Berkley High softball coach Megan Colligan realizes that any kind of letdown, especially in the playoffs, can bring the season to a sudden end.
“We need to come out with a lot of intensity and just ready to play,” Colligan said. “That’s been our biggest problem all year. We’ve come out flat, and it’s hard to pick yourself up after that.”
Berkley takes on Royal Oak High in its Division 1 district opener at 10:30 a.m. June 1 at Warren Cousino.
The Bears learned the hard way against this exact Ravens team that if they’re not ready to play, a positive result usually doesn’t follow.
The squads have played twice already, with each team taking a win. In their doubleheader, Berkley won by nine runs, but according to Colligan, became a little complacent in game two and fell 7-5.
It was a hard lesson at the time, but one that Colligan believes her girls have learned from and one that can help them in the playoffs.
“I think we came out thinking we’d get two wins, especially winning the first game by nine runs, you assume the second game was going to be a walk-through, and that was our mistake,” she said. “I think it was a good lesson for us that you have to come ready to play and keep on playing that way.”
At press time, Berkley was 16-16 overall and 4-6 in the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.
On the other side of the district draw, Warren Regina played Warren Mott after press time. The winner plays Cousino following the Berkley-Royal Oak game. The championship is 2:30 p.m.
Colligan said that all the teams in the draw are formidable foes, but Regina is the favorite.
“None of these girls here have ever won a game in districts,” she said. “They’ve always been just one and out. So, hopefully, we can get at least one, and then go to the second round and see what happens.”
Division 2 June 1 at Madison Heights Lamphere
Ferndale High met Warren Fitzgerald in a predistrict after press time.
The winner meets Lamphere at noon June 1.
On the other side of the bracket, Clawson High plays Hazel Park High at 10 a.m.
The championship is 2 p.m.
Berkley takes on Royal Oak at 12:30 p.m. June 1 at Cousino in a D-1 district semifinal.
The winner plays in the championship against Mott, Warren De La Salle or Cousino at 3 p.m.
Ferndale played Warren Fitzgerald in a D-2 predistrict after press time.
The winner takes on Madison Heights Lamphere at 10 a.m. June 1 at Lamphere.
On the other side, Clawson High meets Hazel Park High at 12:30 p.m.
The championship is set for 3 p.m.