Macomb Lutheran North’s Reagan Ruatto slides safely into home during the team’s 20-5 win June 3 over Clawson High in a Division 2 district final. The Mustangs captured their first district title since 2002.

Macomb Lutheran North’s Reagan Ruatto slides safely into home during the team’s 20-5 win June 3 over Clawson High in a Division 2 district final. The Mustangs captured their first district title since 2002.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


Lutheran North softball wins program’s first district title in 17 years

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published June 7, 2019

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Before the season, Macomb Lutheran North softball coach Duane Anger said his hope was that the team finished better than it did last year, when it won 17 games.

The Mustangs have blown past that goal, sitting at 24-13 overall at press time.

After winning the program’s first Catholic High School League tournament championship May 20, Lutheran North routed Clawson High 20-5 June 3 to win a Division 2 district title. The postseason championship is the first for the Mustangs since 2002.

Anger noted that Clawson led for the majority of the game, but with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Mustangs tied the game and went on to add several insurance runs to secure the win.

“After we (tied the game), it really pumped the girls up,” Anger said. “(Winning a district title) means a lot. Since that last district championship, the program has been in a lot of district finals where we were ahead and ended up losing the game in the late stages.”

Lutheran North bested Center Line High 6-3 in a district semifinal to set the stage for the district title win.  

Anger said this season is a result of a win-by-committee approach.

However, he does credit senior captain Grace Yeoman for her leadership. Yeoman suffered a season-ending injury early in the campaign. Anger still called her the team’s biggest asset.

“A lot of players in her situation would have been a wreck emotionally,” Anger said. “(Yeoman) acted like a leader and pushed the girls to jell as a team and enjoy the season.”

Anger said he’d like to see this year’s run have a positive impact on the program in terms of sustaining success.

“Hopefully, our success this year encourages everyone to work even harder so that we can be competitive year after year,” Anger said.

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