PONTIAC – It must be the jerseys.
For the tenth year straight, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep wore its gold-colored jerseys to start state tournament play and for the tenth year straight the Fighting Irish walked away with a district title on the softball diamond. NDP bested Birmingham Marian 12-5 in a Division 2 district final held on its’ home field Saturday afternoon by delivering a gold-plated effort – the Fighting Irish leapt in front 8-0 after five innings of the championship affair .
NDP bounced Auburn Hills Avondale from tourney action in the semifinals with a 5-2 victory. The Fighting Irish lifted their record to a gaudy 31-4 by taking the trophy. They were undefeated at home in 2016.
Junior Caley Gleason picked up both wins in the pitching circle Saturday. Gleason went five innings, throwing a 4-hitter with nine strikeouts in the opener. She went the distance against Marian in the finals and smacked two doubles at the plate.
Emma DiNardo scooped the save – her seventh of the spring – in relief in the Avondale game. DiNardo, Maddie McClune and Molly Dulapa chipped in with two RBI on offense apiece.
Longtime NDP head coach Betty Wroubel is impressed with how her club has developed this year.
“There are no superstars in this dugout, just a bunch of young ladies that are committed to working hard and playing together as a team,” she said. “This is a tremendous group, it’s been a tremendous season and it’s a tribute to these kids.”
Marian’s Sydney Jascoe belted two homers in the Mustangs’ 9-2 defeat of Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood in the semis.
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