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Softball - 5/22/2017 

Wixom St. Catherine 0
Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes 5
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DETROIT >> It helps when you’ve had some success against a great pitcher, but the way Hannah Davies was spinning the ball this time, the Wixom St. Catherine Stars had no shot.

None.

Davies struck out 17 Stars in a complete-game no-hitter, as Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes won 5-0 in Monday’s Catholic League C-D championship game at the University of Detroit Mercy.

“I think she’s probably the best pitcher in the Catholic League. We’ve scored runs off her before, but today she was just on. She was completely on. We were off-balance, didn’t know what she was going to throw. Just tip your hat,” said St. Catherine coach Bob Green.

“I’m glad she got healthy in time to be here, because she needs to be here. We need the best out here for the Catholic League to shine — but I wish she had an off day. No, just a great kid, and you tip your hat to her. No shame in losing to a kid like that.”

Davies didn’t allow a baserunner until the fifth, and just two in the game, facing one over the minimum through seven innings. And the Stars (13-8) only put the ball in play four times, in total.

“Yeah, that was exciting. Good team effort, really came out hitting. Helps when we swing the bats. The screwball was working well, and they couldn’t get it. So, it worked well,” Davies said.

“We started off hitting, and once we shut them down in the first inning, it was ‘Here we go …’”

Davies was working with a lead since the top of the first inning, and it helped.

“A lot of comfort, knowing you’ve got runs,” she said. “And, if your team can field the ball — which they can — you’re good.”

The Lakers (11-8) didn’t have to field it often, though, as Davies struck out the side in the first, third, fifth and sixth. Rachel Johnston was the first to put the ball in play, out on a bunt attempt. Megan Cermak walked to lead off the fourth, but was out trying to steal on the back end of a strike-em-out, throw-em-out double play.

Cermak would factor into the next ball in play, too, popping up a bunt right in front of home plate. Lakes catcher Stephanie Carver made a diving attempt to catch it, but dropped the ball on contact with the ground, and Cermak reached on the error. The Stars bunted her into scoring position, but Davies calmly got a pop out and a strikeout to end the game.

“Steph made a great play on that one bunt in the air — she just couldn’t hang onto it,” said Lakes coach Steve Troy said, noting that, at times, his young team has unraveled a bit, when things have gone wrong defensively.

“When we played Foley in the semifinal, we went 10 innings with them, and that’s kind of what happened early. We had a few hiccups on the infield, with some bunts and stuff, but to the kids’ credit, they played hard, they stayed together, and nobody panicked. Hannah didn’t panic. Defense got better as the game went on, and kind of carried over to today.”

The Lakers jumped on Stars pitcher Maddie Campagna for two first-inning runs to give Davies that early cushion.

And it was Davies who led them there, too. She had an RBI single after Olivia Hankey’s leadoff walk, then scored on an error to make it 2-0. After her RBI double in the second inning scored Hankey to make it 3-0, Green made the decision to take the bat out of Davies’ hands the rest of the way, intentionally walking her in her next two at-bats.

“It’s frustrating, it’s flattering. But I know my team’s got my back,” Davies said.

The first time, it loaded the bases, but Campagna wiggled out of the jam to keep it 3-0. The next time, however, Kayla Sanders made them pay, drilling a double to the wall in center field to drive in two runs, making it 5-0 in the sixth.

“The at-bat before that, she tried to put a bunt down, and I said, ‘Listen, we don’t want you putting a bunt down. You’re a good hitter. Just swing away,’” Troy said. “And then you saw what happened, she hit that double.”

Last Updated: 5/23/2017 12:06:30 AM EST


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