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Once again, Lakeland walks away with Fred Pieper championship WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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  • Lakeland won its sixth straight Fred Pieper softball tournament championship on Sunday. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Happy Mother's Day to all the softball Moms who spent thier special day at the 36th annual Fred Pieper tournament. What great way to celebrate the day! (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
  • Lakeland, Rochester and Troy Athens all competed on day 2 of the Fred Pieper softball tournament on Sunday May 11, 2014. Lakeland defeated Romeo 7-6 in 9 innings to win the title. (Photo gallery by Ken Swart for the Oakland Press)
ROYAL OAK – The Mother’s Day tradition continues.

For the sixth consecutive year, Lakeland walked away with the championship trophy at the annual Fred Pieper Invitational Softball Tournament at Memorial Park in Royal Oak, outdueling Romeo in the finals 6-5 in extra innings Sunday afternoon.

Senior Karissa Gawronski connected on the game-winning RBI single in the ninth to send the Eagles (20-4) to victory in the tourney always played on Mother's Day Weekend.

“I live for these situations,” said Gawronski, a four-year letter-winner at powerhouse Lakeland, of her late-inning heroics. “This is why I play softball. I saw the chance to end things and I took advantage. I’m proud of my team.”

Gawronski was swatting like a big-leaguer all game long, concluding the intense title-tilt 4-for-5 with a pair of base-knocks. Saginaw Valley State-commit Madison Burgess also went 4-for-5 with 2 RBI in the game.

“The girls just kept scrapping,” Lakeland skipper Joe Alsup said. “We fought hard and finished strong.”

Sydney Schultz snagged the win from the circle in relief. Lakeland topped Troy Athens 3-0 in the semis.

Last Updated: 5/12/2014 3:18:12 PM EST

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