Lakeview softball after fifth straight district title, deep postseason run

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 15, 2016

 Lakeview next takes on Sterling Heights Stevenson at 4:30 p.m. April 21 at Jefferson Middle School in St. Clair Shores. Pictured is Huskies junior pitcher/utility player Anna Ciamillo during practice.

Lakeview next takes on Sterling Heights Stevenson at 4:30 p.m. April 21 at Jefferson Middle School in St. Clair Shores. Pictured is Huskies junior pitcher/utility player Anna Ciamillo during practice.

Photo by John McTaggart

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — You’d think regular-season success would serve as an indicator of playoff prowess, right?

The St. Clair Shores Lakeview softball team would scoff at that notion.

The Huskies (1-0 at press time) have won four straight Division 1 district championships despite not finishing higher than third in the Macomb Area Conference White Division in any of those years. 

On its way to a 2015 D-1 district crown, Lakeview beat St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 6-3 in a predistrict game, and the Shorians won the MAC White title last season.

The Huskies won a district title in 2010. That’s also the last season in which the team won a division title.

“We just want to keep on winning trophies,” said Lakeview senior pitcher/infielder Alexis Nowowiecki, a member of the last three district-title-winning teams. “You look at how we’ve done in the regular season, and people think we’re not supposed to do anything in the playoffs. We like to go out and show them what we can do.”

Huskies coach Steve Corbett said playing in a tough division like the MAC White prepares a team for the playoffs. He referenced his team’s win over Lake Shore in last year’s postseason as proof.

“Playing in that division makes you a tougher team, and I think it’s helped us immensely in the playoffs, especially the last two years,” said Corbett, who added that his team has a shot at ending its division title drought. “Hopefully, the same thing happens this year.”

Corbett said his team has looked great early and he expects to be balanced this season, with solid hitting, pitching and defense.

The Huskies are a young group, with just two seniors on the roster — utility player Jacqueline Hiltz and Nowowiecki.  

Nowowiecki and junior catcher/infielder Emily Seccombe serve as team captains and leaders, Corbett said. He said those two players lead the team in the field and vocally.

“We know we’re young this year, so we tried to make sure we all put in a lot of work in the offseason,” Seccombe said. 

“We know what we’ve done the last four years. We want to do more this year — win regionals and play for a state title. We want to do it for ourselves, of course, but we’d love to send the seniors out with a deep playoff run.”

Nowowiecki appreciates that sentiment.

“We want to live up to the expectations we’ve set for ourselves and the expectations we’ve set by doing so well in the playoffs,” said Nowowiecki, who was part of a program that appeared in a regional final in 2014.

“We’re definitely pumped up about the season.”

Lakeview next takes the field for a matchup with Sterling Heights Stevenson at 4:30 p.m. April 21 at Jefferson Middle School in St. Clair Shores.

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