STEVENSVILLE, Mich. – Survive and advance! After dropping Friday's (May 13) opener to OCC, Macomb Softball shutout Mott, 5-0, to advance to Saturday's Great Lakes District B Championship. With one loss, the Monarchs will need to defeat OCC twice Saturday to win the tournament crown and earn a berth into the NJCAA Division II National Championship.
First pitch for game one Saturday has been moved up to 10:00 a.m. The second game will follow immediately afterward, if necessary.
GAME ONE: OCC 11, Macomb 7
The Monarchs led for most of the way, but OCC came alive to post 10 runs over the fifth and sixth innings to earn an 11-7 victory. Samantha Scott (Romeo, Mich./Eisenhower) connected on her fifth home run of the season and Natalie Lerchenfeld (Macomb, Mich./Dakota) went a perfect 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.
Danielle Erickson (Sterling Heights, Mich./Sterling Heights) also had two hits as part of a 2-for-3 effort with an RBI and a run scored. Lerchenfeld and Scott led the Monarchs with two runs driven in each.
GAME TWO: Macomb 5, Mott 0
Jackie Seyfarth (Sterling Heights, Mich./Stevenson) was dominant in the circle for the Monarchs and earned her eighth win of the season after posting a complete-game shutout. Seyfarth spun a gem to keep the Monarchs alive and held Mott to four hits over seven innings while punching out two batters.
Elizabeth Townsend (Ira Twp., Mich./Anchor Bay) tied Macomb's career home run record with a first inning solo blast and Rylee Thomas (Harrison Twp., Mich./L'Anse Creuse) recorded a team-best two hits on a 2-for-2 line with a run scored. Townsend's home run, the 18th of her career to tie Jasmine Haralson's career mark, put the Monarchs on top 1-0 in the first inning and stood as the game-winning drive in the shutout victory.
It's win or go home time for the Monarchs! In order to keep the amazing 2022 season alive, the Monarchs will need to defeat OCC twice beginning with game one at 10:00 a.m. Macomb Athletics will live stream the action on www.MacombMonarchs.com/Watch.