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2019 MHSAA Softball State Finals | STATE CHAMPS! Michigan

2019 MHSAA Softball State Finals | STATE CHAMPS! Michigan
hi and welcome to another edition of

state

champs

at the

state

championships my name is Lauren plant you're tuned in to the

2019

MHSA a

softball

state

finals

edition this program is presented by Lawrence Technological University where Blue Devils dare secchi a stadium the setting at

Michigan

State

University and this year's

finals

had big upsets and the ending to one finale in particular that I would have to believe has never happened before certainly to the side a

state

championship
2019 mhsaa softball state finals state champs michigan
but let's begin with the vision to those of you who followed this year's total

softball

Player of the Year race knew that Escanaba Gaby sallow had a great shot of winning it if the Eskimos could claim the

state

title for a second straight year that would be a tall order considering Stevensville Lake Shore had just defeated Eaton Rapids and Player of the Year finalist grace Leto and her 0.34 ara Lancers won that game 8 to 1 table set let's dig in let's get this party started with
the d2 finale Escanaba had to ride the comeback trail to edge North Branch in the Semites just for the chance to defend their

state

championship Stevensville lakeshore came in hot fresh up pouring in 8 runs on 11 hits against the previously unhittable grace Leto of Eaton Rapids this would be their first

state

crown in five years let's pick things up with two outs in the top of the first megan younger the short fly to center Jalen Olson just misses on the diving attempt the junior lady Mead
comes around to score Lancers take a one nothing lead ESCA now the junior pitcher Gaby sallow is now our total

softball

player of the year but she hadn't won yet coming in with a point two six ara on the year she had a Kirschbaum down looking to end the top half of the first Eskimos got going in their first step two runners on the corner the Wisconsin recruits Salo bat cleanup for Escanaba sac-fly the left the senior Lexi Shelley eight beats the throw we were tied at one on the mound the
junior Salo starting to get comfortable and a chowman falls victim bottom two now bases juiced for the Eskimo Sally the hotshot fielder's choice the freshman Elizabeth silver crosses Escanaba two-to-one advantage jump ahead to the fourth the Yoopers with a pair on for the freshman carson sagorsky base hit to left center bases now full then it broke open a lakeshore error on the Nicole kameen fly ball the right all three runners are going to come around just like that the Eskimos with a
seemingly insurmountable 5-1 lead after four innings of play but the Lancers spot back and in the top of the sixth threatening with runners on first and second Shelby Brown a ground ball with eyes but younger hesitates at the turn restarts for home the throw from chalet is in time younger out at the plate Stevensville Lakes you're still competing the freshman and a gentleman comes through two runs are headed home Lake Shore down to momentum officially shifting now runners at first and third
two out to go-ahead run at the plate in Renee Sandman Salo with the filthy change-up Escanaba hanging on to a 5-3 lead bottom of the inning Eskimos made a call and got their insurance Salo at the plate the wild pitch allows sagorsky the slide home safely here comes shaly a heading into the seventh Eskimos up seven to three Salo went the distance like a house by the side of the road Mead watches it go by game set match Gaby sallow with 11 case Escanaba wins it second straight Division two

state

title seven to three the fun we knew we had a big target on her back and we knew that we were gonna have to fight it wasn't gonna be handed to us and I I'm so proud of my team and everybody we never gave up we had some tough game so we fought every thought I'm so proud it means so much to the community we have it we went without a

state

title from 1981 to 2018 and now to go back to back I'm almost without words I actually you know a lot of us guys have said I think our kids speak
at the right time because they're not over we don't we don't overplay them and when we finally do get outside you know we only get 20 games good outside the first ones it's like layer up behind the good bats and we just try to try to scrap o27 innings if we can let's move to Division one heading into the

state

semi

finals

there were many thoughts that diggy facto

state

championship game would be the winner of the howl Clarkston matchup those two Titans had a whale of a game
that saw the Highlanders out score the Wolves by 8 9 to 6 margin very dramatic game and 3rd ranked towel were finally in their first

Finals

and the favorites no less for warren regina championship weekend is something the

state

's winning a

softball

coach in

Michigan

high school history probably circles on her calendar every year and she should probably hold off any vacation plan after all Diane laughs II and her satellites have six

state

titles to their credit and rolled through this
2019 mhsaa softball state finals state champs michigan
year's postseason back to Cestius Stadium we go I'm Janis Kelsey and Lauren Regina was fired up making their first

Finals

appearance since winning it all back in 2015 as for Howell at

Michigan

State

for the second year in a row but in search for its first ever

State

Hardware Islanders have one of the top offenses in the

state

got the bats owing in the first the senior Madi Gillette rips it all the way to the wall and left center for the stand-up double Regina had the senior Marissa
Moglia on the hill for the finale here's a breaking out to Avery Wolverton to end the threat in the top half of the first inning how will as a team hit 62 home runs throughout the season and almost tied the game record of 63 right here in the second as the junior sky grant just hits the top of the wall for another double for the Highlanders but Moglia once again gets run between the strike out swinging as it was still and nothing nothing ballgame but the satellites would get on the board in
the bottom of the inning Jackie joseph check just gets it over Gillette's love for the base hit to right and now it's score a pair has worn Regina takes the 2 nothing lead the satellites looking to increase their lead in the third with a runner on second how will junior pitcher Molly Carney already committed to Notre Dame strikes out Abbey Hornberger as it remains a to nil game the Highlanders would finally get through to mug Lea in the fifth the Utah found a James sending it deep to
left center for the RBI double Madi Hill Newark comes hustling around at first to score and how will now trails two to one but back comes Moglia as she gets Cara Johnson to go down swinging it was still 2 to 1 as we head into the 6th Howell would get to 1 in the top of the sick and the sophomore Madi screen would get the job done with the sac fly to right center and that would get to let cross the ditch and we were knotted up at two Regina looking to take the lead once again in the bottom of the
inning with a runner on second Kearney through 7 K's on the afternoon getting Adrianna James it was still a 2 2 contests as went into extra innings Powell runners on second and third in the 8th its Moglia once again by getting grant to go down for her 12 strike out on the game the satellites had a runner on first in the bottom of the 8th via kubinka lays down the bunt she's out at first but Jenna Holt would get to third and the winning run is just 60 feet away with one out Howell would
then load up the bases to get the force play the freshman Adrianna James is up to bat she grounds back to Carney and hits off her glove and now would score holes as Warren Regina goes out to win its first

softball

championship in four years 3 to 2 the final it's honestly like the best feeling in the world it's there's no words this drive it especially winning like that on the walk-off what's special is that the winner for Coach YP oh it's so special just to do it for her
she's every time she came here she's never lost she's just the best coach in the world so really just to do it for her and to see her face is just amazing this group is so resilient and they just don't quit they're just a great bunch of girls that work hard they work together really well and they just don't quit we had now two Division four and the chants of USA were permeating throughout the

Michigan

State

Athletic Complex not because the patrons felt particularly
patriotic no because Union meal settling were once again in the

state

championship game for the eighth time in their history five-time champions 13 Final Fours in the last 14 years for the greater thumb conference champ proves a level of unprecedented excellence but their opponent Kalamazoo Christian nearly equally as consistent seven MHSA a titles for runner-up finishes fifth Final Four in seven seasons the Comets killed it all postseason long including this year's semis same for the
Patriots at the top of the show I mentioned there was a historic ending to one of the finales the time has come I'm Gabe O'Neal banquet the highlights for this Division four finale between Unionville sibling and Kalamazoo Christian the sophomore Bryn poll lega was on the mound for USA she would strike out three Kalamazoo Christian batters to start the contest the Patriots looking to get on the board in the bottom of the 1st the senior Riley Zimmer sends the offering deep to right-center
2019 mhsaa softball state finals state champs michigan
and she would hustle all the way around a third for the stand-up triple but said booing couldn't capitalize on the opportunity as the Laney pal vicek grounds it to Jamie coning and then the throat up first is good to end the opening inning with the game scoreless pelea was still dealing for USA getting Claire Dickinson on the corner she started the game throwing seven straight strikeouts we go to the bottom of the third the sophomore Macy Montgomery lays down the bunt but the throw to first
from Kalamazoo Christian is off the mark and freshman Maci Reinhart comes all the way around to score and it was one nothing USA they would add more in the inning with a pair on Oh lega would ground into the fielder's choice and that would score Montgomery and that increased the lead to two the next batter was pal vicek and the senior smacks it the opposite way for the double scoring Zimmer and after three innings of play the Patriots were up three to nothing we jumped ahead to the top of
the six kzoo Christian threatening with a runner on second the freshman Reagan Pro kaizen comes through with the base hit and the junior Meagan snook comes on in to score the Comets now trailed three to one but pull a go would come right back and get faith Cline to go down swinging the sophomore through 15 strikeouts on the afternoon it was still 3 to 1 as we headed into the final inning Kalamazoo Christian had a runner on first in the top of the seventh the sophomore Nayla de Jong lays down the
bunt and it rolls back fair for the infield single we have two on with no outs and the game-winning run coming up to the plate this next play will be one to remember the junior Sammy do know is up to the plate for the Comets her line shot deflects off pull a ghazal bow and break to riley Zimmer who catches it steps on second and guns at the first for the game ending triple play two Clips the division 4

state

championship that triple play was the number one play on SportsCenter over the weekend
as Unionville sibling goes on to win 3 to 1 the final to claim its first

state

title in three years that feels pretty awesome just knowing how it was just happen so fast I it's just awesome it feels amazing we we've wanted this as we were a little girl sitting here watching this in the stands watching Niki and all them pitch and watching them when I was 8 years old 9 saying I want to be Niki I want him I want to be like them when I am older and we have a picture of us that we saw
actually this weekend we found and it's all pretty much our whole team standing there and smiling at one of the

state

champion games and we our goal this year was to remake that and say that we can do it too not just our older siblings and everyone else that we can do it to it feels amazing we kind of been on a mission you know we've kind of kind of steamrolled through the tournament a little bit like we're you know really tested but we knew Kalamazoo we gots a good look at them
yesterday and you know we had to play our best ball and and you know as were I just just for a complete 360 I mean he's thinking okay I'm going to score two on this the game's gonna be tied and then just to I it was a great it was unreal and now that's a great team and they were good that was a good good

softball

team one more highlight package for you and that is in Division three the final game of Super Saturday featured our second top ranked team in their division to make the
championship game the Tri Valley Conference East

champs

millington returning finalists hoping to cash in on the title this season and their entire starting cast was back including senior star Gabby Sherman and while their playoff push did not include a top tier of the divisions finest they beat a plethora of great teams this season including Escanaba Powell and Lake Orion to just name a few the southwestern part of the

state

's school prep was in their first ever championship game after
losing mega power hitter Lydia Goble to graduation last season the surging Eagles beat two reigning champions in d3 Escalona and last year's d4

champs

Centerville in the playoffs to get to their first final for now Millington had never won a

state

title in any sport and rolled their semi-final while Schoolcraft you've made it in dramatic fashion one more time back to MSU and set GST I'm Kevin Jersey and here we go with the finale at the

softball

finals

in Division three between
Millington and Schoolcraft both teams in search of its first ever

state

title Millington was led by one of our total

softball

player of the year Canada in Gabby Sherman committed to Kent

State

here getting Katie Parker to strike out the side in the top of the first it did not take long for the Cardinals to get on the board the leadoff hitter Darian Roberts takes the first pitch she sees and goes over the wall to left for her 19th home run of the season Millington out to a one nothing lead that
was ok right away I knew it was gone and to know that I hit that for my team and that that was how this game was gonna go I just I could feel was awesome and that was just a start to the hit parade for Millington in the opening inning the senior Sydney Bishop smacks to left for the single fellow senior Lea Janome would cross the dish then a few batters later Millington capitalizing with a runner in scoring position the junior Manny Han sends the offering deep to the wall in center for the double
scoring another run and the Cardinals are now up by 4 the sophomore Sabrina gates would be up next for the Cardinals and she hits a single up the middle and high comes around to score after the first inning Millington was out to a five nothing lead the senior Sherman was still dealing on the mound for Millington Kelby Goldschmidt he can't catch up to the heat Gabby struck out five of the first six school prep batter she faced in the bottom half of the second Millington with the runner on
first Bishop with the base hit up the middle to gnome rounding second and heading to third but a legal SHM Eddings throw from the center is in time Adrian Rossi applies the tag and de gnome is out at 3rd jump ahead to the bottom of the fourth with Millington once again knocking on the door it's German doing it with her bat going the opposite way for the base set de gnome comes on in to score Cardinals now up a six spot then a few batters later with runners in scoring position it would poking
the single to left scoring Ashley zeal Millington was up eight zip after four innings a play Gabby Sherman was dominating in her final high school game goal Schmidt Inge once again the victim of a swinging K to end the six inning and then in the seventh she would throw her 30 strikeout on the game right here to soak a bridge to end it it's Millington shuts out Schoolcraft ain't nothing for the school's first

state

championship in any sport it feels incredible I'm so excited
I'm so proud of all my team and it's just amazing it's I don't know if there's like nothing I've ever felt like it like our dreams came true feels awesome these girls have worked extra hard since our little last year we came up short and I knew they wouldn't like gonna let that happen this year they were awesome in the

state

championship game I'm very happy for how this finish we hope you enjoyed our presentation of this year's MHSA

softball

state

championships anytime you see a triple play well you just don't see triple plays all that often so that was particularly special we want to send a special shout-out to Escanaba as gabby Salo who was named this year's total

softball

player of the year following their

state

championship win we've got a full feature on her coronation as well as commentary on the race as a whole you can watch it now at

state

champs

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