St. Clair ShoresJune 9, 2014
Lake Shore outlasts L’Anse Creuse to win district title
By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer
ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore softball team exacted some revenge on the team that ended its 2013 season with 10-4 win over Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse May 30 in a Division 1 district championship game.
The Shorians (20-11 at press time) used a big seventh inning to pick up the win. Lake Shore plated six runs in the extra inning to take a 10-4 lead it wouldn’t relinquish. The Lancers (20-12) beat the Shorians in 11 innings in a 2013 district final.
The district title comes after the Shorians made a strong showing in the Macomb Area Conference White Division. Lake Shore went 9-3 in league play, finishing second to Utica High. That finish adds to the team’s improving fortunes in league play — the Shorians finished third in the MAC White in 2013 and fourth in 2012.
“The girls have been working toward this all year. We’ve talked about this moment for a long
time,” Shorians coach Will Puvalowski said. “They were awesome.”
“We tried to make sure the girls just had fun. A lot of times, people make the moment bigger than it is. It was important for the coaches to make sure the girls were relaxed and didn’t put any extra pressure on themselves.”
All of the runs Lake Shore tallied in the seventh inning came with two outs. Shorians senior third base Brooke Wauters plated what would be the winning runs with a two-out, two-RBI hit to start the rally.
Freshman pitcher Sarah Ratledge picked up the win for Lake Shore. Puvalowski said there was no other player he would have rather had in the circle.
“It feels good,” Ratledge said. “This is a great thing to be a part of.”
Lakeview, South Lake softball capture district crowns
The good fortunes of the prep softball teams from St. Clair Shores continued May 31, as St. Clair Shores Lakeview and South Lake won district championships.
The Huskies (12-10 at press time) downed Grosse Pointe South 5-4 May 31 at South in a D-1 district title game. The win gave Lakeview softball its fourth district title in five years. The Huskies squared off against Detroit Cass Tech in a regional semifinal played after press time.
The Cavaliers (17-3 at press time) knocked off Center Line 16-6 in a D-2 district title tilt May 31 at Center Line. South Lake, reigning two-time champions of the MAC Silver Division, met Livonia Ladywood in a D-2 regional semifinal played after press time.