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Renaissance girls softball squad / CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTO

State playoffs: Baseball/Softball

Western International falls in baseball; Renaissance, Cass Tech dropped in regional softball semi-finals

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

DETROIT — For prep baseball and softball, it’s wait-until-next-year for the Detroit Public Schools as the three surviving DPS schools in the MHSAA state playoffs were eliminated June 9. In boys baseball, PSL and state district champion Western International (29-6) lost to Livonia Stevenson 11-1 in the Division 1 semi-finals at Grosse Pointe North. In girls softball in the Division 1 regional semi-finals, also at Grosse Pointe North, Renaissance (27-8) lost to North 9-4 while Cass Tech (12-6) was routed by Garden City 16-1.

In the Renaissance game against North, Kayla Banks was the pitcher for the Phoenix. Breanna Lawrence went two-for-four at the plate. Cierra Smith, Breanna Lawrence, Lyric Elliot and Kiera Ware scored Renaissance’s four runs.

“We made13 errors,” said Renaissance head coach Leroy Holmes. “That was unbelievable because you can’t win making 13 errors in a tournament like this.

“But overall the girls had a great season. We had a young team with four starting freshman and we’re only losing three seniors. We have a large group of freshman (10) moving up to our varsity squad and will field a junior varsity team next year.”

Holmes retired from coaching high school softball at the end of this season.

Cass Tech ended their season on a sour note as they were defeated in three innings by Garden City by the mercy rule. Taryn Butler was the losing pitcher for the Technicians. Keionna Gray scored the lone run for Cass Tech in the third inning as a pinch runner.

“We only had one returning starter from last season,” said Cass Tech head coach Julie Schneider. “As the season progressed, things got better.

“We had no seniors on this year’s roster and we are looking forward to next year. We have a strong core of girls coming back and have a lot to look forward to.”

Additional information on the Western International game was unavailable at press time.


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