Softball

Published June 19, 2015

An overcast morning and afternoon June 13 in East Lansing signaled the official end of the 2015 softball season.

But coaches in the Oakland Activities Association still had some work to do, namely selecting the players who stood out all spring and  were worthy of a nod on the All-Association teams.

Here’s a look at the final standings in 2015 and those who were chosen as the best of the best in the OAA.

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Published June 16, 2015

It was a couple weeks prior to the Division 1 softball postseason when Auburn Hills Avondale coach Lisa Allain started seeing a difference in her team.

“It was more that the team started bonding very well together,” Allain said. “They ended up playing not for themselves, but for their teammates. They just kind of clicked all of a sudden.”

After starting the year 2-8, the Yellow Jackets went on a run that culminated with what Allain believes to be the program’s first-ever district championship.

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Published June 16, 2015

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett softball advanced all the way to the Division 4 quarterfinal, where the Knights lost to Unionville-Sebewaing 1-0 June 9 at Flint Kearsley.


According to coach Ted Alpert, Liggett ended the season with conference, district and regional championships for the third consecutive season.

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Published June 13, 2015

EAST LANSING — Following her team’s 7-1 win over Mattawan June 11 in a Division 1 state semifinal, Warren Regina softball coach Diane Laffey acknowledged the five state titles she won while the school was located in Harper Woods, but made it known she wanted to win a championship for Warren.

The Saddlelites made that happen, beating Caledonia 5-0 in the D-1 state title game June 13 at Michigan State University. The championship is the sixth for Regina and sixth for Laffey. The win gives Regina (27-16) a 6-0 record in state championship games.

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Published June 12, 2015

ROSEVILLE — Down 12-2 in a 2015 Division 1 district semifinal against Grosse Pointe North, the Roseville softball team could have crumbled and called it a season.


Instead, the Panthers battled back, scoring nine more runs in the game before eventually falling 15-11 in a game played May 30 at Grosse Pointe North.


Panthers coach Jessica Hansen said after the game that her team played admirably.

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Published June 12, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — This season was one for the ages for the Clinton Township Clintondale softball team.

The Dragons won 21 games — the most for the program in a single season. Clintondale beat Madison Heights Bishop Foley 6-3 June 2 to claim its first district championship in more than 20 years. The Dragons also went 15-1 in the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division to claim their first league title since 2007.

Clintondale coach Jim Steffler, in his sixth year with the program, called this season an incredible experience.

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Published June 11, 2015

EAST LANSING — The Warren Regina softball team will play for the program's sixth state title after downing Mattawan 7-1 in a Division 1 state semifinal June 11 at Michigan State University.

Regina (26-16) advances to face Caledonia (34-4) in a championship game slated for 12:30 p.m. June 13 at MSU. It will mark Regina's first title game appearance since 2007, when it won its fourth straight state title. Regina, which started the season 3-11, also won a state title in 1989.

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Published June 11, 2015

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EAST LANSING — The Caledonia High School softball team will make its first-ever appearance in a state title game after downing Farmington Hills Mercy 5-2 in a state semifinal June 11 at Michigan State University.

Caledonia (34-4) advances to take on either Warren Regina or Mattawan in the state championship game at 12:30 p.m. June 13 at MSU. Check back here later tonight for our recap on the Regina/Mattawan showdown.

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Published June 9, 2015

DETROIT  — The Warren Regina softball team started the season 3-11. It is now two wins away from the program’s sixth state title after downing Allen Park High 6-2 in a Division 1 state quarterfinal June 9 at Wayne State University.

Regina (25-16) gets Mattawan in a state semifinal set for 5:30 p.m. June 11 at Michigan State University. Allen Park ends its season at 17-5.

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Published June 9, 2015

In the end, Jeff Ludwig watched as his girls were simply ousted by a stronger team.

A day after falling to Reese High in a Division 3 regional final, the Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest softball coach said he “wouldn’t be surprised at all to see (Reese) play for a state title.”

“They were a solid team, a team that’s won three regionals in a row,” he added. “Their pitcher was awesome. She had a lot of movement on her ball.”

And still, Northwest trailed just 3-1 through five innings.

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Published June 9, 2015

FARMINGTON HILLS — Andrea Elmore stood in the center of the circle with literally the season riding on her next pitch.


A two-run lead had disappeared.


The bases were now loaded, the count full and the regional-winning run lurking at third base.


Dominant all day, dominant all year, Elmore needed a little more magic to force extra innings and give the Farmington Hills Mercy softball team another chance.


“I was shaking a lot,” Elmore would later say. “But I had to get it done for my team.”

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Published June 8, 2015

GROSSE POINTE — For the first time in nearly a decade, Utica High softball was playing for a regional title.

Sparked by a 2-0 district title win against Utica Ford on June 2, Utica translated that momentum into an 11-4 regional semifinal win against St. Clair Shores Lakeview on June 6.

In the regional final against Warren Regina, Utica fell 7-2.

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Published June 6, 2015

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Warren Regina won its first regional title since 2007 by defeating Utica 7-2 on June 6 at Grosse Pointe North.

Marissa Tiano led the day for Regina. She pitched a shutout in the semifinal against L'Anse Creuse, and she helped stop a rally by Utica in the sixth inning when she was brought in as a relief pitcher.

We can’t ask for anything more from her right now," Regina coach Diane Laffey said. "If she can keep throwing like that, we’re good."

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Published June 6, 2015

NOVI — From comfortably in control, to one pitch away from elimination, to dancing and singing in the middle of the infield.

It’s playoff time after all, isn’t it?

“The high and lows of this game are absolutely incredible,” Farmington Hills Mercy softball coach Alec Lesko said with a smile. “It’s never over until it is over.”

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Published June 3, 2015

TROY — Tradition upheld and an overdue streak snapped.

When the skies opened May 30 at Troy Athens and washed out nearly all of the scheduled baseball and softball district action, the silver lining became a rivalry Monday.

Four teams.

Two games.

Two championships on the line.

On June 1, Troy High and Troy Athens renewed their rivalry, as the baseball and softball teams met in district finals that came down to superb pitching, timely hitting, extended tradition and a first for a program in nearly 10 years.

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Published June 3, 2015

The Sterling Heights High girls soccer team saw its season end in a 6-0 loss to Fraser High in a Division 1 district quarterfinal May 26 at Fraser High. The Stallions ended the season at 1-13-1.

The Utica Ford girls soccer team downed Fraser High 2-1 on penalty kicks in a D-1 district semifinal May 28 at Stevenson. Ford began the playoffs with a 5-0 win over Clinton Township Chippewa Valley in a D-1 district quarterfinal May 26 at Ford.

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Published June 3, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP —
Players on the Clinton Township Clintondale softball team say they came into the season thinking they could win the Macomb Area Conference Silver Division title, but they had no idea how dominant they would be on the road to winning the program’s first league championship since 2007.

“I knew we’d be better than last year,” Clintondale senior Kelsey Hardman said, “but I’ve been amazed by how hard we’ve worked and how well we’ve played.”

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Published June 2, 2015

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UTICA — Despite throwing a shutout for seven innings, Utica pitcher Ashley Mauser still needed some help to lift her team to a district title against Utica Ford on June 2.

She decided to help herself.

With a runner on first and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Mauser hit a walk-off home run over the center field wall to give Utica a 2-0 win.

"I was thinking base hit. Then I thought, oh my gosh, we need to win, and it went over," Mauser said. "That was amazing, I loved it."

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Published May 30, 2015

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Behind the arm of sophomore Jacqueline Spizizen, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day won its first softball district championship in five years.

The Yellowjackets took the Division 2 title May 30 at Madison Heights Lamphere, beating Ferndale High 11-1 in five innings in the final. Country Day beat the host team 1-0 in the semifinals.

Spizizen finished the two games allowing two hits and striking out 26. Against Lamphere, she pitched a perfect game.

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Published May 30, 2015

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GROSSE POINTE — The St. Clair Shores Lakeview softball team capped off a big week with a 12-2 win over Grosse Pointe North to capture a Division 1 district title in a game played May 30 at North.

The Huskies advance to a D-1 regional, set for June 6 at North. Also in the regional will be teams from districts taking place at Sterling Heights High, Sterling Heights Stevenson and Anchor Bay.

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