West Bloomfield Sweeps Berkley In Softball Doubleheader On Senior Day
By Seth J. Walker
West Bloomfield, Michigan- The West Bloomfield Lakers softball team capped off a memorable Senior Day, sweeping Berkley in a Thursday doubleheader. The Lakers won the first game, 10-9, and the second game, 11-1, to provide a proper sendoff to the lone senior, catcher Alexis “AJ” Forsyth.
After trailing most of game one, the Lakers, gained the lead, 8-7, in the sixth inning, before allowing a run in the seventh. In the eight inning, Jenna Frommer got the RBI single needed to score Rebecca Beinstock for the winning run.
“Well the count was 2-0, so there were two balls,” Frommer said. “I was like, I’m just going to wait for my perfect pitch and threw one right down the middle. I just swung and it just went.”
Alexis Kill allowed 13 hits and nine runs over eight innings, but struck out six, while five different Lakers recorded multiple hits according to westbloomfieldathletics.com.
In contrast to game one, the Lakers wasted no time dominating in game two, scoring 10 of their 11 runs in the first three innings, giving Izzy Tatum the easy win on the mound, striking out five, while allowing four hits and one run in five innings.
With most of her teammates being sophomores, except for one freshman and one junior, Forsyth, as a senior definitely stands out as the clubhouse leader, leading chants, and rallying her teammates regardless of the in-game situation, which made it all the more special for her teammates to get her two wins in her final home stand.
“She was always someone who was there to pick you up,” Frommer said. “She really helped coach us, even though she wasn’t a real coach; and she’s always nice, funny and can make you laugh when you’re down.”
For Forsyth, it had already begun sinking in that her high school softball career is nearing its end, but Senior Day reinforced that feeling for her, as she was honored along with both of Berkley’s seniors in between games.
“It’s weird, because I’ve always been involved with Senior Day,” Forsyth said. “Having it done for you, it definitely creates a different feeling. I started to cry a little bit before all my teammates decided to dump water on me, but no, I couldn’t have asked for a better Senior Day. This was, in all honesty, awesome. I’m really going to miss these girls, because they were my family at this school for the last four years, and now, I’m leaving.”
The Lakers will begin their playoff march with a district semifinal showdown against host Walled Lake Northern on Saturday, June 2nd, at 10am.