Four strong softball teams made their way to Carleton Airport on Saturday looking to win a regional title.
When the dust settled, it was the Trenton Trojans who lifted the championship trophy.
Trenton faced Flat Rock in the Finals and knocked out the Rams by 6-0 to claim the D2, District 13 title. For the Trojans, it was their first regional title since 2005 and fourth in the program’s history.
Next up for Trenton is Tuesday’s D2 quarter-final match against Center Line, which it will host.
The Trojans (31-10) advanced to the regional championship game with a 5-3 victory over AC Milan (24-2) in the semi-finals earlier in the day at the airport. The Rams (24-10) advanced with an 8-1 victory over Dearborn Divine Child (14-21) in the second semi-final of the day.
Overall, the region featured the Huron League runner-up (Milan), the Huron League runner-up (Flat Rock) and the Downriver League runner-up (Trenton). Although Divine Child did not post an impressive record, the team had many talented players on the roster and the battle was tested in the difficult central division of CHSL.
In the championship match, Trenton snatched the 3-0 lead after two rounds and added three more later in the competition.
Isla Johnson shone in the Trojans circuit against two tough opponents on Saturday. Against Flat Rock in the Finals, she threw a full game punch and hit eight players. She allowed four hits and didn’t walk and only threw 83 throws. A similar performance followed against Milan in the semi-finals.
Kayla Giroux got her start on the Rams and also went the distance. One hit and stop for eight hits, three walks and six runs (4 I got).
At the top of the first half, London Williams slammed Trenton Homer with two runs. It hit Anika Segedi, who led the match with one song. Williams finished 2-for-3 on the day with three RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
For the Rams, Addie Cobb topped the bottom of the first by double and Sophia Somerset by one.
Johnson struck the next blow and a fundamental error led to the final exit.
To start at the top of the second, Alia Tangway got on the wrong side and moved into second on a pass ball. Maddie Howe walked and was then made victim by Maddie Dobbs, both runners.
The wild pitch during Segedi’s bet allowed Tangway to race at home and make it a 3-0 match.
Jiro led the bottom of the fourth with a single for Flat Rock. She was able to steal second place, but Trenton’s fisherman Olivia Hickman shot her in an attempt to pass third.
For the Trojans, Gracie Rickman drilled a triple for fifth. Then it was Williams and the rams chose to issue her intentional outing.
Williams quickly stole second place and soon after a base kick from Hickman both runners and Trenton led with a 5-0 lead.
With two wins, Kendyl Gearhart kept the stroke with a double, pushing courtesy runner Jordyn Emery into third. However, Giroux got the next mixture to fly and escaped without further damage.
Trenton added another in the sixth inning. She chose Annika Olstead on her own. Dobbs ran for Allstead and went up when Rickman hit a foul. She brought the key kick from Williams Dobbs and eventually crowned him with a score.
Rams managed another primary runner in the game, with Audrey Datsun scoring a double for sixth.
Next up for the Trojans is Tuesday’s D2 State Quarterfinal Battle with the Central Line (18-14), and the match will take place in Trenton at 4pm. The winner of that competition will advance to the state semifinals on June 16 at Michigan State University.
Earlier today, Trenton survived a tough battle with Milan in the semi-finals at the airport. The Trojans had three runs at the top of the third set but the Big Reds tied with three at the bottom of the fourth.
Trenton got two runs at the top of seventh and went on to win 5-3.
Johnson started in the circle and hit six Milan players. I gave up four hits and three runs I got and didn’t walk anyone.
At the top of the third third, the Trojans took advantage of three Milan errors on the field to push three runs across.
With two naysayers, Segedi arrived on one ground. Rickman piled in on the way and a poor throw put Sigidi for third.
A song was knocked down by Williams at Sigidi while a mistake in the play allowed Rickman to race at home and Williams to reach third base.
A Hickman blunder kicked Williams home and made it 3-0.
At the bottom of the fourth, a three-and-a-half hit led the Big Reds to tie the match 3-3.
Trenton had two runners in fifth and sixth and couldn’t capitalize on it. But with two runners on board in seventh they regained the lead.
Williams walked in to lead, and Hickman singled out and both rose in a blow by Molly Edmonds. Gearheart stopped in the penalty area and hit a display 1-0 into the right court which scored Williams and courtesy runner Emery.
Annalei Guth kept the half alive with a single but Milan were able to avoid more damage.
At the bottom of the seventh place, Johnson got the first two hitters to hit and finish the match with a strike strike.
In another semi-final on Saturday at the airport, Flat Rock jumped to a seven-game lead after four innings and went on to beat Divine Child 8-1.
Somerset finished 3-on-3 with my doubles and had two RBIs, scored three runs and a stolen base.
Madeline Cerrone went 1 vs 3 with a double, three RBIs and a stolen base.
Addison Rousey was 2 for 3 with 2 doubles and had one RBI and one round in the win.
Giroux took a hit in the base, scored three runs and two bases stolen along the way. In addition, Maddie Portez doubled and led on tour, Cobb had RBI and McKenna Williams singles scored once.
Ryen Clair started on the Flat Rock circuit. She hit one hit and allowed five hits, didn’t walk and ran one unearned in seven full rounds of action.
For the Hawks, Jessica Nelson finished 2-on-2 on the board with one RBI while her teammate Adrianna Johnson was also 2-on-2 and scored the team’s only round on Saturday.
Avery Schellenberger and Allison Surella each took a hit for Divine Child and Claire Edgell streaked.
Katherine Modrzejowski was the primary bowler for the Falcons and Nelson saw time on the circuit.
One week earlier, the Rams won the D2, District 50 with a 4-3 victory over the New Boston Huron in additional innings. Flat Rock held the bases at the bottom of the eighth and at that point Portis hit a court and Jerroux entered the winning inning. Earlier today, the Rams beat the airport 8-3. Overall, the team won the fourth title in a row.
Divine Child moved into the regional round by controlling his way to D2, the District 51 championship this season. The Falcons topped Redford Union 18-1 in the finals, and earlier in the day they beat Dearborn Academy Henry Ford 16-1 in the semi-finals.
Overall, Divine Child has earned the title of the show’s fifth district in the last six seasons it has played.