West Bloomfield Loses Tough Softball Battle To Troy Athens
By Seth J. Walker
Troy, Michigan- The West Bloomfield Lakers dropped a Tuesday evening contest to Troy Athens, 4-0, in an Oakland Activities Association (OAA) crossover contest. The Lakers, despite their youth, are already one of the top teams in the OAA Blue, but faced a major test in an Athens team from the OAA Red, the highest division in the conference.
“I think we psyched ourselves out because we saw their record and we were watching them practice and I think we already thought we were going to lose before the game started,” Lakers sophomore pitcher Alexis Kill said. “This could have been a close game. I think they maybe earned one or two runs, and the rest were earned off errors.”
According to westbloomfieldathletics.com, Kill and fellow sophomore Jenna Frommer were the only Lakers who got hits against Athens, while Kill pitched six innings with five strikeouts, no walks, and allowing seven hits.
Despite the loss, the Lakers still have an impressive record of 17-6, as they now head closer to the Division I state playoffs beginning soon. Facing a team like Athens, according to Lakers head coach Craig Woodham, prepares them “a lot” for the tough district they’ll be a part of at White Lake Lakeland High School.
“We’re going to face pitching very similar to that, and defensive hitting very similar to that,” Woodham said. “It’s going to be maybe a hit or two more than Athens, but very similar.”
Thursday against Berkley will mark senior day for the Lakers’ lone senior, catcher Alexis Forsyth, known as A.J., making her final home appearance on West Bloomfield’s softball field.
“I’ve known A.J. for two years,” Kill said. “I love her. She’s a great addition to WB; and she’s really a leader and a role model. She’s an amazing catcher.”
The Lakers will face Berkley Thursday at 4:30pm at West Bloomfield High.