Softball: Skyline brings home first trophy in program history

The Skyline softball team made history this weekend. For the first time in program history, the varsity softball team brought home a trophy after the Eagles went 3-0 on Saturday to win the Grosse Pointe South round-robin tournament.

The first game pitted Skyline against Romulus in the battle of the Eagles.

Mayah Alum kept Romulus scoreless in the first two innings while her teammates could get the bats warmed up. Skyline scored once in the first inning, and two in each of the second and third innings to provide a comfortable lead.

Romulus answered with one in the third and two in the fourth.

But Skyline had an even bigger answer, scoring seven runs to break it open for a 12-5 win.

Skyline faced Detroit Western International in the second game after they knocked off host GP South 8-3. They were in for a bit of a shock facing the hot pitching hand of Skyline’s Grace Yeung.

While Yeung pitched a beautiful two-hitter, striking out seven batters, her Eagles teammates were shining up the bats to unleash some major offensive fire power.
After Maddie Czajka singled and Megan Rood walked, Emily Tyner and Yeung cracked back to back long home runs – both in the first inning as the Eagles made an early statement.

Czajka, Tyner and Yeung were all 2 for 3 in the game. Kellen Black finished off the scoring in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run homer as the Eagles soared to a 10-0 win in five innings.

The championship game was the 2-0 Eagles facing the 1-1 Blue Devils on their varsity field. Winning the coin flip for the third time, Skyline took the field first as the home team – it would not be the last thing they would win on the day.

Skyline turned its first of three double plays in the first inning.

After GP South’s number two batter hit a double, the number three batter hit a sharp grounder to Emily Tyner at shortstop who fielded it clean, checked the runner perfectly and froze her on her lead off. Tyner then hit her mark at first base for the first out, and as the runner then tried to advance from second to third, first baseman Amelia Greco threw a strike to Kellen Black at third who put the tag on the runner for the 6-3-5 double play.

After a scoreless first inning, the Eagles put three runs on the scoreboard, with Greco, Sarah Goodman and Madison Westhoven crossing the plate. Czajka, Rood and Goodman all had hits that inning.

The Eagles would score another run in the fourth inning on hits by Westhoven, Rood, Tyner and Yeung.

In the sixth, GP South would score their only run on a leadoff homer by their superstar shortstop Grace Foster who had already hit three home runs on the day.

Two more runs by the Eagles in the bottom of sixth would end the scoring.  Hits by Yeung and Black would score Rood and Tyner and the Eagles cruised to a 6-1 win.

It capped off an impressive day for the Eagles who outscored their three opponents 28-6 combining strong pitching, solid defense and an explosive offense to capture some new hardware for the trophy case.

Skyline plays two home doubleheaders this week, riding a five-game win streak. Bedford comes to town on Monday; Lincoln visits on Wednesday.

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