2017-04-19 / Sports

Lady Knights sweep Lady Warriors to open KLAA season

BY CHRIS WALL
STAFF WRITER AND PHOTOGRAPHER

Above left: Senior Cassie Frankowiak leads the Lady Knight to a 7-1 victory over Walled Lake Western in game one of a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 12. Above right: Walled Lake Northern’s All- State second baseman Hannah Bunker drives the ball to left field in the 7-1 win over Walled Lake Western in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 12 at Western.What’s the best way to open the KLAA softball season? Sweep your crosstown rival on the road. That’s exactly what Walled Lake Northern did under sunny skies on Wednesday afternoon.

The Lady Knights carved out a 7-1 victory over Walled Lake Western in game one and came back in the nightcap to take a 12-2 victory to start the last KLAA season at 2-0. Senior Cassie Frankowiak and freshman Allisa DiPrima combined to fire a four hitter in the opener. Frankowiak struck out six, while DiPrima, who pitched the last two innings, struck out two.

Walled Lake Northern’s All- State second baseman Hannah Bunker drives the ball to left field in the 7-1 win over Walled Lake Western in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 12 at Western.Walled Lake Northern’s All- State second baseman Hannah Bunker drives the ball to left field in the 7-1 win over Walled Lake Western in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 12 at Western.
The host Warriors opened the scoring in the first inning as Sophia Brenner scored on an error to give the Lady Warriors a 1-0 lead.

Ashley Komosinski hammered a single in the top of the second to drive in Mackenzie Knight and Kaycee Loehr to go ahead 2-1. She came home on a fielder’s choice as Northern led 3-1. This was all the Lady Knights needed to pick up their first KLAA win.

Northern added two runs in the top of the fourth thanks to singles by Kelsey Stachowski and Mackenzie Muncy, a sacrifice bunt by Camryn Ciaramiatro and a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Courtney Callahan to lead 6-1.

“It’s our second game of the year, so I feel like we played well,” said Coach Kristen Woodard. “We need to hit a lot better and work on some miscues on defense, but it was an okay start. Both pitchers did very well and kept them off balance.”

Callahan led the potent Northern offense with two hits and two stolen bases, while Sam Harris and Komosinski both had two RBIs in the first game.

In the second game of the afternoon, the Knights erupted for 12 runs in just five innings to pick up a 12-2 victory. All-State second baseman Hannah Bunker, freshman Kaycee Loehr and freshman Jenna Kroll paced the Knights’ offense with three hits apiece.

Pitchers Knight and DiPrima combined on the mound for the win allowing only two runs. Julia Barrett paced the Warriors offense with two hits, including a double.

Walled Lake Western (1-3 KLAA, 2-5) dropped two games on Saturday against Livonia Churchill. After hosting Howell (1-0 KLAA, 5-0), the Warriors make the short trip to Walled Lake Central (0-3 KLAA, 0-3) to battle their neighborhood rivals.

After hosting Hartland (2-1 KLAA, 2-1) on Monday afternoon, the Knights (3-0 KLAA, 3-0) welcome Lakeland (3-0 KLAA, 3-0) this afternoon for a doubleheader in the “Battle of Bogie Lake Road.”

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