Southfield Christian softball continues dominance

By: Christian Davis | Southfield Sun | Published June 8, 2011

 Southfield Christian’s Maria Provost slides safely into third base against Royal Oak Shrine June 3 at home in a district final. The Eagles won 6-0.

Southfield Christian’s Maria Provost slides safely into third base against Royal Oak Shrine June 3 at home in a district final. The Eagles won 6-0.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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SOUTHFIELD — Southfield Christian softball winning a district championship is becoming a time-honored tradition.

This year, the Eagles beat Royal Oak Shrine 6-0 June 3 at home in the Division 4 final.

Southfield Christian has won every district it’s been in since 1997.

“It’s still a thrill to win it, because you know you get to go on. But when you have a tough team like Shrine in there, then you now you have to play your best,” Southfield Christian coach Ken Brown said. “It’s more satisfying, it really is.”

In the semifinal, Southfield Christian beat Bloomfield Hills Sacred Heart in three innings.

Against Shrine, the Eagles opened the scoring in the bottom of the third, as sophomore Leanne Krick tripled and drove in three. She then hit a solo home run in the fifth to make it 4-0. The Eagles added two more in the sixth on a passed ball and an RBI double by Heather Barnes.

“What a player she’s been for me all year,” Brown said of Krick. “She’s probably the toughest two-strike hitter I have.”

Shrine had its chance, putting runners in scoring position in every inning except two. In their last at-bat, the Knights loaded the bases but were unable to push any across the plate.

“We just needed that hit to get (us) going,” Shrine coach Rick Steinmetz said. “This was a great experience for (us). Southfield Christian is a good team.”

The win improved the Eagles’ record to 14-10 overall. They’ll take on Allen Park Inter-City Baptist at noon June 11 at Grosse Pointe University Liggett in regionals.

“It comes down to if my pitcher throws in her spots and if we can keep the ball in the park, then we can play with anybody,” Brown said.

As a team, the Eagles are keeping opponents to a .258 batting average, while putting up a .384 mark themselves. Krick leads the way, hitting .491.

Krick said the key to the success this season is the squad’s resiliency.

“We always keep our heads up and keep encouraging each other,” she said. “If we’re down, we build each other back up.”
 

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