Centreville didn’t panic when a two-run lead turned into a one-run deficit late in Tuesday’s Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 softball state quarterfinal game against Ottawa Lake Whiteford.
The 10th-ranked Bulldogs kept their state title hopes alive with a four-run sixth inning on their way to a 7-3 victory at Battle Creek’s Bailey Park. They’ll face Unionville-Sebewaing, which defeated Waterford Our Lady 4-0, Friday at 5:30 in a semifinal contest at Michigan State University.
Video by Mat Stutzman
Centreville’s last trip to the semifinals was against Frankenmuth (11-2 loss) in Division 3 back in 2011.
Trailing 3-2 in the sixth, Centreville got things going with a leadoff single by Joanna Larsen on a grounder to left field. Hannah Duchene delivered with an RBI double to left and was replaced by courtesy runner Addison Ward. Kenleigh West Wing singled and Olivia Deeds was safe on a fielder’s choice. With one out, Kaylee Trattles connected on an RBI single to center as West Wing safely came home for a 4-3 lead.
Emma Russell followed with a single that scored Deeds, and a Blades bunt loaded the bases. Makenzi Troyer came up big with a fielder’s choice that sent Trattles home for a 6-3 cushion.
Ward scored a run in the seventh on a Deeds sacrifice. Back in the first inning, the Bulldogs plated two runs. Blades scored on an error and Mckenzie Sheteron made it home on a sacrifice grounder by Larsen.
In the circle for the Bulldogs was Duchene, who scattered nine hits and gave up two earned runs in the complete game. She struck out five and walked three.
Blades, Sheteron, Duchene (one double) and West Wing each had two hits for Centreville. Larsen, Trattles and Russell had one apiece. Blades finished with one stolen base.
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Photos by Nicci Plummer