L’Anse Creuse wins second straight district title

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published June 7, 2019

 Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse junior Cynthia Galvan cheers on her team from second base in a game earlier this season.

Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse junior Cynthia Galvan cheers on her team from second base in a game earlier this season.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse softball team upended Port Huron Northern 4-1 May 31 to clinch a second straight Division 1 district title.

But it was the way the team advanced to the district final that had coach Lisa Downey beaming with pride.

The Lancers, 28-5 overall at press time, got past host New Baltimore Anchor Bay 6-5 in a district semifinal to set up the district championship win. L’Anse Creuse rallied to win the game, scoring in the sixth inning to take the lead for good.

In the semifinal, senior pitcher Brooke Nadolny struck out 16, including the side in the sixth and seventh innings.

“The district semifinal win was one of the greatest games I’ve been a part of,” Downey said. “(Nadolny) is an incredible pitcher, and she rose to the occasion in the late innings, and that took a lot of mental toughness. I think our whole team showed great resilience and character to come from behind … and beat one of the best hitting teams in the state.”

Downey called winning the district title a great accomplishment for the program.

The longtime Lancers coach is in her 25th year leading the program. It’s the first time she’s ever won consecutive district championships. The Lancers have won four district titles in the last seven years and four straight division titles during the regular season.

“Every championship is special and unique,” Downey said. “Many of this year’s players were on the team last year, too, so to experience this again with them was special. … To see them genuinely happy for each other will be a moment I remember for the rest of my life.”

The success this season has come with a relatively young roster. The team has just two seniors. A host of underclassmen have played major roles in the team’s run. They include junior three-year starters Cynthia Galvan, Ava Ferrarelli, Tessa Scholz and Bailey Brichacek. Three sophomores have also made major contributions, Downey said.

“So we hope to pass the winning culture down to the 2020 team,” Downey said. “We’ve lost some incredible talent to graduation the past two seasons, so we will need every player to step up and be determined to continue the winning tradition.”

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