2016-06-09 / Sports

Grand Blanc, Goodrich softball fall in district finals

By Sports Staff

Grand Blanc senior Allison Koerkel and the Lady Bobcats beat Lapeer in the district semifinals. 
Photo by Michael Selecky Grand Blanc senior Allison Koerkel and the Lady Bobcats beat Lapeer in the district semifinals. Photo by Michael Selecky GRAND BLANC – Trailing 5-2 in the top of the fourth inning on Saturday in the Div. 1 softball district semifinals against the host Lady Bobcats, a walk by Lapeer to Grand Blanc’s Olivia Jackson put runners on first and third with one out.

Grand Blanc’s Zapporah Turner then drove in a run and advanced Jackson to third with a single to left field. Madeyson Roover followed that with a fly ball out to right, but Samantha Brimmer beat the ensuing throw to first on a ground ball to the shortstop that left Lapeer trailing 7-2 before finally falling 8-6.

After Justyce Gilliand popped out to the catcher to put Lapeer at the plate in the bottom of the fourth, Grand Blanc pitcher Allison Koerkel walked Heather Shires and got Teigan Haskins to hit a short fly ball to the shortstop. When Alexis Fisher then beat the throw to first, that gave Lapeer runners on first and second with one out, leading to Breanna Nolan hitting into a third-to-first double play that ended the inning for Grand Blanc.

In the other district semifinal Davison eliminated Brandon 5-2 before defeating Grand Blanc 6-2 in the championship game. The title contest was actually a scoreless deadlock until Davison scored five runs in the third and another in the fourth. Grand Blanc did answer that rally with two runs of its own in the fifth, but several close calls left the squad on the outside looking in at the trophy presentation.

Davison takes the field for the Div. 1 regionals on Saturday at Saginaw Heritage at 10 a.m. against Midland, which beat Bay City Western at home on Saturday 7-2 to win the No. 2-1 district title. – M.S.

Div. 2 at Lake Fenton

The Martians defeated Linden 1-0 in the first semifinal Saturday at the Lake Fenton district.

They moved on to face Lake Fenton in the championship game dropping a 6-0 decision to the Blue Devils.

Starting pitcher Emily Stambaugh played a major role in the victory over the Eagles. She helped her own cause by driving in Bailie Losee with the game’s only run.

She also struck out six and allowed just three hits out of the 21 hitters she faced. Stambaugh left the game in the bottom of the sixth with two outs after being hit in the head by a line drive.

Senior Rachel Stoner came on in relief to finish up for Stambaugh. Stoner finished with a pair of punch outs. – K.W.

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