Even with incomplete seasons, OAA softball finds its champions

By: Christian Davis | Online Only | Published June 7, 2011

 Royal Oak High’s Taylor Fresh delivers a pitch in a game earlier this season.

Royal Oak High’s Taylor Fresh delivers a pitch in a game earlier this season.

Photo by David Schreiber

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.

In the White, Farmington High joined its neighbor to the north with a championship of its own.

The Falcons finished 9-1, with Rochester High just a game behind. Rochester Adams is 5-3; Auburn Hills Avondale is 4-6; Troy Athens stands at 0-6; and Birmingham Seaholm is sitting at 0-8.

In the Blue, it was Birmingham Groves once again taking the crown. The Falcons won their second straight title going 10-0 in the division.

Coach Ryan Minarik said he was a bit surprised his squad made it through without a blemish, but thought he had the talent to take the crown.

“When we played everyone last year, we went 10-2, and I had everyone back,” he said.
“So I thought, ‘Man, we have a good chance.’ I figured we had some schools to compete with, but even when we played sloppy, we somehow still came out with a win.”

Many of the games came down to the wire. In the 10 wins, seven were by two runs or less, and five of those came down to the final inning before Groves took the lead.

Royal Oak High and Farmington Hills Harrison were 5-3 at press time. Rochester Hills Stoney Creek was 4-6, and Hazel Park High and Berkley High still had four games remaining on their schedules and were 0-6.

While much of the standings were still incomplete in the inaugural season of the Gold, one thing for sure is that Southfield-Lathrup won the championship.

The Chargers went 12-0, beating second-place Bloomfield Hills Andover twice in the final week of the season.
Bloomfield Hills Lahser, Ferndale High, Southfield High, Pontiac High and Oak Park High all had more games to make up, but each team had at least one loss, guaranteeing the Chargers the title.