State champion Regina softball team receives proclamation from Warren Mayor Jim Fouts

Saddlelites will have 14 players back from last season's squad

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Warren Weekly | Published January 13, 2016

 Warren Regina softball players and coach Diane Laffey received a proclamation from Warren Mayor Jim Fouts Jan. 13 congratulating the team on its 2015 state title win. Saddlelites players wore their championship rings during the event.

Warren Regina softball players and coach Diane Laffey received a proclamation from Warren Mayor Jim Fouts Jan. 13 congratulating the team on its 2015 state title win. Saddlelites players wore their championship rings during the event.

Photo by Sean Work

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WARREN — Huddled in the Mayor's Office at Warren City Hall Jan. 13, members of Warren Regina's 2015 state championship-winning softball team were somewhat at a loss for words after Warren Mayor Jim Fouts presented the team with a proclamation honoring the squad for its state title win.

"I just think its an honor," Saddlelites senior outfielder Kristi Carlson said. "We just think about how we came together as a team and it makes all this really special."

Regina downed Caledonia High 6-0 June 13 in the Division 1 championship game to claim the state title. It was the first for the program since it moved to Warren from Harper Woods — where coach Diane Laffey led the team to five state championships, including four straight from 2004-07. Laffey is 6-0 in state title games.

After starting the season 3-11, Regina went 24-5 to win the title.

"It was totally unexpected," said Laffey, who this coming spring will have 14 players back from last year's team. "We totally stayed under the radar. When you start 3-11, no one expects you to win it, so it was fun."

Fouts personally invited Laffey to the annual State of the City luncheon, where the team will be honored. The event takes place at 11:30 a.m. April 7 at Andiamo in Warren.

Saddlelites senior pitcher/outfielder Emily D'Ambrosio called Laffey a positive, determined coach. She said that approach serves well in bringing the team together, and ultimately, played a big role in winning a state championship.

 

 

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