The young Schoolcraft softball squad couldn’t overcome top-ranked Millington in Saturday’s Division 3 state championship at Michigan State as the Cardinals took a 8-0 victory.
It was the first-ever softball finals appearance for the Eagles and the second for Millington, who fell in their title debut last season against Coloma. With much of the same cast back for 2019, the senior-heavy Cardinals were a buzzsaw both offensively and with pitcher Gabbie Sherman’s 13-strikeout, four-hit shutout.
“She pitched a great game,” said Schoolcraft head coach Shane Barry. “Our lineup hadn’t looked that bad swinging all season. (Millington) played amazing all day”
Millington came out firing immediately as leadoff hitter Darrien Roberts demolished the first pitch she faced for her 18th home run of the season. The Cardinals would get five runs in the first inning via seven hits and score thrice more in the fourth inning. Neither Adrienne Rosey nor Mikayla Meade could quash a loaded lineup that tallied 17 hits for the game.
Jordan Watts was the lone Eagle to get on base twice, picking up a single and hit-by-pitch. Danielle Blyly, Sophie Ridge, and Rosey each had singles.
Schoolcraft’s best-ever softball run ends with a 32-5 record. The majority of the roster will be back with 12 players wrapping up either their sophomore or freshman seasons. Only Meade and Brenna Walther are graduating.
“Walther did everything she could for us this year,” said Barry. “Meade was our ‘lead-by-example’ leader all season. We’re going to miss both big time next year.”
“I know this one hurts and we’ll use it as motivation to get back and then finish the job hopefully next year,” added Barry. “With so many sophomores, hopefully the year after that too. With nothing being given, we’re going to work hard like we always do and go from there.”
Millington finishes at 38-2-1 and wins not only their first softball title, but the school’s first team championship in any sport.