Southfield Christian’s Kamille Smith throws a pitch against Royal Oak Shrine in a Division 4 district championship game May 31 at home. The Eagles fell to Shrine 11-3.

Southfield Christian’s Kamille Smith throws a pitch against Royal Oak Shrine in a Division 4 district championship game May 31 at home. The Eagles fell to Shrine 11-3.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Southfield Christian softball falls in district final

By: Zachary Manning | Southfield Sun | Published June 5, 2019

 Southfield Christian’s KC Card receives the ball against Shrine.

Southfield Christian’s KC Card receives the ball against Shrine.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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SOUTHFIELD — Entering the Division 4 softball playoffs, Southfield Christian was riding high, winning six of its last seven games.

In their district semifinal matchup against Novi Christian Academy May 31 at home, the Eagles continued their winning ways, knocking off the Warriors 13-2.

Now, only Royal Oak Shrine stood in the way of Southfield Christian claiming a district championship. But the Knights came out swinging and hit their way to an 11-3 victory over the Eagles to claim the title.

“I think we were just tired at the end here. It’s tough. You have to play two in a row, and they only have to play one,” Eagles coach Ken Brown said. “They gave everything they had. When you compare what we were last year to what we are this year, we’re so much more improved.”

Despite the loss, Brown was happy with the progress his group made over the course of the year. A year ago, the Eagles had just four wins and lost six games by double digits.

This year, the Eagles were the ones doing the damage, ending the season with a 12-4 overall record, while scoring 186 runs and giving up just 98.

While the loss does hurt now, Brown is proud of the way his team played in the playoffs and throughout the season.

“It was very successful,” Brown said of the season. “This year, we’re 12-4, which is crazy. I mean, we had four wins after two weeks. Last year, it was four wins all season, so we grew a long way.”

Looking ahead to next season, Brown is hoping to see even more improvement from everyone that will be returning.

A big help will be the wealth of talent the team has coming back. The Eagles will lose one senior but return multiple key players, including Jenna Schoon, Karington Cox, Morgan Bettie and Kamille Smith, among others.

Brown is excited to see what next year has to offer.

“The group of freshmen we had last year were what brings coaches back, because you could see their development,” Brown said. “That’s always the challenge: to keep growing. They’ve got good hearts, and they’re going to fight hard.”

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