Southfield Christian softball back on top

By: Christian Davis | Southfield Sun | Published June 7, 2016

 Southfield Christian’s Emma Paryaski makes a throw in the district final. The pitcher finished the day with 19 strikeouts in two games, including a no-hitter in the district final.

Southfield Christian’s Emma Paryaski makes a throw in the district final. The pitcher finished the day with 19 strikeouts in two games, including a no-hitter in the district final.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

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SOUTHFIELD — Southfield Christian pitcher Emma Paryaski knew the pitch was good as soon as it left her hand.

When the ball hit the catcher’s mitt, it was good for a swinging third strike and gave the Eagles their first district championship since 2012, beating Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 12-0 in six innings in the Division 4 final June 4 at home.

“It’s been a while. Coming back from last year when we only had two wins all season and completely turning it all around, it feels great,” Paryaski said.

Southfield Christian beat Royal Oak Shrine 11-0 in five innings to start the day. In 11 total innings of work, Paryaski had 19 strikeouts to three walks and no-hit Parkway. She also hit the game-ending home run in the semifinal.

“I felt on fire today,” she said.

The Eagles jumped on Parkway early, scoring four runs in the top half of the first inning and another in the second to take control 5-0. After a scoreless third, Southfield Christian started another scoring streak, plating one in the fourth, two in the fifth and four more in the sixth to seal the deal.

“Overall, it was everybody’s best game,” Southfield Christian coach Rebecca Paryaski said. “They’ve been playing well all year, but they’ve kind of been in a slump the last couple games. … It was good to see them come out of the shoot hitting right away.”

Parkway coach Joy Sprang said she was proud of her team’s effort, noting that a handful of girls played different positions because of some key absences. The squad finished 10-13 overall on the season and beat Warren Macomb Christian 23-8 in three innings in its semifinal.

“There was some great defensive plays by both teams,” Sprang said. “Southfield Christian was able to capitalize when they had runners on base and score, and we weren’t.”

The Eagles went to 17-4 overall and take on Allen Park Inter-City Baptist at noon June 11 at Ottawa Lake Whiteford.

A short ways away from the Southfield Christian softball field, the baseball team was also battling for a district title.

The Eagles fell to Parkway Christian 10-1, giving up eight runs in the third inning.

They beat Royal Oak Shrine 6-4 in eight innings in the semifinal.

Southfield Christian coach Rich Satterfield said that although it’s hard to end the season with a loss caused by one bad inning, the team should be proud of its effort. He said Southfield Christian’s (11-15 overall) previous trip to a district title game resulted in a one-run loss and ended with a play at the plate.

“The district final has always been a source of heartbreak for them. … They’ve had so many tough losses in the district finals,” said Satterfield. “I would have loved to see them get over the hump, but good to see them get that big marquee win in the semifinal.”

For more on the postseason, visit www.candgnews.com.

Sports Writer Alex Tekip contributed to this story.

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