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District final finish

Megan Hastings eyes her opponent from the mound. Photos by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
June 15, 2011 - Lady Hitters stayed behind on the softball field for a last pep talk after Waterford Kettering walked away with the win and the MHSAA District title on June 4.

The Clarkston Girls Varsity Softball team lost to the visitors, 6-2.

"I would have liked to score more runs in the game," said Don Peters, head coach. "They played good in the first game against Waterford Mott but they didn't have what they needed the second game. They played hard every minute of every game all season. That's what they did here it just didn't work out. Some situations, like most sports, it's just a matter of inches. The ball didn't go quite where we wanted on the hits. "

The girls began the district playoffs in the morning against Waterford Mott where they won, 6-3.

"We hit the ball real well and several girls made some outstanding plays," Peters added.

Including Tara Perry with two great plays in right field along with big hits, he said, along with Sydney Hasselbach played great defense as catcher.

Hasselbach hit 2-for-3, hit two doubles and had two RBIs. Rachel Alli also hit 2-for-3, hit a double and had one RBI. Megan Hastings hit 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Hastings was the winning pitcher with four strikeouts. She threw three runs, eight hits and had one walk.

The Lady Wolves finished 28-8 overall for the season and 8-4 in the OAA red.

"It was a good season but we didn't finish exactly where we wanted to," said Peters.

The girls lose three seniors - all of which are continuing their softball careers in college. Sarah Altene heads to University of Milwaukee School of Engineering, Allie Reeves head to Macomb Community College and Liz Zezula is going to Tiffin University.

"We got pretty attached to them," said Peters. "The girls will miss them and I will. In their four years they have won over 100 games, a couple of district titles and league championships. They have established a winning tradition."

Nine return for next year - ready to make their way for a state finals run.

"We will continue to work as a team to get better next year and look at the good things," said Peters. "We try to help the athletes become who they are become and give them a rich experience in the softball program."

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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