Softball

Published June 21, 2011

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — There were few secrets in the June 11 Division 1 regional final matchup between Utica Stevenson and Fair Haven Anchor Bay.

For the Titans and Tars, who are Macomb Area Conference Red Division rivals, it marked the third meeting of the season.

The squads split games during the regular season, with Anchor Bay winning 2-1 May 6 and the Titans earning a 5-2 win in the second meeting May 27.

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Published June 9, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — First, it was Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart senior Alyssa Space smashing a cupcake in Christina Bacon’s face.

Then, she turned and did the same thing to classmate Megan Bond.

“I was just an innocent bystander,” Bond said, wiping chocolate from her face June 3 at Southfield Christian.

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Published June 8, 2011

SOUTHFIELD — Southfield Christian softball winning a district championship is becoming a time-honored tradition.

This year, the Eagles beat Royal Oak Shrine 6-0 June 3 at home in the Division 4 final.

Southfield Christian has won every district it’s been in since 1997.

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Published June 7, 2011

FARMINGTON — They’ve been in this position before, more times than coach Dave Brubaker cares to admit.

They’ve seen this game play out — a district title an arm’s length away in one moment and then gone for an entire postseason in the next.

There has been disappointment, heartbreak and plenty of frustration — bitter endings to brilliant seasons where it seemed taking that next step for this proud softball program just wasn’t meant to be.

And then came a hot and humid Saturday afternoon.

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Published June 7, 2011

Due to the poor weather all season, Berkley High actually didn’t finish its season with a loss against Warren Mott May 31 in a Division 1 district.

Instead, the Bears put on their helmets again and went to work against Royal Oak High in a doubleheader June 2 to finish the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

What happened there is what coach Ken DePerro had been hoping to see all year. The Bears dropped the first game 5-1, but came back to win 4-2 in the second contest.

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Published June 7, 2011

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When the rain finally subsided, Oakland Activities Association softball was able to crown its champions. Though not all games had been played at press time due to cancellations — those games will be made up — the champions are set.

In the Red, North Farmington was perfect, going 10-0. Lake Orion High was the next closest, finishing 6-3-1. Clarkston High has some games left to play, but is standing at 5-3; Troy High is in the same boat at 3-4-1; Oxford High finished 2-8; and West Bloomfield High came in at 1-9.

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Published May 31, 2011

With rosters overflowing with youth, Ferndale High’s and Berkley High’s softball teams have taken some lumps during the regular season.

At press time, Ferndale was 6-17 overall and Berkley was 4-11.

“We’re very, very young,” Berkley coach Ken DePerro said. “Most of the time, we’re starting three freshmen, three sophomores and two juniors, and then another position that fluctuates.”

Ferndale has three seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and nine freshmen.

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Published May 26, 2011

ROYAL OAK — You’ll often hear coaches and players forecast brighter days in the future based on the promise of potential of the present.

Young players will mature.

Inexperienced players will learn and grow.

For the past few seasons, Terry Powers was one of those coaches.

The Royal Oak High softball head man kept his program’s head above water while turning freshmen to sophomores, sophomores to juniors, and so on.

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Published May 25, 2011

Clinton Township Chippewa Valley’s girls softball team has taken its lumps in the past — finishing 4-6 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division the past two seasons — but has seemingly turned the corner this season.

At press time, the Big Reds were 5-3 in the Red Division — three and a half games behind the league-leader Romeo High — and 13-9 overall.

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Published May 25, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Lake Shore softball team is facing a tough challenge in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.

Just three seniors rejoined the Shorians from last season, outfielder Sara Coppola, shortstop Hannah Rockensuess and catcher Hanna Anderson.

While Lake Shore has solid leadership from its seniors, the squad is young and inexperienced with four freshmen joining the starting lineup.

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Published May 25, 2011

June is around the corner, and that means its nearly playoff time for the local high school baseball, softball and girls soccer state tournaments.

All three sports’ postseasons are scheduled to begin May 31 and run through June 4. Precise schedules vary depending on the host. Check www.mhsaa.com or with the host school for exact dates and times of games.

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Madison Heights Lamphere coach Don Mullen said his team is “excited for the upcoming state tournament.”

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Published May 24, 2011

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe North's girls varsity softball team picked up a big Macomb Area Conference White Division win against Utica Ford II in a low-scoring affair at North May 24.

Senior Amanda Lanzon's ground ball in the bottom of the seventh inning scored senior Krystin Bartold, as North came away with a 2-1 victory and improved to 4-5 in league play. Ford II was 5-5 after the loss. Utica High and St. Clair Shores Lakeview were tied at the top at 7-4.

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Published May 24, 2011

FARMINGTON HILLS — For Jack Falvo, it wasn’t a matter of if, but more so a matter of when.

Maybe it would take a few weeks. Possibly, a month or more.

Either way, the Farmington Hills Mercy softball coach knew there’d be a point when his squad figured things out, when the overall youth of the roster mattered little compared to the extreme talent it possessed.

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Published May 24, 2011

LATHRUP VILLAGE — First, Southfield-Lathrup second baseman Natalie Henderson threw off her protective mask.

Then she adjusted to the short fly ball, catching it over her shoulder on her way down to the ground.

With the ball securely in her mitt, the freshman quickly stood up and fired the ball home, beating the Bloomfield Hills Andover runner for the third and final out, thus giving the Chargers their division championship May 18 at home.

“I jumped in the air higher than I ever had before,” Henderson said of celebrating.

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Published May 24, 2011

ROCHESTER HILLS — Though most of the spring season has been a mixture of rain and gray clouds, the district tournament lurks right around the corner.

And for a collection of Rochester area baseball and softball teams, that means seeing some familiar foes during the time of the year that matters most.

“It’s going to be pretty cool,” said Rochester Adams baseball coach Jeff Hall, whose team opens the playoffs at 4:30 p.m. May 31 in a Division 1 Romeo High district against Lake Orion High.

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Published May 18, 2011

ROYAL OAK — With no seniors and only two juniors on the roster that features mostly sophomores, the Royal Oak Shrine varsity softball squad could technically pass as a JV team.

But that fact hasn’t changed the goals of the players or the coach.

“It’s been better than my expectations,” coach Rick Steinmetz said. “I like the team a lot. At best, we were hoping for (.500) in the league, and we’re going to be better than that. So it’s been a good year.”

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Published May 11, 2011

FARMINGTON — It’s a very talented group, Dave Marr knows and will attest to that.

Just how good the Troy Athens softball team could be, well, only time can tell.

For right now, though, the key resides solely on gaining experience and finding ways to improve, albeit on the fly.

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Published May 11, 2011

Deonna Giacona spent the last few years doing the best job possible to prepare for coaching the Utica High varsity softball team — coaching the JV team.

“Things have been going pretty smooth. Luckily for me, I knew about half the girls,” Giacona said. “So them knowing how I coach, and myself knowing their ability helped things out a lot.”

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Published May 4, 2011

HARPER WOODS — Southfield High softball coach Jamie Glinz has witnessed the change.

Now in his fourth season coaching the Blue Jays, he’s seen the program go from winning one game the year before he took over to a squad that is in every contest it plays.

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Published May 4, 2011

TROY — The confidence remains.

This season, like so many before, it is as much a part of the Troy High softball program as gloves, balls and bats.

When asked about the ultimate goal for the 2011 season, coach Tom Calnen responded with the same optimism as in year’s past, but with one caveat.

“Troy High is trying to find its way,” the veteran coach said. “I’ve got an extremely talented group of girls, but it is a very young group.”

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