FLINT TWP. — Carman-Ainsworth christened its new dugouts and lit up its new scoreboard with a 12-3, 15-0 sweep of Lapeer East in the softball season opener last Friday.
The Cavaliers are now housed in spacious, state-of-the-art dugouts and play in the shadow of a huge scoreboard in right field. They kept the scorekeeper busy with 27 runs in just seven at-bats against the Eagles.
Keri Crane won the first game, striking out five. Katlyn Koegel had two hits and three RBI, Jennie Klapko added two hits and a RBI, and Meghan Borgerding drove in two runs. The game was shortened to five innings by mutual consent of the coaches, after East lost its ace pitcher to illness.
Jessica McClung pitched a threeinning no-hitter in the nightcap, getting the final out when right fielder Kelsey Ferguson fielded an apparent single and threw out the runner at first base.
Koegel started the offense with a tworun homer and Kinterra Tomlin followed with a triple to ignite a five-run first inning. The Cavs, aided by numerous walks, added eight runs in the second inning and ended the game in the third when a bases-loaded walk made it 15-0, invoking the mercy rule. Samantha Johnston had a double, Crane lashed her second double of the day, and Jessica Smith had a two-run single.
Carman-Ainsworth opened Big Nine Conference play Monday with a pair of five-inning losses to visiting Flushing, 12-0 and 13-0. Crane had two hits in the second game.
The Lady Cavs played at Linden last night and will host Imlay City today.