Heading to district semifinals

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Maddie Beck is poised to stop Lake Orion on first base. Photo by Wendi Reardon

Maddie Beck ran from her first-base spot to catch a foul hit and landed at the fence next to the Lady Wolves’ dugout at Lake Orion last Thursday.
“Maddie – that might be the play of the day,” said Clarkston Varsity Softball Head Coach Don Peters. “It was awesome.”
The catch ended the top of the sixth inning and preventing the Lady Dragons from scoring.
“Maddie had a little strain in her leg and she is playing through it,” said Peters. “It’s a lot of heart.”
Clarkston Varsity Softball ended the game with a 10-9 win over the top-ranked Lake Orion.
We have improved immensly since day one,” said Don Peters, head coach. “This isn’t the same team that played Lake Orion. I think it surprised them.”
The game was a make up game from April 26 when the second game during the double header was stopped after four innings.
“What a difference in weather,” said Peters. “It was 40 and rain and snow.”
The game picked up from where it had left off with the Lady Wolves leading 10-7.
Lake Orion’s first two batters were out at first base with quick throws from Hailey Minton and Paige Blevins to Beck. Their next two batters hit doubles and scored two runs, putting the score 10-9.
The Lady Wolves had the bases loaded when Abby Skvarce came on as the fourth batter to hit. Her hit was caught and Lake Orion took out the next two hitters to end the inning.
“I knew it was going to be a war and I hoped we kept them to less than three. We did,” said Peters, adding Clarkston had a few shots to score. “They have a lot of heart.”
The Lady Wolves finished the seventh inning quickly on defense keeping Lake Orion from scoring waht they needed to tie the game with catches from Mariah Hood and Katelyn Garvin to finish the game.
The Lady Wolves (29-9, 12-2 OAA Red) face off against Lake Orion once more this Saturday at the MHSAA District Semifinals at Oxford.
“We’re ready,” said Peters. “I know our girls are going to come out and play with everything they have. We are very familiar with each other. There aren’t going to be any surprises.”
He added seeing the Lady Dragons before playoffs helps the team.
“You know you can beat them,” he said. “They are a good team and ranked in the top 10.”
The semifinals begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday with Clarkston and Lake Orion. The finals begin at 2 p.m. The winner moves on to regionals on June 11.

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