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After a week of bad weather, the softball season got underway in the PSL. In one of the contests, Denby  won big with a 17-2 victory over King at King’s new refurbished softball field. CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTO

After a week of bad weather, the softball season got underway in the PSL. In one of the contests, Denby won big with a 17-2 victory over King at King’s new refurbished softball field. CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTO

Prep Softball Roundup

Western International 3-1

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

Renaissance, the defending PSL Girl’s Softball Champions lived up to their legacy April 10 as the Phoenix (6-2-1) defeated Cass Tech 10-2 in a PSL Division I matchup. The Lady Phonenix scored six runs in their half of the second and two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to clinch the win. The Lady Technicians, who dropped to 3-2, loaded the bases in the third, but managed only one run. The scored one more run in the fourth.

“We’re hitting and scoring a lot of runs,” said Lady Phoenix head coach Garrard Thomas.  “Our girls are coming up well, but we gave up a couple runs. We’re getting better.”

Thomas says she’s rotating pitchers to keep them ready. “We’re pepping for the best to beat the best,” she said.

The winning pitcher for the Lady Phoenix was Kabrina Arnold who had two strike-outs while Brooke Thomas pitched for the Lady Technicians with six strikeouts. The Lady Phoenix had ten hits to the Lady Technicians’ six.

“We looked good, but didn’t play well,” said Lady Technicians head coach Julie Schneider. „Renaissance played well and hit the ball. It is what it is.“

Renaissance hosted a softball tournament at their home field April 12. Statistics and results weren’t available at press time, but the Lady Phoenix went 1-2-1 against the four teams they played.  The Lady Phoenix lost to Dundee 6-3, defeated Dearborn Henry Ford Academy 12-3, tied Melvindale 4-4 and came up short against Grosse Pointe South 4-3.

Western International went 3-1 during the week of April 7. The Cowgirls routed the King Lady Crusaders 16-4 in a rain-shorten two-inning contest, lost to Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 14-2 in five innings on April 8, defeated Eastpointe East Detroit 13-5 in 5 innings and picked up a forfeit over Ecorse on April 11.

Against the Lady Crusaders, Elizabeth Ludolph was the winning pitcher. Flora Hernandez hit a two-run homer and Alonda Garcia was two-for-two with three RBIs. In the Cowgirls’ loss to Cranbrook-Kingswood, Garcia was two-for-two scoring one run. Against East Detroit, Ludolph was the winning pitcher with eight strike outs. She also was also four-for-four at the plate including two double and two RBIs. Balicia Flores was two-for-two with two RBIs and Ashley Wilson hit a triple, scoring three runs.

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