West Bloomfield High softball enjoys successful season

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published June 10, 2019

 West Bloomfield High’s Alexis Kill winds up to throw a pitch against Farmington High June 1 in a district semifinal. The Lakers fell to the Falcons 11-1.

West Bloomfield High’s Alexis Kill winds up to throw a pitch against Farmington High June 1 in a district semifinal. The Lakers fell to the Falcons 11-1.

Photo by Brian Sevald

 Jenna Rogind takes a swing against Farmington High. The Lakers collected 25 wins this season.

Jenna Rogind takes a swing against Farmington High. The Lakers collected 25 wins this season.

Photo by Brian Sevald

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Since Craig Woodham took over the West Bloomfield High softball program prior to the 2018 season, the Lakers have been in the process of building the team into a contender.

After a 20-plus-win season a year ago, the Lakers took another step in the process this year, collecting 25 wins and claiming an Oakland Activities Association Blue Division title along the way.

However, West Bloomfield’s season came to an end in a Division 1 district semifinal game against Farmington High June 1. The Lakers fell 11-1 to the Falcons.

“They’ve grown immensely,” Woodham said of his team. “From where they started to where they’ve ended, their hitting has come around; their bond has come around. The way that they pitch, throw — everything.”

Even with the loss, the process doesn’t end there. The Lakers will be moving into the OAA White next season, looking to challenge themselves even more.

But even with a new division and tougher competition, the expectations haven’t changed much. Woodham wants to see his team continue to build and take its level of play up a notch.

Against opponents in higher divisions of the OAA this season, West Bloomfield was able to hold its own, going 5-3. The Lakers had two losses to Farmington, which won the White Division, and one to North Farmington, which competes in the Red Division and fell to the Falcons in the district final.

The Lakers will lose a pair of seniors from this year’s squad, but much of the core is still intact. Key returners include Alexis Kill, Sydney Stapf and Kara Erickson, among others.

“That’s what we want to do, is just keep pushing every year, every year, every year,” Woodham said.

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