Eisenhower Dominates Rochester In Softball Pre-District Game
By Seth J. Walker
Rochester Hills, Michigan- The Utica Eisenhower Eagles softball team beat the Rochester Falcons, 9-0, in a Tuesday pre-district game of the Division I state playoffs. The Eagles won with their power hitting, as eight of their nine runs came off of home runs.
“We were pretty fortunate with our swings,” Eagles head coach Bob Hall said. “They were staying on top of the ball and driving the ball today.”
The Eagles hit four home runs off the Rochester defense. Infielder Page Kolinski hit a three-run home run to get the scoring started. Shortsop Aspen Starr had a two-run home run while Emily Oumelaz added a solo homer. However, it was the second home run, a two-run home run by utility player Katie Bolonga, that was the most memorable of the day, as it came on her birthday.
“It feels good and needed, very much,” Bologna said.
Bolonga is one of several Eagles that will get to continue her softball career at the college level, according to C&G News, as she’ll be attending Ferris State. Kolinski will attend Saginaw Valley State, while Starr will play at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Marissa Cilluffo will attend Ohio Northern. Finally, Kiersten Korber, who pitched a shutout against Rochester, will attend Oakland University, which had a strong regular season finish, ultimately propelling that team to the Horizon League championship game.
“I’m really excited,” Korber said. “They have a great campus, great coaching staff. I’m really excited.”
This season hasn’t been the easiest for the Eagles despite having won their district last year, which ended an eight year drought. Playing in the MAC Red Division, the top division of that conference, they can expect to face top-level competition on regular basis.
“We had our good days and our bad,” Hall said. “That all varies, we’re a young team, so we were learning. We were maturing and growing throughout the season. We hope we’re peaking right now and ready for some playoff softball.”
The Eagles succeeded in first playoff year this year with their win over the Falcons. They now advance to the district semifinals against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek. They now need two more wins to repeat as district champs.
“The MAC Red’s a tough league, so it definitely prepared us,” Hall said. “We’ve been playing some pretty good softball here as of late, so hopefully, we can keep that going.”
The Eagles will play the Stoney Creek Cougars at Stoney Creek, Saturday at 10am. The winner will then play again at 2pm against either Rochester Adams or Romeo.