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New divisional re-alignment to help teams

Renaissance (left) against Western last season.  CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTO

Renaissance (left) against Western last season.
CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTO

PSL Softball Preview 2014

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.

After several seasons of blow-outs, mercy games and players dropping out, the Detroit PSL has re-aligned its girls’ softball league similar to boys’ baseball. The re-alignment will put stronger teams in Division I and the teams that need development in Division II. The move by the PSL is pleasing to several of the league’s coaches.

“The new re-alignment is good,” said Cass Tech head coach Julie Schneider. “We can also schedule more games outside the league.

“We’ll be able to play more consistent games. Our girls will be looking for better consistency and longer games rather than mercy games (three-four innings). Playing mercy games don’t help your team or the team that you’ve beaten. I’m very optimistic about it.”

“Our team will be able to play tougher competition,” said Western International Head Coach Dan Wolan. “We’ll play longer games rather than having those mercy games. You don’t gain anything playing mercy games. It won’t help my team and will be discouraging to the team that gets beat.”

Division I will consist of the stronger teams with the west side consisting of Renaissance, Western International, Mumford and Henry Ford with the east side consisting of Cass Tech, Denby, East English Village and King.

“Western and Cass Tech are going to be good,” said Renaissance Head Coach Garrard Taylor. “I’m just looking forward to a good season because to be the best you have to beat the best.”

“It’s going to be very competitive and I’m looking forward to it,” said Mumford Head Coach Kareem Hogan. “Our division (Division I) will be the best of the best.

“They’ll be fewer or no mercy games now, because you’ll be playing the best every game. Our girls will be up for the challenge because the four best teams with the four best records will make the playoffs.”

In fact, many of the Division I team will play in tournaments outside the city and play non-PSL opponents.

Division II will consist of teams in need of development. The West side will consist of Communication Media Arts, Cody, DCP-Northwestern and Central while the Sast will consist of Pershing, Osborn, Southeastern and the Detroit International Academy. Many of the teams are new and need time to develop.

“This year I have all new people,” said CMA Head Coach Charla Johnson. “Most of the team is made up of basketball players and cheerleaders. They want to learn how to play and develop softball skills.

“With proper guidance, we’ll possibly do well this season to make the (PSL) playoffs. It’s great for young ladies to learn how to play softball.”

PSL Softball Re-alignment

Division I

East

Cass Tech

Denby

East English Village

King

West

Henry Ford

Mumford

Renaissance

Western International

Division II

East

Southeastern

Osborn

Detroit International

Pershing

West

Central

DCP-Northwestern

Communication Arts

Cody

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