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The third time was a charm for the Trenton softball team in Friday’s District 57 championship game.

For the past two years, the Trojans’ season has ended at the hands of Riverview, but it was Trenton who had the 3-0 win Friday afternoon, sending the Bucs home.

Trenton got things started in the second inning.

Shelby Kersten scored on a wild pitch and then Michelle Kasenow smacked a double, Josie Palazzolo came sliding home and in a close call was called safe for a 2-0 lead.

The third inning saw just six batters between the two teams and Trenton added its last run in the bottom of the fourth.

Kersten got to first on a bunt and then came home on another wild pitch.

The Trojans threatened again in the fifth, but the Bucs quickly got themselves out of the inning, but were unable to come back.

“It was disappointment obviously,” Riverview Coach Scott Steward said. “We came in feeling good about ourselves.

“We didn’t feel bad, we just made a couple key mistakes that they took advantage of and when you’re playing a good team in a district final, you can’t make those mistakes and we know that so we have no one to blame but ourselves.”

The Trojans, who came into the championship game with 19 losses this season, were thrilled with the win.

“We’re pleased,” Trenton Coach John Biedenbach said. “We told the old adage about all for one and one for all and it finally bit in.

“That’s what it’s all about.”

Biedenbach was thrilled with the pitching of senior Courtney Neff and said she was instrumental in the win.

“Courtney was on fire,” he said. “She was really on.

“In the past, a lot of the games you get about that sixth, seventh inning and something happens and then the merry-go-round starts. But not today.”

Biedenbach and his team talked about last year’s district semifinal loss to Riverview before heading into the game.

“We did bring that up and I tried to emphasize they had a good record and now the roles have been reversed,” he said. “If you look at us on paper, we shouldn’t have won the game. If you look at them, they got it.

“But we have nothing to lose. We played the nail in the coffin game and tried to stay really positive and I think that was the whole key.”

It was a piece of cake getting to the district finals. The Trojans faced River Rouge and extremely easily took the 30-0 mercy win after three innings.

It was 20-0 after just the first inning and the Trojan defense retired nine straight batters in the three frames played.

Trenton scored its first six runs on either wild pitches or walks, before they got the hitting going.

The first inning saw the batting order almost three times and the girls just smacked balls left and right, quickly cruising to victory.

The Bucs too had a mercy win; a 12-2 win over Huron League Rival Grosse Ile.

“We played them twice in league and we beat them twice in league,” Steward said. “We knew that we had to be sharp and I thought that we came out strong and we stayed on it and we hit the ball well and played well defensively.

“That’s probably our best ball. That’s us at our best and unfortunately it just didn’t carry over into the district final.”

Riverview had a 3-0 lead after one inning, and added two in the second, three in the third, one in the fourth, and three in the fifth en route to victory.

Cloey Odor got the scoring started, smacking a single that scored two and then scored herself a runner later.

Two singles and a double in the second made it a 5-0 game after two and some Grosse Ile errors in the third brought the score to 8-0.

Grosse Ile got on board in the bottom of the fourth when a double brought Briana Chamberlain and Moriah Wilke across the plate, but it was all the scoring Grosse Ile could muster.

Odor and Olivia Logan both went three-for-four for the Bucs.

“We played an amazing Riverview team today,” Grosse Ile Coach Erin Allison said. “Those girls hit the ball, they don’t make errors in the field and they score a lot of runs.

“If you aren’t doing that, its’ tough to beat a team like them.”

Despite the loss, Allison is optimistic about the future.

“We’re young,” she said. “We’re hoping that we can keep these kids in the program and coming up out of middle school .. so that we can build the program that we want.”

Last Updated: 6/2/2014 2:05:36 AM EST