Just when many thought the year couldn’t be more stellar for Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes women’s athletics, its softball team captured the Catholic League C-D Division championship last week in dramatic fashion.
The Lakers defeated rival Marine City Cardinal Mooney, 6-5, in 10 innings, on Tuesday, May 24 in the Catholic League C-D Division title game at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Our Lady (31-5) trailed the Cardinals, 5-3, heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, when Lauren Robak scored on a fielders choice by Angie Mastromatteo.
Jules Mastromatteo then scored from third base on a wild pitch by Breagh Beaton to tie the game at 5-5 and force extra innings.
The eighth and ninth innings were scoreless before Our Lady came up to bat in the bottom of the tenth.
Abbygayle Kline walked, then advanced from first to third on a wild pitch.
Abbey Troy then capitalized on the error by driving home Kline for the game-winning run.
“I hadn’t been hitting well all day so I just tried to put the ball in play,” Troy said.
Michelle Cottrell pitched a complete game for Our Lady, who began play in the MHSAA District Tournament on Tuesday, May 31 at Rochester Hills-Lutheran Northwest.
The Lakers have now won Catholic League championships in girls basketball, soccer and softball this school year.
“The kids never gave up even when were down in the seventh inning. It just shows what great leadership we have with all the kids (seniors) and all the assistant coaches,” said Our Lady Head Coach Steve Troy.