reprinted from the Tuscola County Advertiser
GRAND BLANC — Millington had its most impressive performance thus far in a season full of them by making a run to the finals of Saturday and Sunday’s 42-team Michigan Stars softball tournament.
Going 6-1 over the weekend, the Division 3 10th-ranked Cardinals’ only loss was 12-11 to Division 1 top-ranked Clarkston, which features NCAA Division I college commitments to the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, and Central Michigan University.
“The Michigan Stars tournament is no joke,” said Millington coach Greg Hudie, whose team improved to 20-2. “It’s a gauntlet, with seven games played in two days.
“I don’t know if we’ve (previously) played seven games in a week this year,” he added. “There were a number of high-caliber athletes there, and we were the only Division 3 school still playing down the stretch.”
Millington won its pool with a 7-0 win over the Michigan Alliance, a 6-5 win over South Lyon East and a 13-2 win over Garden City. Freshman pitcher Sabrina Gates won the decisions over Alliance and Garden City while Gabbie Sherman won the decision over South Lyon East.
In their first Sunday bracket game, the Cardinals beat Imlay City 10-1 behind the pitching of Sherman. Millington followed up on the performance with a 5-3 win over Monroe that was also credited to Sherman and a 5-4 semifinal win over L’Anse Creuse that was pitched by Gates.
With 12 homers in its seven games played this weekend, the Cardinals have now connected for 31 this season, already surpassing last year’s total of 28. Their school record of 38 homers that was set in 2016 is within reach, and Millington is batting .419 as a team.
Madi Hahn homered four times this weekend to raise her team-leading total to eight while Sydnee Bishop also had four homers, giving her seven overall.
Sherman has 127 strikeouts in 83 innings pitched