Northern softball team ends year with 30 wins and in regional final

By: Mike Moore | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published June 16, 2016

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NOVI — Her team came up against a machine.

Not literally, but certainly figuratively.

The Farmington Hills Mercy softball squad has been on a dominant rampage since the spring started, yet after one inning, Kristin Woodward watched as her Walled Lake Northern squad was right there, trailing just 2-1 and owning a bit of momentum in a June 11 Division 1 regional final at Novi High.

But then Mercy did what it’s done all year, responding with three runs in the top of the second.

The Marlins never looked back, but following an 11-1 loss, Woodward was able to. 

“This was one of the best teams at Northern,” Woodward said of her group and the year it put together. “They have nothing to hang their heads about. I’m proud of them for all they accomplished.”

The Knights closed the season with a 30-13 record.

They won a district title after winning the Kensington Lakes Activities Association North Division with a 14-2 mark.

“They did great all year,” Woodward said. “We won our division. We won districts. We won 30 games. … We played a very tough schedule too, and we did that purposely. They were certainly battle tested.”

And they may just be getting started.

“We have only three seniors on this team,” Woodward said. “We’re going to have a good core back. We expect good things here in the future.”

Northern defeated Novi 7-3 in the regional semifinal.

Baseball seasons close

Walled Lake Northern’s baseball team also had its season come to a close in the Novi regional, falling to Novi Detroit Catholic Central 12-2 in a D-1 semifinal.

In D-2, the defending state champs from Orchard Lake St. Mary’s had their journey toward a consecutive title cut short.

The Eaglets reached the final of the Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day regional, but fell to the host school 4-3 in eight innings.

St. Mary’s defeated Imlay City High 11-1 in the semifinal.