Sacred Heart softball falls in Division 4 district

By: Christian Davis | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published June 9, 2011

 Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart senior Christina Bacon fields a grounder against Southfield Christian June 3 at Southfield Christian in a Division 4 district semifinal.

Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart senior Christina Bacon fields a grounder against Southfield Christian June 3 at Southfield Christian in a Division 4 district semifinal.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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SOUTHFIELD — First, it was Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart senior Alyssa Space smashing a cupcake in Christina Bacon’s face.

Then, she turned and did the same thing to classmate Megan Bond.

“I was just an innocent bystander,” Bond said, wiping chocolate from her face June 3 at Southfield Christian.

For the trio, the only seniors on the Gazelles softball team, this season’s No. 1 priority was having fun, which they were doing following the loss in the Division 4 district semifinal against Southfield Christian. The squad wrapped up the year 3-18.

“It’s been interesting this year. It could be frustrating at times, but you just have to make the best of it and you’ll have fun,” Bond said.

“We knew it would be a harder year because we have a younger team, so we just came out here and wanted to have fun,” Bacon added.

Coach Jay Delisi said he was proud of the way the girls battled.

“They stuck together. We’re a young team,” Delisi said. “We only have three seniors, and the rest are freshmen and sophomores. So over the next year, we’ll improve greatly.”

Though the Gazelles expect to return every player to the roster next season except for the three seniors, Delisi said the trio would be hard to replace.

“They’ve meant everything,” he said. “They’ve been pillars the whole time — excellent practice habits, excellent in the field and good communication. I want the team to take everything from these girls for next year.”

Bond said her advice for the younger squad is to just never give up.

“Just keep trying. We lost a lot, but it’s still worth it in the end to have these memories,”
she said.

Southfield Christian went on to win the district, beating Royal Oak Shrine 6-0 in the final.
In the other semifinal, Shrine beat Novi Franklin Road Christian 10-0 in five innings.

For more information on how the local softball teams did in their district showdowns, visit the Michigan High School Athletic Association website at www.mhsaa.com.

For more photos of Sacred Heart’s district, visit our website at www.candgnews.com and click on the Photo Galleries link.


 

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