After capturing a third straight district title a week earlier, Riverview Gabriel Richard headed into the regional round of the state tournament on Saturday.
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Host Richard faced a tough Orchard Lake St. Mary’s side in the final and held on for a 5-1 victory and his third regional title in as many seasons. Earlier in the day, the Pioneers outscored Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 12-0 in the semifinals of what was Division 4, Region 31.
Next up for Richard was a battle with perennial powerhouse Unionville-Sebewaing on Tuesday in a D4 State quarter-final match.
In the final, Carsyn Roehrig started in the circle and struck out 11 batters. The second allowed six hits, two walks and one earned run. At home plate, she went 3 for 4 with a run batted in and a run scored.
Also for the Pioneers, Haley Hand went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and scored once. Emerson Cinglie finished 1 for 4 and she drove in a race.
Allie Reyna scored a single in the top of the first inning and then came home on a Roehrig single to give Richard a 1-0 lead.
Roehrig hit a one-out single in the top of the sixth and Abby Howe reached on a two-out error. Hand stepped in and kicked a brace that scored both runners and made it a 3-0 game.
An error on a fly ball hit by Megan Ratkewicz allowed Hand to score and the Pioneers took a four-point lead.
St. Mary’s scored a run in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI single from Macy Ward. At that time, the Aiglons had the bases loaded and only one exit. However, Roehrig came out of trouble with a pair of strikeouts.
The hosts added an insurance run in the top half of the seventh as Maddi Conrad singled and then entered on a Cinglie single hit.
With one last chance, the OLSM put two runners down at the end of the seventh but a ball on the ground ended the round and the party was on for the Pioneers.
Earlier in the day, Cinglie started in the circle and hit a no-hitter against Lutheran Northwest. She struck out 11 batters and walked just one in six innings of work. She was also 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs.
Richard had a one-run lead through the first four innings before scoring two in the fifth and then exploding for nine the next inning. The Pioneers sent a total of 13 batters to the plate in the sixth inning.
Ratkewicz finished the 1-on-3 game with a triple and she had three RBIs and two runs scored.
Annelise McWilliams went 1 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs.
Reyna was 1 for 3 with a double and she had two RBIs and a run scored.
Conrad had a 2-for-4 performance on the flat with an RBI and a run.
Hand doubled and scored three times while Roehrig also hit a double and crossed home plate once in the win.
The Pioneers were scheduled to face the United States at 5:30 p.m. With a win, Richard would face Pickford or Hilman on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in a state semifinal at Michigan State University.