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Renaissance, Central win PSL girls’ softball championships

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Sophomore Kabria Arnold struck out seven in pitching a complete-game, two-hit shutout; junior Brittney Gordy made a great run-saving play in right field; and senior Essence England had an RBI as Renaissance (20-5 overall, 10-0 league) defeated Cass Tech 3-0 May 16 at University of Detroit Mercy to win the 2014 Detroit Public School League Division 1 girls’ softball championship, the Lady Phoenix’s 10th consecutive league crown. Cass Tech is 8-2 in the league and 12-9-1 overall.

“It was a great game,” Lady Phoenix coach Garrard Taylor said. “Cass played an excellent game. They brought the best out of us for us to win it.”

In Division 2, Central held on to defeat CMA 15-13 in three innings. Junior Jade Morris made a clutch catch in center field in the final inning to protect the Lady Trailblazer’s lead. Junior Chanelle Vandermier had two hits and scored three runs and sophomore Breanna McNeece and senior Amber Peterson scored three runs each for Coach Eric Peeples’ Lady Trailblazers (8-2). CMA is 7-3.

PSL BASEBALL SEMIFINALS:

MEGA DIVISION — Western 7, Cass Tech 2; King 5, Renaissance 4: Clem Jackson had a walk-off walk for King; EAST-WEST DIVISION — Ford 9, Osborn 8: Alton Dalton had four strikeouts in two innings pitched and Darryl Champion had the winning single for Ford (7-4). Michael Tobias had four strikeouts and Andre Jones went one-for-two with three stolen bases for Osborn (7-3); East English Village 11, Central 3

PSL SOFTBALL FINALS:

Renaissance 3, Detroit Cass Tech 0 — Kabria Arnold struck out seven and gave up two hits and Essence England had one RBI as Renaissance (20-5) won the Division 1 PSL Championship, its 10th consecutive league championship.

Central 15, Communication and Media Arts 13 (3 inn.) — Jade Morris made a clutch catch in center field in the final inning to protect Central’s in the PSL Division 2 softball title game. Chanelle Vandermier had two hits and scored three runs, and Breanna McNeece and Amber Peterson scored three runs each for Central (8-2). CMA is 7-3.

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