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L’Anse Creuse softball standout signs to play at CMU

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published November 9, 2017

 Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse senior pitcher/catcher Sammi Mills signed Nov. 9 to play at Central Michigan University.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse senior pitcher/catcher Sammi Mills signed Nov. 9 to play at Central Michigan University.

File photo by Donna Agusti

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The day has finally come for Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse softball star Sammi Mills.

Mills, who verbally committed to play at Central Michigan University as a sophomore, signed Nov. 9 to play at the Mount Pleasant school.

“It feels really good that it’s finally here,” said Mills, who will play catcher at CMU. “It’s crazy to think that I committed two years ago. I knew (CMU) was the place I wanted to go. I never wanted to go anywhere else. I’m really excited.”

Mills had offers from the University of Detroit Mercy, Philadelphia’s La Salle University, Ohio’s Kent State University and New York’s Canisius College. The senior — who will play pitcher and catcher in her last season with the program — plans to major in engineering.

Mills said she’s had regular contact with the CMU coaches, saying that they have made sure to detail what her regimen will be once she hits campus.

Mills took her official visit to Central in October. She said she enjoyed the trip immensely.

“It was so much fun — just being on campus, walking around and getting a feel for the school,” Mills said. “I really like what the CMU softball program and the school as a whole have to offer.”

Next spring, Lancers coach Lisa Downey will start her 20th season leading the program. Downey has had many players continue their careers at the collegiate level, but Mills is her first to sign to a Division 1 school.

Downey called Mills a hard worker, a self-starter and someone who loves the game.

“To see people you work with go after a goal and reach it is very rewarding as a coach,” Downey said. “She’s definitely earned it. She’s a tremendous talent and a very smart kid. She’s the kind of kid any program would want.”

Mills still has some time left at L’Anse Creuse, but she’s ready for the next chapter of her life.

“This is something I’ve dreamed about. It’ll be awesome to play college ball at the place I’ve always wanted,” Mills said. “I’m excited.”