District finals roundup: Championships aplenty for Ann Arbor-area spring sports teams

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ANN ARBOR – From baseball to softball to soccer, multiple district championships were won by Ann Arbor-area spring sports teams on Saturday.

Check out the highlights from the district tournament games below.

BASEBALL

Photos from the D1 Soccer Finals between Dexter and Skyline at Dexter High School on June 4, 2022.

Skyline’s Owen Sluymers-Tuccinardi celebrates after a run during the D1 Baseball finals at Dexter High School in Ann Arbor on June 4, 2022.Ryan Sun | [email protected]

Skyline finds rhythm in time for district title run

The Eagles hit their stride at the right time Saturday as they took down Huron and SEC-Red champion Dexter to win the D1 district championship. Skyline edged Huron 6-5 in the semifinals and upset Dexter by a score of 6-2 in the final.

Landry Jobe had three hits, including the game-winner against Huron and Eli Bishar added two hits and two RBIs in the title game. Jake Middleton pitched all seven innings in the final and struck out five batters for the Eagles.

Milan rides defense to district title

The Big Reds put their defense on display Saturday en route to their district championship. They defeated Father Gabriel Richard, 5-1, in the district semifinals and took care of Pinckney, 9-3, to win the program’s first district title since 2013.

Connor Dessellier struck out six batters in Game 1 and Luke Gebhardt struck out five in the championship game for the Big Reds.

Whitmore Lake claims district title

The Trojans picked up two wins to clinch the D4 title on Friday. WL beat East Jackson 4-1 in the semifinals and topped Concord 9-4 in the finals. Zane Gregg had 14 strikeouts in the semifinal game, Austin Babcock recorded three RBIs and Alden Stefanovski had two RBIs during the day.

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SOFTBALL

Dexter vs. Chelsea softball

Chelsea’s Emilee Underwood (16) pitches during Dexter’s game against Chelsea at Chelsea High School on Thursday, May 18 2022.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

Chelsea’s state title quest continues with district title

The Bulldogs were on a mission Saturday as they rolled through Tecumseh, 11-1, and Pinckney, 6-0, to claim the D2 district crown.

Zoey Monica led Chelsea with three hits, Jenna Ouellette recorded two hits and three RBIs, Megan McCalla hit a 3-run homer and Andi Evers drove in two runs in the semifinals.

McCalla added another home run in the title game and Mya Purdy chipped in with two RBIs. Emilee Underwood was stellar once again in the circle as she earned both victories and struck out 14 batters in the two games.

Dexter gets on track with district championship

The Dreadnaughts found their rhythm to win the D1 district championship on Saturday.

Dexter took control early and held on for a 6-2 win over Ann Arbor Skyline to win the district crown. Camryn Chase had a three-run double to lead Dexter offensively, while Paige Sayler recorded six batters and Audrey Gauthier closed out the game with four strikeouts in the last two innings.

Lincoln stuns Saline with walk-off hit for district crown

Ariana Ellerson had a walk-off single to lift the Railsplitters to a 2-1 win over Saline in Saturday’s D1 title game.

Lincoln trailed 1-0 until the sixth inning when it tied the game and Ellerson’s hit in the seventh completed the comeback victory for the SEC-Red champions. Adrianna Kitchen and Madison Mullins each scored runs while Lilly Majeske struck out six batters in the circle.

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Milan’s memorable season continues with district title

Mariah Stines was at it again in the circle as she helped lead the Big Reds to a 5-1 win over Ann Arbor Father Gabriel Richard-Greenhills to clinch the D2 title on Friday.

The star sophomore pitcher struck out 12 batters and allowed four hits in the victory. Madison Mazei had two hits and one RBI, Leila Daniels and Madison Gray each had a hit and one RBI and Vanessa White also drove in a run.

SOCCER

Huron clips Skyline for district crown

There weren’t many teams that got the best of Skyline this spring, but Huron found a way twice including Saturday’s 1-0 victory to claim the district championship.

The two teams played even for most of the game but Huron’s Jessie Clyde was able to find the net to give the River Rats the victory, which was their second over Skyline this season.

Milan wins first-ever district title

It was a historic evening for the Big Reds as they defeated Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, 6-3, to win the program’s first district championship.

Lauren Obey continued her strong season as she recorded four goals to lead the way for the Big Reds. It was the second straight game Obey had scored three or more goals. Allie Millina and Emma Budd also added goals for Milan in the historic win.

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