L’Anse Creuse softball having another strong campaign
Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse softball coach Lisa Downey talks with her team during a May 16 win against Grosse Pointe South. The Lancers are on the verge of a sixth straight 20-win season and a fourth division title in five years.
Posted May 18, 2017
HARRISON TOWNSHIP — In addition to a tough Macomb Area Conference Blue Division slate, the Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse softball team has faced off against some stiff competition with the hopes of being primed and ready to go for the playoffs.
The Lancers — who were 16-6 overall and 7-0 in the MAC Blue at press time — have played in three multiday tournaments this season. The team has faced the likes of Warren Regina, Clarkston High, Anchor Bay High and Utica Eisenhower.
In those tournaments, L’Anse Creuse has gone 5-5, which is a solid mark, according to coach Lisa Downey.
“We always play in tough tournaments, because facing that type of competition helps our players improve, and it also helps to see the really good teams play so we can learn from watching things they do,” Downey said. “The tournaments are also fun and a great team-bonding experience. The tournaments also toughen us up, because they can be long, grueling days, and we learn how to overcome adversity and compete at a high level.”
L’Anse Creuse is once again playing at a high level. The team is on the verge of a sixth straight 20-win season and a fourth division title in five years.
Downey said this particular group has exceeded her expectations, considering the team has six freshmen on its roster. Strong pitching from junior Sammi Mills and sophomore Brooke Nadolny has aided the squad. The Lancers have four shutout wins and two others in which the team allowed just one run.
“Their ability to throw strikes, get key strikeouts and keep opposing hitters off balance is a huge reason for our low runs allowed,” Downey said.
The Lancers have also been strong at the plate with Mills and Nadolny, along with seniors Alaina Macksoud and Lauren Korpal, and freshman Cynthia Galvan.
L’Anse Creuse has only been shut out once and has tallied at least five runs 11 times, and has scored 11 or more runs six times.
“Our team chemistry and work ethic is so good. Both are a big reason why we have competed so well up to this point,” Downey said. “We also have players who listen well and who are really coachable. They want to learn and get better every day. I feel blessed to coach such an outstanding group of young ladies. And our senior captains — Maggie DeCeuninck, Macksoud and Korpal — have really been great role models for the younger players.”
The group must continue to play well if the team is to win another district championship, which it last did in 2014 and 2013.
The Lancers take on St. Clair Shores Lakeview in a Division 1 district semifinal at 11 a.m. June 2 at Roseville High.
The other side of the bracket includes Eastpointe East Detroit, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore and the host. Both Lake Shore and Lakeview have won district titles in recent years.
“We’re looking forward to competing to the best of our ability,” Downey said. “Lake Shore and Lakeview have outstanding teams, and we have a great deal of respect for all of the teams in the district. … We want to keep improving and go out and play the best we can, and not look at who is sitting across from us in the other dugout.”
Up next, L’Anse Creuse takes on Macomb L’Anse Creuse North at 4 p.m. May 24 on the road.
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Staff Writer Jason Carmel Davis covers prep sports throughout Macomb County. Jason has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2011 and graduated from Michigan State University.
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