Roseville High softball coach reflects on season

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 15, 2016

 Roseville has 13 players eligible to return next season from a team that advanced to a Division 1 district final. Pictured is Panthers sophomore second base Ashley Fasseel getting a hit during the district semifinal win over East Detroit.

Roseville has 13 players eligible to return next season from a team that advanced to a Division 1 district final. Pictured is Panthers sophomore second base Ashley Fasseel getting a hit during the district semifinal win over East Detroit.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The 2016 campaign was one that showed the continuing improvement of the Roseville High softball team.

The Panthers finished 12-16 overall this season and won 14 games in 2015. That’s a two-year total of 26 wins and comes after a three-year stretch that saw Roseville win a total of 13 games.

“Every day since practice started, this group improved more over the course of the season than any team I’ve coached,” Panthers coach Jessica Hansen said.

Roseville’s season ended in a 4-2 loss to St. Clair Shores Lakeview in a Division 1 district final played June 4.

The Panthers led 2-1 after the top half of the sixth inning. Lakeview, which fell 4-3 to Anchor Bay High in a D-1 regional semifinal June 11, plated three runs in the bottom half of the inning to secure the district championship.

Hansen after the game told her players that they had no reason to hang their heads. She said her team left everything it had on the field.

“Losing is not fun,” Hansen said. “But we lost to a good school and a team that deserved to win. We gave everything we had. They left their blood, sweat and tears on the field, and that effort is a direct reflection of the type of kids they are.”

The Panthers lose just three players to graduation, but they’re all valuable players, Hansen said. Senior pitcher Erin VanDervlucht and senior outfielders Maddy Meatte and Morgan Barbret have been key cogs in the team’s turnaround, Hansen said.

Roseville has 13 players eligible to return next season.

“I couldn’t be more thankful to the seniors for what they gave to the program,” Hansen said.

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