Danielle Williams has been helping her players dig into the psychology of what makes a good hitter.
The St. Mary Catholic Central coach believes those lessons are taking hold.
Certainly, junior Avery Dalton has been a quick study.
Dalton crushed three home runs Tuesday to lead SMCC to a pair of victories over Riverview 10-3 and 14-10.
"We had a great day today," Williams said. "We have really been working on our hitting mentality – staying in control and trusting ourselves. I think it is really starting to pay off. I am so proud of these girls; they don't give up and they truly enjoy this game."
The first game was the conclusion of a contest that had been postponed in the fourth inning earlier this season at Riverview due to bad weather.
Junior Alayna Pinkelman earned the win, allowing just three hits to the Pirates while striking out 15. She also helped her own cause at the plate, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBI.
Dalton hit the first of her three home runs on the day in that game and finished with three hits. Emma Gessner was 2-for-3.
Dalton stayed hot in game two.
She went 2-for-3 with two home runs – both in the fifth inning – and five RBI.
SMCC led 2-1 after three innings before the Pirates took control of the game.
"The next inning, Riverview strung together a couple of hits and took the lead at 6-2," Williams said. "I told my girls to stick to the game plan. We can hit to stay disciplined and chip away. That next inning we exploded and scored 12 runs."
Pinkelman was 3-for-4 with two doubles, Camryn Carns had two hits and four RBI, and Gessner added two hits and two RBI while playing strong defense at third base. Williams also was impressed with the defensive play of freshman Abby Lechy at shortstop.
"She is a freshman, but she is really becoming one of our leaders and playing with a lot of confidence out there," Williams said.
Dundee atop league
HUDSON – Dundee remained locked in a tie for first place in the Lenawee County Athletic Association with a doubleheader sweep Tuesday at Hudson. The Vikings won 15-0 and 7-2.
Kaylee Imo earned both wins, pitching a two-hitter with five strikeouts in the opener and then adding no earned runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts in the second game.
McKenna Salley had six hits with two doubles and four RBI, Emily Killion had four hits with a triple and three RBI, Kennedy Irwin had three hits, a walk and four runs, Kelsey Schmidt collected three hits and two RBI, and Shay VanZandt added three hits and two RBI.
Dundee is tied with Clinton for first place in the league. The two teams will meet for a doubleheader Monday.
Ida’s Hennessey excels
IDA – Reese Hennessey went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 runs and 4 RBI in the second game as Ida completed a 10-5 14-9 sweep of Brooklyn Columbia Central Tuesday.
Summer Smith added two hits and she and McKenna Terry drove in two runs each to support winning pitcher Hailey Lambert.
Kelsey Stein collected three hits in the first game and Smith, Hennessey and Olivia Scheer added two apiece. Smith and Makayla Healy each drove in two runs and Tarry got the win.
Vikings come up empty
HUDSON – Dundee scattered 14 hits over two games but could not deliver with runners on the bases as Hudson swept the doubleheader 2-1 and 2-0 Tuesday.
Dundee outhit Hudson 7-5 in the first game but did not score until the ninth inning while trailing 2-0. The Vikings left five runners stranded in the contest. Matt Atkinson pitched well, allowing two runs on five hits and no walks over six innings with two strikeouts.
Dundee outhit Hudson 7-4 but left eight runners on base in Game Two. Evan Imo pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Ethan Layton got the final out on a strikeout.
On the day, Imo collected four hits and a run to lead Dundee offensively, and Trevor Schroeder added three hits.
Ida rallies to sweep
IDA – Ida scored four times in the seventh inning to complete an 8-4, 4-3 sweep of Brooklyn Columbia Central Tuesday.
Jaeden Gianino had two hits and Cam Riegel scored twice.
Noah Adkins drove in two runs as Ida scored three times in the opening inning of the first game and won 4-3 behind strong pitching from Jaxon Millican and Dean Thomas.
PREP TRACK & FIELD
Mason, Morenci split
MORENCI – Erie Mason's boys won 11 of 17 events to defeat Morenci 83-54 in the Tri-County Conference dual Tuesday. Morenci won the girls meet 72-64.
Winners for Mason's boys were Jackson Ansel (400, 1,600), Chris Worden (high jump, long jump), Parker Campbell (3,200), Louden Murbach (high hurdles), Logan Goodin (low hurdles), Bryce Gardiner (discus), and Alex Langenderfer (pole vault).
The Eagles also won the 400 relay (Aiden McMullen, Shane Pauwels, Grant Shadler, Landen Nastale), and the 1,600 relay (Jacob Stubleski, Cooper Kinsey, Gavin Larrow, Jacob Ansel).
Mason's girls were led by wins from Kaylie Bash (100, 200, high hurdles), Bailey Meiring (3,200, pole vault), Beth Sweeney (low hurdles, high jump), the 400 relay (Abbigail England, Jenna Wright, Mikaela Graves, Sweeney), and the 800 relay (England, Wright, Graves, Sweeney).
Milan tops Flat Rock
FLAT ROCK – Milan's girls defeated Flat Rock 77-51 Tuesday to improve to 5-2 this season.
Winners for Milan were Cami Heath (100, low hurdles), Jenna Griffin (long jump), Courtney Nye (high jump), Anastasia Hill (high hurdles), Hannah Segrist (400), and Lauren Fairbanks (200).
The Bigs Reds swept the relays with wins in the 400 relay (Griffin, Fairbanks, Emma Budd, Ryan Legier), 800 relay (Griffin, Fairbanks, Budd, Segrist), 1,600 relay (Segrist, Budd, Bri Smallwood, Heath), and the 3,200 relay (Claire Baker, Smallwood, Ella Racette, Mya Ross).
Marissa Beck was runner-up in the shot-put and discus, Lilly Rader (3,200) and Smallwood (1,600) were runners-up, and Baker finished third in the 800.
Carlson boys soar
GIBRALTAR – Gibraltar Carlson’s boys scored 100 points to easily outdistance Downriver League foes Allen Park (46.5) and Trenton (28.5) Tuesday.
The Marauders were led by Ben Przytula, who won both throws. The rest of the laurels were spread around with Mikey Owens (200), Aidan Bowdler (400). Carson Blake (800), Jon Anderson (3,200), Cody Britt (high hurdles), Caleb Greear (pole vault) and Van Price (long jump) all winning.
Carlson’s girls scored 73 points to finish behind Allen Park (93) and ahead of Trenton (9) as Elyse Miller won the 100 and 200 meters and Emily Perry swept the hurdles.
The Marauders also got a win from Grace Norton in the 3,200 and won the 400 (Emily Pett, Andria Konczal, Maraya Finklea and Riley Ivy), 800 (Meado Cioccio, Konczal, Ivy, Finklea), 1,600 (Lauren Wilson, Brooke Cifaldi, Kylie Iwasko Norton) and 3,200 (Amanda Balinski, Arianna Pate, Cifaldi, Iwasko) relays.
McGregor leads Jets
CARLETON – Senior Connor McGregor scored a 4-over-par 40 to lead Airport to a 170-204 win over Flat Rock Tuesday.
The Jets had the top five scores along with Jake Trythall (42), Collin Lackey (44), Ethan Janiszewski (44), and Cole McBeath (46).
Freshmen Evan Little (49) and Mitchell Smith (50) led Flat Rock.
Milan drops dual
RIVERIVEW – Riverview defeated Milan 168-210 Tuesday. Freshman Max Jenness led Milan with a 44.
This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Local Sports: SMCC's Dalton clears fences three times in doubleheader sweep