Battle of the Border

Published 7:02 am Friday, June 24, 2005

By By SCOTT NOVAK / NIles Daily Star
MISHAWAKA, Ind. - The Michigan All-Stars had a little something to prove Thursday evening at Bethel College in the championship game of the Sports Fest 2005 softball tournament.
Michigan had blown out its first opponent, Indiana West, but wasn't getting as much respect as it thought it should.
So in the title game the Michigan All-Stars behind the pitching of Dowagiac's Brittney Reist shut out the Indiana East All-Stars, 5-0.
Dock, who is the current Lakeshore coach and former Dowagiac softball coach, sent Reist to the mound to start the game for the second straight time.
Reist and Coloma standout Helena Zandarski combined for a two-hitter.
Reist worked the first four innings, striking out two and walking just one. Zandarski retired all nine batters she faced, striking out four.
Michigan scored three runs in the first inning to send a message to the Indiana East All-Stars, who were missing several players due to previous commitments.
Reist drove in the first run of the game as Brandywine's Ashley Antus scored after she reached on a walk and moved to second on a bunt by Lakeshore's Stacey Jones.
Dowagiac's Mandy Parish singled prior to Brandywine's Dee Echevarria, who was pinch running for Reist, to score on a wild pitch.
Parish would eventually score on a ground out by Brandywine's Amanda Grice.
A walk started the two-run rally in the fifth inning that completed the scoring.
Zandarski walked and
advanced to
seond on a bunt by Atus.
Zandarski then scored on a triple by Jones. Reist followed with a single to drive in Jones.
Reist finished with two hits, the only player to have multiple hits in the contest.
Annora Shepherd of Lakeland was the starting pitcher for Indiana East. Whitney Christner of Westview pitched the final two innings.
Indiana East 000 000 0 - 0 2 0
Michigan 300 020 x - 5 5 0
Brittney Reist (W), Annora Shepherd (L)
3B: Stacey Jones (M)
The Michigan All-Stars built up a 2-0 halftime lead and never looked back in beating the Metro All-Stars 3-1 for the Sports Fest girls' soccer championship Thursday night.
Michigan got first half goals from Mallory Smith of St. Joseph and Sarah Lange of Edwardsburg.
Smith's goal came just 48 seconds into the match as she took a corner kick.
Smith's curving kick bounced and eventually found its way into the net.
The All-Stars probably sealed thev victory in the 17th minute when Lange scored an unassisted goal.
Michigan, which took advantage of being in better shape than the Metro All-Stars, who play soccer in the fall, made it 3-0 in the 43rd minute as Joey Maher scored with assist from St. Joseph's Mary Schueneman.
The Indiana Metro All-Stars averted the shut out with a penalty kick in the 64th minute.
Bailey Decker scored the goal.
Michigan held a 12-2 advantage in shots on goal.
Leanna Rice recorded one save for Michigan.
Alison Smith and Shea Gartee had seven and two saves respectively for the Metro All-Stars.
First half
M – Mallory Smith 1st minute
M – Sarah Lange 17th minute
Second half
M – Joey Maher 43rd minute
I – Bailey Decker 64th minute
Shots on goal
Michigan 12
Indiana 2
Michigan 1
Indiana 9