The softball season came to a close for local squads.
In Division 1, Southfield High lost in its district final to Detroit Renaissance 17-2 June 2 at Detroit U of D Jesuit. The Blue Jays arrived in final after topping Oak Park 22-1.
Coach Jamie Glinz said his team was understaffed, missing two starting infielders, but that he was proud of the squad.
“I’m proud of the girls all year long; they fought and battled. From the first day we went outside to where we are now, we made major leaps and gains,” Glinz said.
Southfield finishes the season 7-14 overall.
In the district, the coach said his squad came out a little slow against Oak Park but still led 2-1 after the first inning. Glinz said it could have been from mercying the Knights already twice earlier in the season.
In the first, Oak Park had the bases loaded before the Blue Jays could get the third out.
“We easily could have been down four or five runs,” Glinz said. “We talked to them after that inning, and in the second, we scored seven, and then we got up to 20 in the next inning.”
Against Renaissance, the lack of depth was too much to overcome.
“After the game, the message was that in life you’re going to face adversity, and we faced it,” Glinz said. “It was a good life lesson at the same time even though we lost. I’m definitely proud. They came out and fought as the year went on.”
In other local softball news:
Southfield-Lathrup fell to eventual D-1 district champion Birmingham Groves 20-1 June 2 at home in its semifinal.
In D-4, Southfield Christian lost to Royal Oak Shrine 6-5 in eight innings June 1 at home in the final. In its semifinal, the Eagles beat Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart 16-2 in five innings.