St. Clair Shores Lake Shore softball players pose with their Division 1 district title trophy after a 2-0 May 31 win over St. Clair Shores Lakeview in a district final.

St. Clair Shores Lake Shore softball players pose with their Division 1 district title trophy after a 2-0 May 31 win over St. Clair Shores Lakeview in a district final.

Photo by Jason Carmel Davis


Lake Shore softball outlasts Lakeview to claim district title

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Online Only | Published May 31, 2019

FRASER — Early in the season, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore softball coach Will Puvalowski said he wanted to send his seniors out on a high note.

Ironically, it’s the underclassmen who played a big role in ensuring that would come to fruition.

Shorians sophomore hurler Emma Herbon got the complete-game win and freshman infielder Jena Herbon drove in the game-winning runs in the team’s 2-0 May 31 win over Lakeview in a Division 1 district final.

Lake Shore (13-11) advances to face the winner of an Anchor Bay district in a regional semifinal set for noon June 8 at Utica Ford.

“This is a great group of girls,” Puvalowski said following the district title win. “We played really well down the stretch of the regular season. The team has grown a lot over the course of the season. I think we’re peaking at the right time.”

Jena Herbon, with bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the third, stepped into the batter’s box and laced a single to right field to score junior Ashleigh Landry and freshman Shianne Hagewood for the only runs of the game.

“I wasn’t really hitting that well,” Jena Herbon said. “My coaches and teammates just told me to take deep breaths and relax and I was able to get a big hit.”

Lakeview (13-11) had runners in scoring position in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings but couldn’t get a run across the plate.

The game served as the rubber match between the city rivals, which split two regular season meetings.

The district title is the second in three years for Lake Shore. The team’s other recent postseason championships came in 2014 and 2017.

“The seniors on this team have done a great job of making the younger players comfortable,” Puvalowski said. “This is a real team. It doesn’t matter where it comes from in our order — it’s going to come. The older players have been pros as far as going into new positions because of the development of our younger players.”

Emma Herbon in seven innings scattered three hits, walked five and struck out two.

Huskies sophomore pitcher Ariana Wlodeck allowed five hits and three walks in six innings, while striking out six batters.

“This is really big to be a part of,” Jena Herbon said. “The seniors on the team really wanted (a district title), so it’s good we were able to get that done for them.”