West Bloomfield Sweeps Softball Doubleheader Against Hazel Park
By Seth J. Walker
West Bloomfield, Michigan- The West Bloomfield Lakers continued their winning ways Thursday by sweeping both games of their home double header against OAA Blue rival, Hazel Park. The Lakers won the firsts game, 16-1 and the second one, 13-4, upping their record to 17-5 (12-2 OAA Blue), with sophomore pitcher Alexis Kill getting the win in both games.
The first game saw the Lakers have two huge innings, with five runs in the first inning, and a whopping nine runs in the fifth inning; this coming off a six-run fifth inning against Royal Oak the day before.
The second game was much more of a challenge, even if the final score didn’t indicate that. After building a 3-1 lead, the Lakers allowed three unanswered runs by Hazel Park in the third inning, tying the game at four runs apiece.
“They needed to rally together and start to bring the fire back up,” Lakers head coach Craig Woodham said. “We just thought that if we got them out there, and rattle their cages a little bit, that they would get back into it.”
That moment once again came in the fifth inning, scoring six runs before adding three more in the sixth inning.
Throughout both games, the Lakers displayed an overwhelming team effort, with no one player being overly dominant. Players throughout the lineup contributed, whether it was getting hits, batting in runs, stealing bases, or drawing walks.
With one more full week of regular season play left, followed by the state playoffs, which begins June 2nd for the Lakers, time is now winding down on the high school softball career of the Lakers’ lone senior, catcher Alexis Forsyth.
“It has occurred to me,” Forsyth said. “It’s going to be a change to for me because I’ve been doing softball for a very, very long time; and it’s different kind of realizing that the girls you’ve been with for four years now, I won’t see anymore because I won’t be here, anymore. It makes me a little sad in all honesty, because I really do love them, but I’m (also) excited to move on and see what else it out there.”
The Lakers will play in the Michigan Challenge this weekend before playing their final two regular season games next week at traveling to face Troy Athens, Tuesday, and then hosting Berkley, Thursday. Both games will be at 4:30pm.