L’Anse Creuse softball coach hopeful for another strong season

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published March 23, 2017


HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse softball team is in the midst of a run of success that longtime coach Lisa Downey hopes will continue in 2017.

The Lancers start the season against Utica High at 4:30 p.m. March 29 at home.

From there, the team will embark on what it hopes is a sixth straight 20-win season.

Since 2012, L’Anse Creuse has averaged 24.4 wins per season, including last year’s 24-10 mark. The team has finished with a winning record every year since 2008.

The run also includes four division titles since 2010, with last year’s Macomb Area Conference Blue Division championship being the most recent.

The Lancers have also been successful in the postseason, winning district titles in 2013 and 2015.

Downey — the L’Anse Creuse coach since 1998 — said she’s excited about the team.

That enthusiasm is due in large part to the group of experienced players back for this season.

“Having experienced players will help the young players, as we have six freshmen on the team,” Downey said. “The returning players are used to winning and have great work ethics and excellent leadership skills. We will need the older players to help keep the confidence up and shape the team chemistry, which will help us be successful.”

Senior outfielder Alaina Macksoud — who signed to play at Adrian College — along with seniors Lauren Korpal (third base), Maggie Deceuninck (outfield) and Courtney Konal (utility) lead the way.

Downey also expects big things from junior pitcher/catcher Sammi Mills — who verbally committed to Central Michigan University — and sophomore infielder pitcher Brooke Nadolny. 

A trio of freshmen are also being counted on to contribute in Tessa Scholz (infield/catcher), Cynthia Galvan (infield) and Ava Ferreralli (infield).

Downey is hopeful that the mix of talented youth and experience leads to more success. The coach said another MAC Blue title and district championship are in the team’s sights as well.

“I am very excited for the season and feel really lucky to have my great assistant coaches — Jim Priebe and Len Pagano — helping me,” Downey said. “We couldn›t do what we do without them. We have a really good, hardworking group of players who are really coachable, and we look forward to seeing them progress during the season into a team that is capable of winning on any given day.”