Cass Tech out hustles Western International 17-2
Prep Softball Roundup
King gets first win, but is overpowered by Renaissance.
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
After losing to Renaissance the week before, Cass Tech got back on the winning track on April 17. The Technicians (5-2) erupted for seven runs in the first inning as they routed Western International, 17-2, in four innings in a PSL Division I matchup at DCP-Northwestern. Cass Tech scored four runs in the second and three runs in each the third and fourth innings. The Cowgirls (4-2) got their two runs in their half of the third inning.
Sophomore Brooke Thomas was the winning pitcher for Cass Tech. Freshman Elizabeth Ludolph was the pitcher for Western International and took the loss.
“We played aggressive in the first innings and scored runs early to help us come out with a win,” said Cass Tech head coach Julie Schneider.
“The Cass pitcher did a very good job and had a lot of help from her teammates,” said Western International head coach Dan Wolan. “We knew coming in they were good team.
“We have a young team. We made some errors defensively, but we’ll get better.”
Both teams were victorious on April 14; Cass Tech blew out East English Village 22-2, while Western International routed Denby 16-5. Cass Tech will play at the Southfield-Lathrup Tournament on April 26.
Defending PSL Champion Renaissance (11-3) went 2-1 the week of April 14. The Lady Phoenix won their PSL Division I games in a rout defeating Mumford on April 14, 18-3 and King 20-3 on April 17. In Monday’s game against the Lady Mustangs. Jasmain Hammond was the winning pitcher for the Lady Phoenix. At the plate, the Lady Phoenix got run production from Brianna Ross and Autumn Hoeraul as both players went three for four at the plate. The Lady Phoenix came up short on April 16 to Birmingham Country Day 6-5. The Lady Phoenix were leading 5-3 in the last of the seventh with one out, when the Lady Yellowjackets erupted for three runs to clinch the contest.
Mumford suffered another loss that Thursday, April 17, coming up short to East English Village, 18-16.
Despite their loss to Renaissance, King (1-3) won their first game of the season with a 22-7 rout of Henry Ford on April 14. Head Coach Debra Olesky said this year will be a long one for the Lady Crusaders.
“It looks like another tough year for King softball,” she said. “I had over 20 players try-out, but only six showed up for practice.
“I lost three third and fourth year players to jobs. Oh well, we’re just going to keep trying.”
The Lady Crusaders do have enough players to play contests.
Communication Media Arts won two of their last three contests. The Lady Pharaohs defeated Pershing 17-12 on April 10 and Cody in a 27-21 slugfest on April 14. CMA’s streak gave out on April 17, when they lost 14-9 to Southeastern.