Coaches stress improvement for Southfield Christian softball team
By Mike Moore
Southfield Christian’s Emma Paryaski rounds third on her way to home during a May 13 tournament game against Royal Oak High at Memorial Park.
Posted May 17, 2017
SOUTHFIELD — On a warm and sunny Monday afternoon, the Southfield Christian softball team was out to snap a five-game losing skid.
But in a date with Auburn Hills Oakland Christian May 15, the Eagles allowed six unearned runs and stranded two runners in scoring position in what was an eventual 6-2 loss.
The game was a microcosm of the season so far, as co-coach Ken Brown put it.
And he said so with a ton of optimism.
“We’re so close to having a few more wins,” Brown said. “We’ve been competitive in almost every game.”
Following the loss, the Eagles were 7-8 on the season at press time, which isn’t too bad considering five starters returned from last year, but almost the entire rest of the roster had hardly played the game of softball before.
“We have two starters right now who never picked up a ball before this year,” Brown said with a laugh.
“We’re one good inning in each game it seems,” co-coach Rebecca Paryaski said. “Being top heavy doesn’t help, where a lot of the production is coming from the experienced girls. The rest are really learning on the fly.”
The Eagles started the season 7-2 before getting stuck in their current skid.
“Yeah, we’ve had some frustrating moments,” Brown said. “At the same time, we feel we’re very close to being a good team.”
And that’s the driving force right now.
Both coaches said how far the group has come, how the at-bats have gotten better and how improvements in the field are impossible to miss.
“And I think we’ve figured out the lineup the way we want it,” Brown added. “I really like this group. They’ve battled and come a long way. Now we want to keep working and find a way to surprise some people come playoff time.”
“We have a lot of games coming up to keep building,” Paryaski said. “(Monday) we were right in it. It could have easily turned and gone the other way. We’re going to work at it and try and pick up some wins, or compete with a strong effort. They know we’re right there in almost every game. Now we want to take that next step.”
About the author
Sports Writer Mike Moore covers a variety of sports in Oakland County and the Detroit Catholic League. Mike joined C & G Newspapers in 2006 shortly after graduating from Albion College where he played football. He attended Dearborn Divine Child where he met his wife Jennifer. They have four sons together and reside in Dearborn.
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