Southfield Christian softball takes district crown

Eagles down Parkway Christian in six innings

By: Christian Davis | Southfield Sun | Published June 4, 2016

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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 threw 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 six 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 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 go to 17-4 overall and take on the winner of the Lutheran Westland district at noon June 11 at Ottawa Lake Whiteford.

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