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July 23, 2014

Division 1 softball all-star game ends in 9-9 tie

Red, White teams go full eight innings

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Members of the MHSSCA D-1 Red All-Star team pose after the game ended in a 9-9 tie.

MOUNT PLEASANT — St. Clair Shores Lakeview softball coach Steve Corbett said he expected a tight contest in coaching in the 2014 Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Division 1 All-Star Game.

What Corbett didn’t expect, though, was the game ending in a 9-9 tie. The game, played between “Red” and “White” teams, ended knotted up after eight full innings.

“I didn’t think there’d be that much scoring, but you can see it now, especially with so many talented players out there,” said Corbett, who in coaching the Red team got one last chance to coach his daughter, Becky, who as a senior hit .585 and was 52 for 52 in stolen base attempts.

The D-1 contest is one of four played July 23 at Central Michigan University. This is the 33rd year the softball all-star games have been played.

“It was a special game,” Steve Corbett said.

Romeo senior outfielder and White team member Geordin Craun hit a bloop single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to score Canton senior catcher Brooke Senkbeil to tie the game. Bay City Western senior shortstop Meredith Rousse hit a triple that brought home Sterling Heights Stevenson senior utility player Haley Knodell to give the Red team a 9-8 lead in the top of the eighth.

The Red team started strong, plating four runs in the top of the first. The White squad didn’t record a hit until St. Clair Shores Lake Shore senior third base Brooke Wauters smacked a double to center field in the bottom of the fourth.

“I’ve watched the games the last three years and you would see teams ending with only two hits,” Troy High senior first base and White team member Cori Mittelbrun said. “This was a lot of fun. I didn’t think there was any way there’d be 18 runs scored.

Red team member and Canton senior pitcher Hannah Warren stood out on the mound. Warren, in three innings of relief, struck out eight batters and allowed two runs.

The games, open to seniors only, feature about 30 players from each division.

Girls named All-State and All-State honorable mention are automatically invited to the games.

The rest of the rosters are filled out with players named All-Region from the playoffs.

The games were moved to Central Michigan from Michigan State University. MSU hosted the baseball and softball state finals in June.

The D-1 game featured 10 players from C&G Newspapers' coverage area and 15 players total in the four divisional all-star games.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.