGTON HILLS — They were two very different games with two identical results.

And that made for a good Monday afternoon for the North Farmington softball team.

“It was good to get a couple wins here,” Raiders coach Dave Brubaker said after his team swept Beverly Hills Groves in a doubleheader. “We were missing some girls due to injury, so we had to find ways to win a couple.”

The Raiders got a stellar pitching performance from Alexa Cherney in the first game, holding the Falcons to just three hits while striking out 10 in a 2-0 victory.

North Farmington got the game’s only two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a two-RBI double by Megan Keller.

“We just couldn’t hit,” Groves coach Ryan Minarik said. “It was a tough one for us, and then they found a way to get a couple runs.”

In the second game, North Farmington saw its bats come to life a bit more and grabbed an 8-4 win.

The Raiders scored three times in the third, three in the fourth and twice more in the fifth.

Elizabeth Sullivan went 3-for-4 with a double, to lead the way.

Breanna Paholak added three hits as well, while Cherney struck out nine hitters, running her record in the circle to 5-1.

“I liked how we swung the bats,” Brubaker said, as North Farmington is 5-1 on the season. “We came out and played well.”

Savannah Tatum had two hits for Groves (5-6), while Andea MacMichael had a single, a triple and a stolen base.

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