Schoolcraft softball erased a 3-0 hole Friday against second-ranked Dundee, winning their Division 3 semifinal 4-3 after eight innings. The Eagles advance to their first-ever state championship in softball Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. ET.
The game ended in dramatic fashion with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth. Nine-hitter Allie Goldschmeding hit a soft liner between the circle and first base. Pitcher McKenna Schmidt tried to flip it from her glove to first base, but Goldschmeding barely won the race on a bang-bang play, scoring Kayla Onken from third.
“Luckily (Allie) is pretty fast and beat that ball down the line,” said head coach Shane Barry. “Not by much, it was a little too close but we’ll take it.”
Dundee started the scoring with a first-inning run, sparked by Schmidt’s one-out double. The Vikings would get four straight hits in the second inning and six in the first two frames, but three outs at home plate kept it at 1-0. Goldschmeding gunned down a runner from center field in the first and the infield made two successful throws home on groundouts in the second.
Starting pitcher Mikayla Meade was switched out after two innings, giving up the one run and six hits. Adrienne Rosey replaced her and was on fire to start, striking out six of the first seven batters she faced.
“I joked around (with Rosey), I like in this situation if I bring you into a game like that, because you seem to get mad that I don’t start you,” laughed Barry. “I’ve never seen that determination on her face all season, she was ready to rock-and-roll.”
The Vikings were only able to find success against Rosey in the fifth inning. Schmidt smacked a solo home run, then three straight singles led to a run for Hannah Tackett and a RBI for McKenna Salley. In the bottom half, two Dundee errors led to a run for Schoolcraft’s Sophie Ridge and a 3-1 deficit after five.
Schoolcraft tied the game up in the sixth inning, starting it off with a leadoff walk for Onken. Kelby Goldschmeding followed and crushed a mammoth opposite way homer over the right field wall to tie the game at 3-3.
“We weren’t really ourselves and then once we got tied, we starting playing our game,” said Kelby. “We started hitting the ball and going crazy in the dugout and cheering everyone as loud as we could.”
“It got us going, it was huge,” noted Barry. “It made them actually believe that we had a real shot at this thing.”
The game stayed at 3-3 until the bottom of the eighth inning as another leadoff walk by Onken started things off for the Eagles. A strikeout and groundout followed, putting Onken at second with two outs. Dundee intentionally walked Meade to setup a force at three bases, then accidentally walked Sophie Ridge to load them up. Then, Allie Goldschmeding’s infield single clinched the game.
Dundee finishes at 33-10. Toldeo commit Schmidt finished with six hits allowed and four runs (three earned) with 10 strikeouts, plus two hits and two runs in her slot offensively.
Schoolcraft moves to 32-4 and will play in their first-ever softball state championship Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET against 2018 runner-up Millington. You can listen to Saturday’s championship live via JoeInsider.com.
W- Adrienne Rosey 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
L- McKenna Schmidt 7.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 10 K