Grass Lake High School softball pitcher Katelyn Postuma concentrates on her pitch during the MHSAA Division 3 softball regional tournament at Sand Creek High School on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Steers, JTV Sports.
By Jeff Steers
(June 11, 2022 9:29 PM) Last year the Grass Lake High School softball team had a number of the same players on the squad, but not the experience.
A year off due to COVID made 2021 the first varsity season for a number of players.
Grass Lake is making up for lost time in 2022.
The Warriors won their first regional title since 2005 with a pair of wins at Sand Creek High School.
Grass Lake defeated Dundee 6-0 in the opening game, then opened things up with a 16-1 win over Jonesville in the championship game.
The Warriors advance to the Division 3 quarterfinals at Adrian College on Tuesday. Grass Lake will face Algonac at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinal round.
Laney Brown earned the pitching win for Grass Lake in game one. She pitched all seven innings for the Warriors, striking out 10 batters and allowing only four hits.
Brown also did it at the plate with four hits and two RBIs. Freshman Bree Salts and Emily Brown had two hits apiece and knocked in two runs each in the win.
Junior Katelyn Postuma earned the pitching win for Grass Lake in the championship game. Postuma is one of the few upperclassmen on the squad for Grass Lake.
“We were so young last year we couldn’t pull it together at the end of the season,” Postuma said. “We were not mentally tough enough … we are ready this season.”
Postuma enjoyed the solid defense behind her in the win.
“Having a strong defense behind me is very important as I rely on ground ball out,” Postuma said.
The big blow for Grass Lake was a home run by Emily Guthrie in the second inning. Guthrie knocked in four runs as the Warriors put up seven runs in the inning.
Brown had three hits and knocked in three runs and Rylee Fitzpatrick finished with two hits and three RBIs in the championship game.
Grass Lake is now 38-3 on the season heading into the state quarterfinals. Algonac’s GameChanger lists the Muskrats as having a 31-3 record so far this season.