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Cass Tech pitcher Taryn Butler CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTO

Girls Softball Round Up — Week 5
Crockett Tech, Southeastern also clinch playoff spots

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen

DETROIT — As a few years of tradition would have it, Cass Tech and Renaissance are on their way to meet up for the PSL Title.

Renaissance, the defending PSL Champs, is way ahead in the PSL West with one game to go. The Phoenix (7-0 PSL West, 13-5) routed Central 18-2 on April 30 and won in a 1-0 forfeit against Mumford on May 3. Senior pitcher Kayla Banks was the winning pitcher for the Phoenix, who got run production from Kenya Mallett, Naomi Smith and Brianna Lawrence.

Cody (4-4) kept its playoff hopes alive as the Comets downed Southwestern 18-11 on May 3, spoiling the Prospectors’ (3-4, 4-5) hopes for a playoff appearance. The Comets lost to Western (7-0) 18-10 on April 30.

Cass Tech won the PSL East as the Technicians routed King 11-3 on April 30 and shut down Southeastern 14-1 three days later. In Monday’s victory over the Crusaders, both junior Tierra Taylor and freshman Zuri Dean batted in two runs each and scored two runs apiece. Against the Jungaleers (6-1 PSL East), sophomore pitcher Taryn Butler pitched a no-hitter and sophomore Mariah Johnson contributed three RBIs and scored a run.

On May 5, Renaissance played in the Grand Blanc Softball Tourney, finishing with a 2-3 record.

Crockett Tech (6-1, 7-1) clinched a playoff spot in the PSL East with a 17-16 non-divisional win over Southwestern on April 30 and a divisional win over Kettering on May 3. The Kettering score wasn’t available at press time.


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