BOYNE CITY – Momentum is difficult to reverse as soon as a crew has set a course, and Gladstone’s softball crew confronted that problem in an MHSAA Division Three Regional 17 semifinal on Saturday in Boyne Metropolis.
Negaunee jumped ahead within the first, and the Braves could not come again, falling 5-Zero.
“Ending your season with an undefeated crew shouldn’t be so dangerous”, Braves coach Rick Pepin stated. “Quite a bit to be pleased with and rather a lot to be enthusiastic about for the longer term. We are going to return to a number of younger gamers who love and can make investments effort and vitality within the sport and our program ”.
The Miners had three hits of their first three at-bats to arrange a Three-Zero first inning.
Gladstone’s protection discovered its footing within the center innings, though the identical could not be stated for the offense, and the established order did not change till the fifth.
“Some early nerves and a mistake within the first inning allowed Negaunee to instantly acquire momentum,” Pepin stated. “As soon as we settled in, we performed stable protection and effectively sufficient to win, however we may by no means get the bats rolling.”
After Negaunee’s Allie Ennett had a success, he stole two bases and got here residence on a wild pitch to make it Four-Zero. The miners added yet one more earlier than giving up the plate.
Nevertheless, the Braves would don’t have any extra luck within the subsequent innings and, as they slowed the bleeding, they had been unable to cross the plate.
“Our objective was to get Negaunee to play from behind and put strain on his pitcher, however we by no means generated that large multi-hit inning.” Pepin stated. “Twice Samara Sanville stood out large for us with hits within the third and sixth inning to deliver us to life, however that is all we may muster.”
Regardless of the loss, the Braves have one thing to be enthusiastic about; the gamers named All-Area and All-District, lots of whom will return subsequent 12 months.
Maggie Buckley received district-wide and region-wide honors within the outfield, and Montgomery Pepin was awarded double honors as a pitcher. Reese Herioux and Kenzington Pepin additionally acquired twin awards as designated participant and utility participant, respectively.
Rounding out the All-District awards had been Alesha Marenger at first base, Alaina Trudeau at second, Rylee Gerow at third, Marnnea LaFave at shortstop, Aliana Martinez within the outfield and Addie Trombley at catcher.