Bishop Foley softball has Catholic League title aspirations

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published May 3, 2019

 Madison Heights Bishop Foley junior Olivia Green flashes a smile after hitting a home run against Macomb Lutheran North earlier this year.

Madison Heights Bishop Foley junior Olivia Green flashes a smile after hitting a home run against Macomb Lutheran North earlier this year.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Last season, Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s softball team won the program’s 10th district title since 2004.

But as special as that accomplishment was, it was what happened prior to postseason play that coach John Ploskonka still remembers.

Last May, Foley made it to the Catholic High School League C-D championship game, where the Ventures lost to Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 1-0.

Had Foley won the game, it would have given the program its first Catholic League championship since 1978.

This year, the Ventures have another shot at making some fresh history, as they play in a CHSL semifinal May 14, with the time, location and opponent yet to be determined.

“That’s our No. 1 goal,” Ploskonka said of winning a Catholic League title. “Getting there and losing by one, it’s like, ‘We can do this.’ They got a bad taste in their mouth where they (want to) win it all, and we got a good chance to. … It would be huge.”

The Ventures have proved themselves capable of making another strong run this year, as at press time, they were 11-4 overall and 7-3 in CHSL Intersectional I play.

This year’s squad can beat opponents in different ways, especially with its bats. Ploskonka said Foley has more home runs than the last two years combined.

Some of the players who can play key roles in Foley’s attempt to win a Catholic League title and beyond are senior Mallory Johnson and juniors Brooke Imrick, Kayla Moore, Olivia Green and Elle Laurencelle.

Winning a Catholic League title is also one of Imrick’s goals.

“It would be so exciting,” Imrick said. “We have very good chemistry (on) our team. I think that will help us a lot to get there.”

This year’s team is composed of nine juniors, two seniors, one sophomore and one freshman.

Ploskonka has been Foley’s coach since 2008, and his juniors have done a fair amount of winning during his tenure with the program.

“This group of girls have won more games than any other group before them,” he said. “I’ve had some good players that graduated last year, but a lot of it has to do with the group of girls that I have now as juniors. They just come in ready to play.”

Ploskonka said Foley is “set up for success for a little while.”

“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “I know what type of girls they are. They love to be there. … They know what to do and it’s so much easier when you’ve got a veteran team. … It’s exciting.”

Up next, Foley plays at 4:30 p.m. May 10 in a doubleheader at home against Wixom St. Catherine.

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