LIVE: Dundee in state championship

Monroe News photo by Tom Hawley

Monroe News photo by Tom Hawley

Dundee’s softball team racked up 13 hits, including a pair of no-doubt home runs, to power past Allen Park Cabrini 11-5 in the Division 3 state semifinals Friday. Dundee will make it first-ever appearance in the state finals at 10 a.m. Saturday, taking on perennial power Unionville Sebewaing in the state championship game.

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Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:55 am

A strikeout ends the game and gives Dundee a state title.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:53 am

The runner moves to second on a wild pitch. Mickey Moody is on the field talking to Ewing.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:51 am

A walk gives USA a baserunner.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:50 am

Dundee is one out from its first state title.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:50 am

A popout to Ewing is the second out.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:49 am

A flyout to Burd in center field is out No. 1.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:46 am

Tehya Nickell flies out to left to end the Dundee half of the ninth. The Vikings take a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:45 am

It’s 3-0 Dundee in the ninth inning.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:44 am

Ewing blasts a three-run homer.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:43 am

Kimble is walked intentionally. Ewing at the plate.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:42 am

Rachor doubles to left on a sinking drive to left.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:39 am

Burd strikes out.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:39 am

Rojem hits a foul fly to right that Lexi Pitcher tracks down on a nice catch.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:37 am

Brittani Rojem is pinch hitting for Phillips.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:37 am

Dundee will have Kayle Phillips leading off ninth, followed by the top of the order Khali Burd and Hannah Rachor.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:36 am

A strikeout ends the eighth inning.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:34 am

A grounder to Rachor becomes the second out of the bottom of the eighth.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:34 am

Ashlyn VanHoost flies out to left.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:31 am

USA will be sending up its 2, 3 and 4 hitters in the bottom of the eighth.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:31 am

Danielle Nickell pops out to short, ending the top of the eighth.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:31 am

Musial grounds out to second.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:29 am

Campbell strikes out. Shaunna Musial at the plate.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:28 am

Kali Campbell leading off the eighth.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:28 am

Seven-inning totals:
Dundee 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on base.
USA 0 runs, 4 hits, 2 errors, 7 left on base.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:26 am

Allison Hoppe files out to Burd in center field. We are headed to extra innings.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:26 am

Lexi Pitcher re-enters to run for Eurich.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:25 am

A walk puts runners on first and third with two outs.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:24 am

Pinch hitter McKenzie Eurich

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:24 am

A grounder to third. Kimble checks the runner back and goes to first for the second out.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:22 am

Katelynn Gremel sacrifices Treiber to third. Mickey Moody comes into the circle to discuss defensive strategy with his team.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:20 am

Erica Treiber leads off the bottom of the seventh with a double.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:18 am

Bottom of the seventh, hitters 6, 7 and 8 due up for USA.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:17 am

USA catches a break. Kimble tries to score on a pitch that got by the catcher, but it bounced right back to the catcher and she was caught in a rundown.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:16 am

Kali Campbell at the plate.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:16 am

Tehya Nickell pops up foul to third for the second out.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:13 am

She is shaking her left hand. Apparently she jammed it into the base.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:13 am

Ewing sacrifices and Kimble goes all the way over to third. She is shaken up on the slide.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:11 am

She went back to the dugout briefly, but now is coming back out to hit.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:11 am

Ewing tries to bunt and fouls the ball back into her face, apparently slipping under the mask on her helmet.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:10 am

Kimble beats out an infield hit on a chopper over the pitcher’s head.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:09 am

Due up for Dundee in the seventh: Haleigh Kimble, Vanessa Ewing, Tehya Nickell.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:08 am

Ewing ends the sixth inning with her 13th strikeout. We head to the seventh in a 0-0 tie.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:06 am

Danielle Nickell snags a liner at second base for the second out.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:04 am

An even dozen strikeouts for Ewing, one out in the sixth.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:03 am

The heart of the USA lineup, hitters 3, 4 and 5 are due up in the sixth.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:02 am

Rachor bounces out to third base. Still 0-0 after five and a half innings.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:01 am

Khali Burd grounds to short and is out on a close play at first base.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:00 am

Kayle Phillips strikes out to begin the sixth inning.

Niles Kruger June 15, 201310:00 am

Five-inning totals:
Dundee 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors 2 left on base.
USA 0 runs, 3 hits, 2 errors, 5 left on base.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:57 am

Ashlyn VanHoost hit a long drive to left field. Tehya Nickell came in a few steps, but was able to retreat and track the ball down in front of the fence.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:56 am

Lead-off hitter Allison Hoppe walks. USA has runners on first and second with two outs.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:55 am

Ewing records her 11th strikeout.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:53 am

Jennifer Winshell singles to right field. She is on first base with one out.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:52 am

Danielle Nickell grabs a foul pop up for the first out in the bottom of the fifth.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:49 am

Rojem is picked off at first base and Nickell grounds out to first base to end the top of the fifth.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:48 am

Shaunna Musial pops out to second base. Rojem stays at first.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:47 am

Kali Campbell is hit by a pitch. Brittani Rojem comes in as a courtesy runner at first base.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:45 am

Due up for Dundee in the fifth: Kali Campbell, Shaunna Musial and Danielle Nickell.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:45 am

A pop up to Ewing ends the fourth inning. It is still 0-0.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:44 am

Make it 10 whiffs for Ewing.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:43 am

Ewing notches strikeout No. 9.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:41 am

Hitters 4, 5 and 6 due up for USA in the bottom of the fourth.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:41 am

Nickell pops out to first base to end Dundee’s fourth inning.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:40 am

Vanessa Ewing strikes out. Tehya Nickell is up with two outs.

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Haleigh Kimble sacrifices Rachor to second base.

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Hannah Rachor starts the fourth with her second hit, an infield single in the hole at short.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:36 am

Three inning totals:
Dundee 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 left on base.
USA 0 runs, 2 hits, 2 errors, 3 left on base.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:35 am

Strikeout No. 8 ends the third inning.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:34 am

Ewing racks up her third strikeout.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:33 am

Dundee catcher Kali Campbell catches a foul pop up for the first out in the bottom of the third.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:31 am

The top of the order is coming up for USA in the bottom of the third.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:31 am

Burd is caught stealing.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:30 am

Khali Burd grounds to third and Phillips is forced out at second. Burd is on first with two outs.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:29 am

Sorry for the delay, slight technical difficulty. Danielle grounded out to second to start the third, then Kayle Phillips was safe on an error as she tried to bunt her way on base.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:25 am

Ewing ends the inning with her sixth strikeout. It is 0-0 after two innings.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:23 am

Jennifer Winshell walks on four pitches.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:22 am

Ewing goes 3-0 on Katelynn Gremel, but comes back for her fifth straight strikeout.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:21 am

Ewing strikes out her counterpart, USA pitcher Erica Treiber, to open the bottom of the second.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:18 am

Musial takes a called third strike to end Dundee’s second inning.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:17 am

Kali Campbell bounces out to first, Nickell moves to second. Shaunna Musial at the plate.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:16 am

Nickell is safe on an error.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:15 am

Ewing bounces back to the pitcher, bringing up Tehya Nickell.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:14 am

Vanessa Ewing leads off the second for Dundee.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:13 am

What a job Ewing did to extract herself from that jam.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:12 am

A third strikeout ends the threat.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:12 am

Another strikeout makes it runners at second and third with two outs.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:11 am

Vanessa Ewing strikes out Stephanie Neuman for the first out.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:10 am

Both runners move up on a wild pitch.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:08 am

USA’s Ashlyn VanHoost bloops a single to center that Khali Burd almost caught on a diving attempt. Hoppe stayed at second.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:07 am

Hoppe moves to second on a wild pitch.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:06 am

Allison Hoppe beats out an infield hit to open the game for USA.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:02 am

Haleigh Kimble drives the ball to shortstop and it is turned into a doubleplay as Rachor is trapped off first.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:01 am

Hannah Rachor beats out an infield hit on a slow roller to second base.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20139:00 am

Khali Burd steps in the box to start the state championship game and grounds out to third on the first pitch.

Megan Drabek June 15, 20138:52 am

-Monroe News photo by Tom Hawley
Khali Burd puts eye black onto catcher Kali Campbell before taking the infield.

Megan Drabek June 15, 20138:51 am

-Monroe News by Tom Hawley
Dundee’s head coach Mickey Moody sits as he watches his starting pitcher, Vanessa Ewing, warm up on another diamond before the Division 3 state finals at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20138:50 am

Dundee has completed its infield session and the umpires are meeting with captains and coaches at home plate. We are about ready to start.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20138:38 am

USA is taking infield now.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20138:32 am

I just had a brief conversation with Dundee coach Mickey Moody. He says his girls are “ready.” I asked him him for his scouting report on USA and he said simply, “They can hit.”

Niles Kruger June 15, 20138:30 am

Here is the USA lineup:
1. Allison Hoppe, cf
2. Ashlyn VanHoost, c
3. Stephanie Neuman, 2b
4. Chelsey Bitzer, 1b
5. Breanna Dismore, 3b
6. Erica Treiber, p
7. Katelynn Gremel, ss
8. Jennifer Winshell, dh
9. Lexi Pitcher, rf

Niles Kruger June 15, 20138:28 am

If you remember Dundee’s lineup from yesterday, you know today’s lineup. Nothing has changed. Here it is:
1. Khali Burd, cf
2. Hannah Rachor, ss
3. Haleigh Kimble, 3b
4. Vanessa Ewing, p
5. Tehya Nickell, lf
6. Kali Campbell, c
7. Shaunna Musial, 1b
8. Danielle Nickell, 2b
9. Kayle Phillips, rf

Niles Kruger June 15, 20138:04 am

Unionville-Sebewaing, better known as USA, has won the toss and will be the home team today. I am sure that doesn’t bother Dundee coach Mickey Moody. He likes to hit first in big games.

Niles Kruger June 15, 20138:02 am

I am back here in the press box at Bailey Park in Battle Creek for today’s Division 3 state championship game between Dundee and Unionville-Sebewaing. The first pitch is scheduled for 10 a.m. — about an hour from now.

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