TROY — A season of greatness won’t be overshadowed by one rough afternoon.
That’s the message Tom Calnen had in regards to his Troy High softball team and last weekend’s 5-4 Division 1 regional semifinal loss to Lake Orion High.
Calnen spoke of a couple base-running mistakes and a few defensive lapses in the game — minor things over the course of the regular season but more costly in the playoffs.
“But this was still a great year,” he boasted. “These kids fought for everything. And they never quit. That’s what I like best. They battled every time out, including Saturday.”
Troy led the June 7 game 2-0 entering the fourth inning, but by the end of the fifth, trailed 5-2.
“Then we fought back,” Calnen said. “We were right there. … It’s tough, because you want to go down playing your best softball at this time, and we didn’t in this game. But in the end, there’s only one team happy when it’s all said and done, and these girls still have a lot to be proud of.”
The Colts close the spring with a 25-9 overall record.
On May 31, they grabbed the program’s eighth district title in the past nine seasons and, before the regional loss, had won seven games in a row.
“I’ve enjoyed this group so much, which is why it’s so tough when it ends,” Calnen added. “It was tough saying bye to them, especially my eight seniors.”
The senior group bids farewell after four very successful years.
“And we have to get to work in replacing them,” Calnen said. “Our work is cut out for us. We’re losing some great players, a lot of quality kids who have done a lot for this program. Now, we have to move forward to keep that going.”