(6-19-22) Lakeshore (40-4) came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Trenton 6-2 in the MHSAA D2 State Softball title game at Michigan State’s Secchia Stadium to win the Lancer’s eighth state championship and first since 2014.
Trenton (33-11) was in a Final for the first time since 2005 and was hoping to pick up its first statechampionship.
In Lakeshore’s previous three games all were decided by one run, the Lancers would score six runs over the final three innings after trailing 2-0.
Junior Ava Mullen (3 innings, 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 K and 1 BB) and sophomore Avery Atwood (4 innings, 4 hits, 1 unearned run, 5 K’s and no walks) combined to allow six hits and one earned run. They struck out six and walked one.
On offense the Lancers were led by Anna Chellman who went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBIs.
Lakeshore coach Denny Dock, the third-winningest coach in MHSAA softball history gave his defense credit in the win –
“We’ve played some unbelievable teams and we’ve played unbelievable defense, especially the last half of the year. “From the third inning on I thought defense started to carry us again like it has been, and a huge play was Eva (Kerschbaum) throwing that girl out at second base, and then the last out Gianna (Solloway) makes a phenomenal running catch to get that third out.”