West Bloomfield High’s Jenna Rogind takes a swing against Southfield A&T. At press time, the Lakers were 5-1 overall.

West Bloomfield High’s Jenna Rogind takes a swing against Southfield A&T. At press time, the Lakers were 5-1 overall.

Photo by Sean Work


West Bloomfield High softball making OAA Blue push

By: Zachary Manning | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published April 25, 2019

 Sydney Stapf slides into third base against Southfield A&T. The Lakers won both games of the doubleheader.

Sydney Stapf slides into third base against Southfield A&T. The Lakers won both games of the doubleheader.

Photo by Sean Work

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s been more than a decade since West Bloomfield High softball was on top of the Oakland Activities Association.

And to rub salt in the wound, the Lakers were so close they could taste it last year, finishing one game behind Birmingham Groves in the Blue Division.

This year, however, the Lakers aren’t thinking about falling short. With a 5-1 overall record and a 5-0 OAA Blue mark at press time, they have their eyes set on bringing home the title.

“Right now, they know they got their work cut out for them, but they’re very confident in their abilities and what they bring to the table,” coach Craig Woodham said.

Taking a look at the Lakers’ score lines early in the year, it’s easy to see why they’ve been having success. West Bloomfield is outscoring its opponents 70-23.

At the plate, freshman Sydney Stapf is leading the way with a .643 average to go along with two home runs, 11 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Fellow freshman Alma Tatem is hitting .600 with two home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored.

Senior captain Jenna Rogind has also knocked in eight and scored 11 times, while hitting .474; freshman Cara Hartley has added a .400 average, 10 RBIs and 11 runs scored; and in the circle, junior Isabella Tatem has been sound, holding a 1.45 ERA while striking out 25.

“I’m just out here trying to have a lot of fun, and doing it for the team, and doing everything I can to help us get where we want to be,” Stapf said.

With a few games under their belts, the Lakers are now entering the meat of their schedule. Along with matchups against OAA Blue opponents, West Bloomfield will see some competition from the Macomb Area Conference, Lakes Valley Conference and higher divisions of the OAA.

For the Lakers, those games will be a great test to see how they stack up with some of the best teams around the state, while also getting the opportunity to avenge losses from last season, including Groves.

Rogind said the veterans on the team try to work as role models.

“We definitely go around and just help to motivate everybody, make sure that they’re not slacking off,” she said. “They definitely need to keep the mindset of where we’re trying to go.”

Catch the Lakers on the field at 4:30 p.m. May 2 at Hazel Park High.

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