Lakeview softball wraps season after fifth straight district title

By: Jason Carmel Davis | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 17, 2016

 The St. Clair Shores Lakeview softball team won a fifth straight Division 1 district title this season. Pictured is Huskies senior pitcher/infielder Alexis Nowowiecki making contact during a June 11 Division 1 regional game against Anchor Bay High.

The St. Clair Shores Lakeview softball team won a fifth straight Division 1 district title this season. Pictured is Huskies senior pitcher/infielder Alexis Nowowiecki making contact during a June 11 Division 1 regional game against Anchor Bay High.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Regular-season success is not always indicative of a team’s talent, effort or level of play, and no team exemplifies that more than St. Clair Shores Lakeview softball.

The Huskies since the start of the 2012 season have a combined record of 63-66, finishing in the top three of the Macomb Area Conference White Division just once (2014) over that span.

But that hasn’t stopped the Huskies from winning five straight Division 1 district championships.

Lakeview continued that streak this season with a 4-2 win over Roseville High June 3 in a D-1 district final.

The Huskies’ run ended in a 4-3, eight-inning loss to Anchor Bay High in a D-1 regional semifinal June 11 at Anchor Bay.

Lakeview trailed 3-1 in the top of the sixth inning. Back-to-back doubles by senior pitcher/infielder Alexis Nowowiecki and sophomore shortstop/pitcher Kaitlyn Snyder drove in runs to tie the game at 3-3. Anchor Bay, which fell 10-0 to Macomb Dakota in a regional final, scored in the bottom of the eighth to get the win.

Huskies coach Steve Corbett said he’s very proud of the effort his players showed all season long.

“From where we were at the start of the year, to where we are now that we’re able to take a team like Anchor Bay to eight innings, we’ve come a long way for such a young team. I’m just so proud of how hard they worked.”

Corbett said he believed his team would perform well in the postseason because of how it improved over the course of the regular season. Lakeview ended the season at 10-16.

The Huskies could be dangerous next season, as all but one player is eligible to return. Nowowiecki is the lone senior on the roster.

“We’ll miss (Nowowiecki). She’s our top hitter and our MVP,” Corbett said. “She’ll be hard to replace.”

Lakeview has 10 players eligible to return. Junior pitcher Antoinette Ciamillo will be back. She went all eight innings in the regional semifinal. The Huskies as of now will have four seniors next season: infielder Michelle Degrez, catcher/infielder Emily Seccombe, utility player Olivia Krohta and Ciamillo.

“They’ll start next year with a great deal of experience,” Corbett said. “Our players got a lot of at-bats this season. They won a district title and played in regionals. They’ll come in with a lot of confidence. We’re very excited. The future looks great.”

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