Local softball squads fall in district action

By: Christian Davis | Woodward Talk | Published June 7, 2011

 Berkley High’s Madison DeBene tags out a Warren Mott runner May 31 at Mott in a district semifinal, which the Bears lost.

Berkley High’s Madison DeBene tags out a Warren Mott runner May 31 at Mott in a district semifinal, which the Bears lost.

Photo by David Schreiber

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Due to the poor weather all season, Berkley High actually didn’t finish its season with a loss against Warren Mott May 31 in a Division 1 district.

Instead, the Bears put on their helmets again and went to work against Royal Oak High in a doubleheader June 2 to finish the Oakland Activities Association Blue Division.

What happened there is what coach Ken DePerro had been hoping to see all year. The Bears dropped the first game 5-1, but came back to win 4-2 in the second contest.

“That was encouraging. To see that the young players had gone through a trying season, and yet, in the very last inning of the season, they battled like crazy,” DePerro said.

The Bears scored three runs in the top of the seventh to take the 4-2 lead and then earned three straight outs in the bottom of the inning.

“The last inning of the season, we played as well as we could possibly play,” DePerro said. “I told them how proud I was of them to be able to do that. I know how hard it is to lose all those games, but I told them that in the very last inning, they still had fight left in them.”

Berkley finished the year 6-22 overall.

Against Mott, DePerro said they struggled defensively.

“When you don’t play defense well, it makes it difficult on yourself, and that’s what happened against a good team,” he said. “It’s such an avalanche affect when you start giving extra outs; good teams really take advantage.”

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Ferndale Highs’ season also came to a close following a loss to Warren Lincoln 19-3 in three innings.

Coach Tony Smith said errors cost the squad 14 runs in the first, but then it settled down in the second and third.

“They really did and started playing much better. Had the game gone past three innings, who knows how well they could have done,” the coach said. “I really think the score would have been a lot closer. Warren Lincoln is a very good team, and they came out ready to play.”

Ferndale carried three seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and eight freshmen on the squad. Smith said he expects the program to continue to get better.

“It was definitely a rebuilding year for us, and we’re going to look forward to next year, where we hope to finally have a JV team,” he said. “We’re building a program and looking forward to years to come. They got a lot of experience this year and know what to expect. I think they’re going to come around.”

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