The districts are yesterday’s news.
The 12-and-under Marysville and 13-and-14 year-old Croswell-Lexington little league softball teams are about to embark on to the state round.
This weekend, Marysville will travel to Parchment and Cros-Lex will travel to Taylor for the state championships. Each team will play a pool play round that will take the top teams into a single elimination tournament bracket.
Cros-Lex will begin play Friday while Marysville begins Saturday.
“I think traditionally teams from our district are pretty strong with Cros-Lex and St. Clair,” Marysville coach Jim Collins said. “Now I’m proud that we can say Marysville too.
“I told the girls that we should expect all of the teams to be like Cros-Lex and St. Clair. We can’t afford not to bring our A game.”
Marysville advanced to the state round by defeating St. Clair for the district championship. Cros-Lex, meanwhile, advanced by knocking off the Marysville 13-and-14-year-old team.
“They grew up practicing on the same fields or next to the fields as the world series girls from Cros-Lex,” Pioneers coach Mark Levitt said. “Everyone was coaching together and all at the gym at the same time. They saw the success they had.
“They are excited. Pitching is going to be the key for us. We have five good pitchers. They are able to pin-point where they spot the ball and I tell my catcher to move on this side of the plate or that side of the plate. We move it around so batters don’t know what’s coming.”
While Cros-Lex has leaned heavily on the pitching duo of Paige Levitt and Lexi Willing, the Vikings have also featured a dominant 1-2 punch.
For Marysville, Lark Collins and Megan Liniarski have made the main contributions on a talented staff that goes four deep.
“We have four good pitchers, but our two girls that pitched most of the district was Lark Collins and Megan Liniarski,” coach Collins said.
“If you can get good pitching and can play small ball, bunt and you can cover the bunt, you are in good shape. If you have some kids that can run on base and do things with that it will be huge.”
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