West Bloomfied Beats Royal Oak In OAA Crossover Softball Battle
Editor’s Note: It has come to my attention that West Bloomfield head softball coach Craig Woodham being reported as the former head coach of the Royal Oak high school team is inaccurate. Woodham previously coached for Royal Oak Shrine Catholic and is a Royal Oak resident, but never coached at Royal Oak High. It’s always important for every journalist to fact check every bit of information they receive from any source. This error only highlights the importance of doing so. Sports Source Media will strive to always to bring you, the readers, the most accurate information possible and when there are inaccuracies, correct them as soon as possible. Thank you all for your continued support. You heard it from me, Seth Walker.
By Seth J. Walker
West Bloomfield, Michigan- The West Bloomfield softball team defeated Royal Oak, 7-2, in a Wednesday evening Oakland Activities Association (OAA) crossover game. The West Bloomfield Lakers blew the game open in the fifth inning, scoring six unanswered runs, after starting the inning with a 2-1 deficit.
Senior catcher Alexis Forsyth had a three-RBI double, which gave the Lakers a 4-2 lead. Sophomore infielder Isabela Tatum kept the momentum going, getting on base on a Royal Oak error, which drove in two more runs, before later scoring herself.
“We definitely turned it on in the fifth inning,” Forsyth said. “It definitely took us a moment to get our fire on, but once we did, we really took off.”
Sophomore pitcher Alexis Kill pitched all seven innings for the Lakers, allowing only four hits and striking out four batters.
The win comes after losing both games of a double header against OAA Blue rival Birmingham Groves. According to westbloomfiedathleticscom, the Lakers are now 15-5 for the season despite having a very young team, with one senior, one junior, nine sophomores, and one freshman.
“It’s really amazing,” Kill said. “Last year, we didn’t do well at all, and this year, I think all together, we have a better team bond and I think our coaches are really helping us out more (by) having more aggressive practices and overall, our team, we just click more together instead of having little groups. We all together like sisters. It’s like another family for us.”
What makes this turnaround even more impressive is the fact that they’re doing it under a first-year head coach Craig Woodham, a Royal Oak resident who previously coached at Royal Shrine Catholic. This draws parallels to the college level where the Oakland softball team this season, under a first year head coach, loaded with mostly freshmen and sophomores, road a late-season surge all the way to the Horizon League Championship game.
“The staff is new, the program is all new,” Woodham said. “New girls, some of them were around last year. Some of them were on JV and then moved up, such as Miss Kill. She played half the season on JV and then move up the latter half to varsity and then she came out as the ace this year and worked her way into it and it’s been doing really good. So those type of things are changing the culture, changing the passion, changing what we do as coaches is what made them react to what we’re doing.”