2012-07-25 / Sports

On a title run

Cros-Lex remains in hunt at Junior Softball State Finals
BY DALE BALL
Sports Editor


Coaches Bill Bevins (center) and Matt Drake of Cros-Lex talk to their team between innings in a Junior League State tournament game this last weekend. Coaches Bill Bevins (center) and Matt Drake of Cros-Lex talk to their team between innings in a Junior League State tournament game this last weekend. It is not new for a Croswell-Lexington team to make the championship playoff bracket at the Junior League Softball State Finals. But it is a new experience for all but one of the current team members.

After a lopsided, 18-1, five-inning victory over Ypsilanti on Monday, Cros- Lex went to 2-1 in the tournament, played in Wyoming, Mi., and moved out of pool play. The team was to meet a yet-to-bedetermined team in a quarterfinal game yesterday (Tuesday). The winner of that contest adva nces to the semifinals today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. The State title game will played later at 6 p.m. The Michigan champion then heads to Akron, Ohio, for the Junior League Central Region championships, which take place August 4-8.

Among the current Cros- Lex players, only pitcher/infielder Taylor Bevins has been this far along in post-season play. She was a member of the 2011 Cros-Lex team that went on to win the Central Region title and then the Junior League World Series.


Cros-Lex's Allessa Calamita squares around to bunt in a qualifying round game at the Michigan State Junior League tournament in Wyoming, Michigan. Cros-Lex's Allessa Calamita squares around to bunt in a qualifying round game at the Michigan State Junior League tournament in Wyoming, Michigan. Team Manager Matt Drake, who coaches the Pioneers along side Bill Bevins, believes the team can repeat as State champions.

"We stack up pretty well against any of the teams here. We are deep in pitching, fast on the bases, play tight defense and are pretty decent with the bat."

Drake added, though, a lot of times, winning a pressure packed playoff game is all about making the best out of any opportunity.

"We made need to catch a break here or there, but we have as good of a chance as anyone to win a State title. Our girls have worked so hard, and I couldn't be prouder of them."


The Sandusky 12U girls softball team raised their record to 32-0 on the season by winning all of its games at the Sandusky Softball Tournament over the weekend. It was the team's fifth straight tournament championship this summer. Sandusky also won all of its game in their travel league play. In the photos: pitcher Haley Nelson delivers on the mound in a game against Caro on Friday night; Cassidy Albrecht slides safely into third base; and, Callie Jacobson of the Sandusky squad takes a cut at pitch. (Photos by Dale Ball) The Sandusky 12U girls softball team raised their record to 32-0 on the season by winning all of its games at the Sandusky Softball Tournament over the weekend. It was the team's fifth straight tournament championship this summer. Sandusky also won all of its game in their travel league play. In the photos: pitcher Haley Nelson delivers on the mound in a game against Caro on Friday night; Cassidy Albrecht slides safely into third base; and, Callie Jacobson of the Sandusky squad takes a cut at pitch. (Photos by Dale Ball) Cros-Lex reached the eight-team single elimination playoff bracket with the easy win over Ypsilanti on Monday evening.

Alyssa Cepeda started on the mound for C-L and threw four scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out eight. Bevins closed it out on the mound by pitching the final inning.

Bevins paced the potent batting attack for the Pioneers by going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs. The biggest blast of the game was when Sarah Wilson just missed a home run and settled for a triple. Other offensive contributors were Rachel Soper with two hits and two runs scored, Allessa Calamita with two hits, and Erin Arsenault with a single. Meanwhile, Desiree Lerma walked four times and scored four runs and Lexi Drake and Claire Knapp shared duties in the second spot in the batting line-up to combine to score four times.


The Sandusky 10U girls softball team went undefeated over the weekend and won the championship in their division at the Sandusky Softball Tournament. Team members are: Front row (l-r) - Alley Patterson, Alexis Guibord, Paige Patterson, Olivia Jacobson, and Brianna Webb; Second row - Abigail Bolsby, Kailey Shoemaker, Danielle Franzel, Taylor Calkins, Kendra Dorman, and Maddison Winiarski; Back row - Asst. Coach Shannon Patterson, Coach Craig Jacobson, Asst. Coach Brandon Guibord, and Asst. Coach Tom Calkins. The Sandusky 10U girls softball team went undefeated over the weekend and won the championship in their division at the Sandusky Softball Tournament. Team members are: Front row (l-r) - Alley Patterson, Alexis Guibord, Paige Patterson, Olivia Jacobson, and Brianna Webb; Second row - Abigail Bolsby, Kailey Shoemaker, Danielle Franzel, Taylor Calkins, Kendra Dorman, and Maddison Winiarski; Back row - Asst. Coach Shannon Patterson, Coach Craig Jacobson, Asst. Coach Brandon Guibord, and Asst. Coach Tom Calkins. The lone loss in pool play for Cros-Lex was a 4-2 setback to Hudsonville on Sunday. The Pioneers (No. 3 seed in pool play) could get a chance at revenge against Hudsonville, who went unbeaten and is the No. 2 seed from that pool (Pool A). Since the two teams are in opposite brackets in the playoffs, that game could be in the State Finals on Wednesday night. Escanaba, also unbeaten, was the No. 1 seed from Pool 'A'.

"Hudsonville's a very good team," confirmed Drake. "I think they will be around in the end. Hopefully, we'll be around, too, and we get a second shot at them."

In the loss on Saturday to Hudsonville, Drake noted that some miscues led to CL's downfall.

"It was a pretty even game, except we made a couple of more mistakes than they did," Drake said.

In the loss, Hudsonville took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed. After Hudsonville scored three times in the top of the fourth to go up, 4-0, Cros- Lex tried to rally in the bottom half of the inning. Cepeda delivered a two-run, two-out single to make it 4- 2. However, the Pioneers stranded runners at second and third before the final out of the inning.

"We couldn't get another big hit, and that was it," Drake added.

Lerma, Bevins, Calamita, Soper and Cepeda each had hits for C-L in that contest.

Bevins pitched the first four innings for the Pioneers and took the loss. Cepeda tossed the final three innings.

In the opening game of pool play at Wyoming's Pinery Park field on Saturday, Cros-Lex mercied L'Anse-Baraga from the U.P., 10-0, in five innings.

Offensively, Bevins led the way by going 3-for-3. Calamita and Natasha Kendall each went 2-for-2 and Soper, Drake, Lerma, Knapp, Cepeda and Wilson each chipped in with one hit. Bevins was the starting and winning pitcher, going four innings and allowing one hit. Drake pitched a 1-2-3 fifth inning.

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