Article Courtesy of www.miprepzone.com/thenewsherald, 5-16-16
After missing out on a division title last week, Allen Park Cabrini knew it had a chance for redemption in the CHSL playoffs.
Standing in the way, however, was a first-round battle on Monday with powerhouse Livonia Ladywood, which came into the game ranked No. 1 in the state in Division 2.
The Monarchs, who are ranked No. 8 in Division 3, manufactured a run early and then held on for a 1-0 victory and kept their CHSL A-B Tournament championship hopes alive.
Next up for Cabrini is a trip to Farmington Hills Mercy for the semifinals and the winner will play Monday at University of Detroit Jesuit for the championship.
Starting pitcher Nadia Hazimeh came up big for the Monarchs, as she went the distance and allowed only three hits and two walks to a Ladywood squad that crushed Cabrini 16-3 last spring.
“She executed her pitches virtually all game long,” said Monarchs Coach Debbie Norman. “We know what a powerful and dangerous lineup they have, a lot of players who can really slug it.
“We did not play very well a season ago against them. To go out and put together a performance like this is huge mentally for us. We have tremendous respect for Ladywood and the way they play and carry themselves on a daily basis.”
The Monarchs scored the only run of the afternoon in the bottom of the second inning.
After Sam Paquette draw a walk, Jillian Fenton came on for her as a courtesy runner. Fenton was promptly sacrificed over to second by Robin Sprys and then advanced to third on the throw to first.
Doree Arevalo stepped to the plate next for Cabrini and dropped a bunt.
With Fenton bolting for home plate, Blazers pitcher Rozlyn Price picked up the ball and flipped it to her catcher, but the senior safely slid under the tag for what held as the game-winning run.
Overall, Price allowed only two Cabrini hits, which came from Holly Kimes and Lauren Graf, while she walked Paquette twice and also hit three Monarch batters.
In Monday’s other CHSL A-B quarterfinal, Riverview Gabriel Richard traveled to Warren and was knocked off 9-2 by Regina.
The Saddelites will play at Pontiac Notre Dame Prep on Wednesday afternoon in the other semifinal.