2019 Melvindale football season preview

After playing in the Downriver League since 2009, Melvindale has joined the Western Wayne Athletic Conference. The move sets up the Cardinals with a brand new slate of regular-season opponents. Beginning this year, they will see likes of Dearborn Heights Crestwood, Redford Thurston and Garden City on the gridiron. (Read the rest at the link)...



Allen Park continued a late-season push by surviving a pitcher's duel against rival Melvindale and winning Division 1, District 15 championship on Monday. The win for the Jaguars marked their ninth in their last 11 games overall. Monday's contest was originally set for Saturday but storms came through the area it had to be postponed. Allen Park starting pitcher Caleb Wischow tossed a complete-game shutout. He struck out four batters and allowed four hits and four walks along the way. A pair of Melvindale hurlers in Rudy Ochoa and Harley Haddox combined to allow just one hit against Allen Park, a single by Mike Lareau in the sixth inning that eventually led to the only run of the game. Ochoa threw a scoreless first inning, issuing one free pass and picking up one strikeout. Haddox was on the bump for the final five innings and yielded the only knock for the Jags, punching out 10 but also walking five batters. One of those walks proved to be the difference in the game, however. After Lareau singled to lead off the inning, Alex Bastien walked to put runners at first and second with no outs. Lareau was forced out at third in the next at-bat on a fielder's choice, which moved Bastien up to second. After tagging up and advancing to third on a lineout, Bastien then scored on a wild pitch with two outs. Haddox, Ramon Lozoya, Rudy Ochoa, and Christon Ochoa each had a hit for Melvindale. Kelvin Lamoine reached base twice via a walk while Devin Williams and Philip Smith III were each issued one free pass. For Allen Park, Lareau, Bastien, and Nate Magier all earned a base on balls while Ethan Gajewski had three walks. Both Allen Park and Melvindale left six runners on base. Allen Park moved on to the regional semifinal round and will make the short trip back to Lincoln Park on Wednesday to play No. 1-ranked Woodhaven, who won the Temperance Bedford district final on Monday against the host Kicking Mules....


5-3 (W) - Melvindale @ Taylor

The Melvindale varsity baseball team won Monday's away conference game against Taylor (MI) by a score of 5-3. ...


6-1 (W) - Melvindale @ Taylor

The Melvindale varsity softball team won Monday's away conference game against Taylor (MI) by a score of 6-1. ...


Melvindale softball Overpowers Edsel Ford

Melvindale made the short drive over to Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn on Thursday for the latest Downriver League tilt in softball. Both teams were coming off 11-run defeats at home the day prior. The visiting Cardinals bounced back in a big way, dominating the host Thunderbirds by a final of 23-3. Melvindale (7-2) got off to a hot start by scoring four runs in the first inning. It ballooned to a 6-0 cushion in the third before Edsel (0-5) was able to plate all three of its runs in the game in that home half. The big blow for Melvindale came in the fourth when the squad sent 16 batters to the dish and put up 11 runs, some of which was self-inflicted by Edsel due to free passes issued either via walk or hit batsmen as well as some fielding miscues. The Cards again batted around in the fifth and scored five more times. The top four hitters in the Melvindale lineup delivered much of the damage on Wednesday. Isabella Rodriguez, Jalyn Ramirez, Emily Biggott, and Jennacey Mollins combined to score 13 of the Cardinals' 23 runs. Mollins and Biggott each drove in two runs while Rodriguez and Ramirez each drove in one. Madison Bradburn and Joelle Zarazua each had one RBI as well while Sage Caperton in the 9-spot of the lineup reached base safely three times with two hits and walk, scoring each time as well. Edsel finished with seven total hits as Biggott in the circle for Melvindale kept the T-Birds relatively in check. Victoria Gilbert had an RBI double for Edsel that scored Tabitha Onufrak, who singled in the at-bat prior. Then later in the inning with two outs, Sarah Pertee delivered a two-run double that scored both Gilbert and Melina Micallef, who reached base safely in all three of her plate appearances on two hits and a walk. Both teams were scheduled to play again on Saturday. Melvindale was set for a trip to Ypsilanti Lincoln for a tournament and Edsel was scheduled for a doubleheader at Livonia Churchill....


Melvindale baseball holds on for victory over Edsel Ford

After a tough loss at home to Southgate Anderson on Wednesday, Edsel Ford returned to Downriver League action on Thursday with a home game against Melvindale, which was riding a three-game losing skid of its own. The start of the game was delayed about an hour due to an absence of umpires and was shortened by an inning due to darkness.Ultimately, the visiting Cardinals were able to fend off a late-inning rally from the host Thunderbirds and got back into the win column by a final of 7-5 in six innings. It did not appear there would be much scoring early on, as neither team got on the board through the first three innings. Melvindale (6-3, 3-2 DRL) managed to break through first in the top half of the fourth with three runs. Edsel (5-4, 2-3 DRL) eventually got on the board in the home half of the fifth. The Cards appeared to really open things up in the sixth with a four-spot, all coming with two outs. that put them up 7-1. The big blow in that spurt came on a bases-clearing double from Christan Ochoa, who then scored in the next at-bat on a base hit from Philip Smith III. The T-Birds put together a two-out rally that included Dillon Dewyer and Steve Gilbert each getting hit by pitches with the bases loaded, followed by a two-run single from Max Marion to keep the home team alive. But Devin Flum, who had an RBI hit earlier in the game, lined out with runners on first and second to end the ball game and secure things for Melvindale. Christan Ochoa collected two hits and drove in five of Melvindale's seven runs on the day. Harley Haddox also had two hits for the Cards and scored once. Juan Ochoa had a hit and scored twice as did Kelvin Lemoine, who reached via the base on balls twice. For the T-Birds, Dewyer turned in the only multi-hit performance and he reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances. Edsel, however, missed some opportunities by stranding 11 runners on base. Christian Ochoa came one out short of a complete game but departed after plunking Dewyer and Gilbert, giving way to Lemoine. Christian Ochoa was docked with all five runs over 5.2 innings of work. Ryan Stronjy started for Edsel, he too allowed five runs on four hits over 5.2 innings. Seth Maness relieved Stranjy in the sixth and surrendered the Christian Ochoa three-run double and Smith RBI single. A total of 14 walks were issued by pitchers in this game, seven for each team. Both teams were scheduled to be in action on Saturday. Melvindale was set to compete at the Airport Invitational in Carleton and the T-Birds were scheduled for a doubleheader at Livonia Churchill. - In other Dearborn-area baseball this past week, Annapolis welcomed in Romulus on Wednesday and rolled to an 11-1 victory in a Western Wayne Athletic Conference matchup. The Cougars (1-4, 1-0 WWAC) scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game in a 10-run mercy. Ian Bunjo got the start and was dominant on the mound for Annapolis. He struck out 15 batters and gave up only one hit and two walks in six innings of work. The lone Eagles run came late in the game and was unearned. At the plate, the Cougars' Drake Calles finished 3-for-3 with three RBIs, a run scored and two stolen bases. It was Calles' two-run double in the bottom of the sixth that ended the game. Overall, Annapolis hitters drew seven walks and were hit by pitches four times. David Doney had two RBIs and a run scored for the Cougars without the aid of a hit. Shane Zammit drew three walks and finished with two runs scored, a stolen base and one RBI. In addition, Joe Allen was 1-for-2 for Annapolis with an RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases and Nick Berish wrapped up the day 1-for-4 with an RBI, a run and a stolen base....