A special season came to a close Friday for the Secory Flyers 14-and-under softball team.
The Flyers lost 6-3 against Clovers (Indiana) in the loser’s bracket semifinals at the National Softball Association 14-and-under World Series, putting them in the top seven of the 83-team tournament.
“This is the first time they’ve ever been to a World Series, so there’s a lot of unknown,” Secory coach Randy Shagena said. “When I sat around and looked at the other teams, I felt we just really fit well against the other competition.”
Secory finished the season 38-8, many of those wins coming against 18-and-under teams during the league season.
The Flyers went on a tear through the loser’s bracket on Friday, winning 10-0 against WA Cobras (Illinois) — getting a no-hitter from Riley Shagena — 4-0 against the Indiana Mustangs, and 6-3 against the Honey Badgers (Ohio). That took them into the loser’s bracket semifinals.
Madeline Trombly had two hits, including a double, and five RBI in the win against Cobras, while Anna Herr added two hits and two RBI.
Jolene Kruskie had three hits, including a double, and two RBI in the win against the Mustangs, while Jaden Bailey (RBI), Trombly (two doubles), Anna Herr and Sami Klink (triple) each had two hits. Trombly picked up the win, striking out five.
Kruskie added three more hits (double) and two RBI against Honey Badgers, while Bailey (RBI), Trombly (two doubles), Herr and Kilnk (triple) each had two. Shagena picked up the win.
In the loss against Clovers, Cassidy Schott had three hits and two RBI, while Klink had two hits, including a triple.
“I just think overall we played solid defensively and had solid pitching from Riley and Madeline Trombly,” Shagena said.
KALAMAZOO – The St. Clair 13-and-under baseball team dropped its opener in the regional tournament, losing 9-2 against Minnesota.
The loss drops St. Clair to the loser’s bracket, where it will play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Kentucky. St. Clair will need a win to stay alive in the tournament.
Both of St. Clair’s runs were scored on sacrifice flies, although the second wasn’t necessarily meant to be one. Austin Schweiger was on second base with one out, and the Minnesota right fielder made a good play on a fly ball. As he held the ball up to let it be known he made the catch, Schweiger, who had tagged up from second base, kept running and scored.
“I’m not going to take away anything from that team across the diamond,” St. Clair coach Bart Stockwell said. “They beat us. Their pitchers kept us off balance the whole game.
“You get to this level and you’re not going to see a cupcake. Everybody here is a state champion.”
14U boys state
GLADSTONE – St. Clair’s run in the state tournament came to an end with an 8-5 loss against White Lake.
The game went 10 innings.
10U girls district
The St. Clair 9-10 year-old girls team won its district with a 14-2 victory over Marysville.
Avery Paul was the winning pitcher of the four inning, mercy shortened victory, after going three innings, allowing a hit and striking out six.
Sky Gottler had two hits and two RBIs, Lainey Pavlov had an inside the park home run and a double and Paul had a single and two RBIS. Sam Ferlin added two singles and two RBIs and Anna Gapshes had a single and an RBI.
“We have been pretty consistent,” St. Clair coach Ron Cook said. “We had only two errors in the entire tournament.”
St. Clair advances to the state tournament which begins Aug. 1 in Bay County.