The Croswell-Lexington 13-14-year-old little league softball team has a lot to look forward to.
Cros-Lex advanced to the state round after winning a pair of games last week to claim the district title and the Pioneers will travel to Taylor this weekend for the state tournament.
Leading the way for the Pioneers was Paige Levitt, who pitched in each game and also had three hits in each. For her performance, Levitt is the Times Herald Athlete of the Week.
“She did really well,” Levitt’s father and Cros-Lex coach Mark Levitt said. “Her hitting and bunting were supurb. She was on base three of her four at bats in each game. I know what it is for her to work hard. When you see the success of pitching with her on a daily basis at home translate to her coming out like that when the crowd is around, it’s very fulfilling.
“Paige is a very good offensive player. Teams will come up because she is the fastest kid in the league. They know they have to play real close. It’s quite comical to watch sometimes. We challenge people on the bases and she has enough speed and enough smarts to advance to another base or get teams to make errors.”
The Pioneers defeated Marysville, 4-0 in eight innings early in the week and then beat them again, 10-3 in the district final Thursday.
In the district-clinching game, Levitt was at her best. She pitched all seven innings of the victory and struck out nine.
“Going into the tournament we knew that we could succeed,” Paige said. “We were more nervous playing them the first game instead of the second game. The second game we did what we do.”
That sets the stage for the Pioneers this week. The Pioneers will begin pool play Friday. After watching other successful little league teams come out of Cros-Lex, the current group hopes to have a similar run.
“We definitely look up to the high school girls,” Paige said. “Especially the varsity girls. Their success (in little league) pushed us to be more successful.
“Win or lose we know what we are capable of and I think we can do it. I would like to get all of the wins.”
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