L’Anse Creuse softball falls in regional

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published June 14, 2019

 Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse senior pitcher/shortstop Brooke Nadolny digs in during an at-bat June 8 in a Division 1 regional playoff game. Nadolny ended her prep career with 73 home runs — the most in MHSAA history and the second-most in the country.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse senior pitcher/shortstop Brooke Nadolny digs in during an at-bat June 8 in a Division 1 regional playoff game. Nadolny ended her prep career with 73 home runs — the most in MHSAA history and the second-most in the country.

Photo by Sarah Purlee

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse softball program has established itself as one of the best in the area.

Including 2019, the Lancers have won at least 20 games in eight straight seasons. This spring, L’Anse Creuse won a fourth straight division championship and a second straight district title.

For the second consecutive year, the Lancers ran into Warren Regina in a Division 1 regional final and again came up just one run short.

A double to right field off the bat of Saddlelites outfielder Jacqueline Jozefczyk drove in the winning run in Regina’s 5-4 eight-inning victory June 8. The Saddlelites bested the Lancers 12-11 in 2018.

“We’ve put ourselves in position to be in games like this,” L’Anse Creuse coach Lisa Downey said after the loss. “Obviously, this isn’t the way we wanted the season to end. I’m really proud of those girls. They’re a great group of players and a great group of kids. There were some different things that occurred at different points in the season they were able to overcome that just shows you the type of people they are.”

The game went to extra innings because of a 2-run double to right field by L’Anse Creuse infielder Cynthia Galvan with one out in the bottom of the seventh.

Galvan, a junior expected to return next season, drove in all 4 L’Anse Creuse runs.

Brooke Nadolny — who ends her prep career with a state-record 73 home runs — was walked three times in four plate appearances in the regional final for the Lancers. Nadolny’s 73 home runs are good for the second-most career home runs in the country. Only Texas’ Kasey Flores (75) has hit more, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations’ record book.

Downey said she expected Nadolny to draw a lot of walks.

Regina coach Diane Laffey said she came into the game not wanting Nadolny to get a chance to beat the Saddlelites.

“I wouldn’t pitch to (Nadolny) either,” said Downey, whose team ended the season at 29-7. “But it hurts us when she doesn’t get a chance to hit, because we don’t have the depth at the bottom of our order that Regina has. They were able to get a lot of production from the bottom of their lineup.”

L’Anse Creuse has a host of key players eligible to return next season, including juniors Ava Ferrarelli, Tessa Scholz, Bailey Brichacek and Alivia Boedeker, along with sophomores Rylee Thomas, Jaycie LaValley and Sydney Simons.

“Credit to Regina — they were able to get timely hits,” Downey said. “When you’re at this point in the season, on this stage, there’s some destiny involved. Hopefully, we’re that team of destiny one of these seasons. We’ve been close.”

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