Dansville claimed its third Division 4 regional softball title in the past four years with a 5-2 win over CMAC rival Fowler in the regional final at Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest on Saturday.
Paige Galbreath drove in three runs for the Aggies, including a two-run double in the second inning that gave Dansville (29-5) a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
“This is really big,” Dansville coach Mick Ream said. “This group of girls has worked their butts off, and it’s the best overall team I’ve had. I’ve had better players, but position-for-position, this is the best team.”
Meagan Kelly gave up one earned run and one walk, striking out nine in the game for Dansville.
With the win, the Aggies advance to the Division 4 quarterfinal against Allen Park Inter-City Baptist at Novi High School on Tuesday.
Fowler advanced to the final with a 13-3 six inning, mercy-rule win over Lutheran Northwest (14-20). Kelcie Feldpausch got the ball rolling at the plate for the Eagles with a two-run triple in the first inning, and Danielle Goerge struck out nine Crusaders in the win
“I thought we did pretty well,” Fowler coach Kat Schmitt said. “We just needed a couple of key hits here or there and we didn’t get them. But I don’t want to take anything away from (Dansville), they’re a really good team.”
The Aggies earned their way to the regional final with a 4-1 win over New Lothrop (17-14) in the semis.
— Scott Yoshonis
MATTAWAN 11, HOLT 0: Holt’s season ended with a loss to defending state champion Mattawan (31-10) in the Division 2 regional final at Portage Northern.
Holt (25-12) kept the game close early and trailed 3-0 after four innings. Mattawan combined to score eight runs over the final three innings to earn the victory.
“They (Mattawan) just didn’t do anything wrong,” Holt coach Kim Reichard said. “I didn’t think they would hit like they did.”
Mattawan hit a two-run homer in the third inning to go ahead 3-0, and after a three-run fifth, hit another two-run homer in the sixth to make it 8-0.
Leadoff hitter Courtney Masseau went 2 for 3 for Holt, which managed just five hits.
“We didn’t get the key hits, plain and simple,” Reichard said. “When we do get a hit in the outfield and send a runner home, they make a perfect throw.”
The Rams reached the regional final with a 3-2 win over Okemos.
— Ryan Bort
* GRANDVILLE CALVIN CHRISTIAN 2, LAINGSBURG 1: Grandville scored the winning run on an error with two out in the bottom of the seventh as the Wolfpack’s season ended in the Division 3 Regional semifinals at Ranney Park. Amanda George had Laingsburg’s only hit and scored their lone run in the top of the fifth. Michelle Kenealy threw a complete-game five hitter but suffered the loss for the Wolfpack. Laingsburg, which was participating in its first regional in 28 years, finished 23-14.