Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s Emilee Dover delivers a pitch this past season. The recent graduate was named All-State by the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association for the second straight year.

Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s Emilee Dover delivers a pitch this past season. The recent graduate was named All-State by the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association for the second straight year.

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Bishop Foley’s Dover named All-State

By: Edward Zilincik | Madison - Park News | Published July 25, 2018

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After a season that saw her post a .595 batting average, and a 2.00 ERA along with 10 victories, Madison Heights Bishop Foley’s Emilee Dover was named to the Division 3 All-State team for the second consecutive season. 

The recent graduate hit leadoff for the Ventures during her entire high school career, staring on the varsity team since her freshman season. Dover was able to amass more career hits for Bishop Foley than any other player in Foley history, according to coach John Ploskonka. 

“Once in a while, you get a player like her,” Ploskonka said. “She deserves every bit of being an All-State player.”

Ploskonka was enamored with Dover’s work ethic and overall skill on the field. According to the coach, when Dover was on the mound, he didn’t have to worry at all because she was such a competitor and such a smart player.

When not pitching, Dover was in the outfield.

“She came during her freshman year and hadn’t played outfield before,” said Ploskonka. “I asked her if she could and, without any hesitation, she said sure; she turned into such a great outfielder.”

Dover excelled in nearly all aspects of the game and basically knew what to do without any coaching, according to her coach. 

Dover, a three-sport athlete, hit .407, .506, .500 and .595 season by season in her career, tallying a career-high 66 hits in her final season, with 17 doubles and six triples. She additionally chalked up five, 13, 10 and 10 wins, respectively, in her four years in the circle. 

“I honestly didn’t find playing on both sides of the ball difficult, and I don’t think I could’ve imagined playing any other way,” said Dover. “It took a ton of work in practice to develop such a well-rounded game, but I did it by never being satisfied and always trying to be better.”

Dover was thrilled with the recognition she received after being named to the All-State team. 

“It’s amazing to know that all of the work I have put in during my career has paid off,” she said.

This season, the Ventures were 21-10 overall and finished second in their division. The team was able to make it through district playoffs, but fell in the regional round.

Dover was upset with the loss in the regional playoffs, but is happy with her overall experience throughout her softball career. 

“Obviously there are things I wish could’ve ended differently, but I am so proud of everything my team and I accomplished during my four years here,” Dover said. 

Even though she has endured tough losses in the playoffs, she wouldn’t change what happened during her time at Bishop Foley. 

“Looking back through my years here, I loved every second of it, even when things got a little hard,” she said. “I’m definitely going to miss it here.”

As Dover has now completed her senior season, she will be moving on to college for the upcoming school year. Dover will be attending Davenport University and is unsure if she will continue to play collegiately.

Last season, Dover was a team captain for the Ventures and took pride in her leadership. 

“She was a very competitive player that hated to lose,” said Ploskonka. “The team fed off of her competiveness.”

According to Dover, she attempted to emphasize to her teammates that every single person played a big role, no matter what the role was. 

“I loved being a captain for my team, because I wanted to lead by example by showing what hard work and passion for the game looked like,” said Dover.

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