Unbeatens Renaissance, Cass Tech collide for PSL girls’ softball title

Detroit Public School League perfection will be on the line Friday at the University of Detroit Mercy, where Renaissance High and Cass Tech High will bring unbeaten league records into the PSL girls’ softball championship game.

Renaissance (11-0) will try to extend its league title reign to six years in a row after defeating Mumford 5-4 in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Coach Garrard Taylor’s Phoenix were led in the semifinals by sophomore pitcher Kayla Banks, who struck out six and allowed just two hits. Junior shortstop Lana Young was 2-for-4 and scored a run and senior catcher Kemit Hoye drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh. Senior first baseman JoAnn Hunter was 4-for-4 with two RBI to lead Mumford.

Cass Tech (10-0) earned the right to meet the Phoenix in the finals by routing Communications and Media Arts 10-4. Junior pitcher Taylor Thomas struck out seven to earn the semifinal victory for Coach Julie Schneider’s Technicians, who also got a lift from senior outfielder Kelci Smith’s solo home run and junior third baseman Arlene Bailey’s three runs.

Friday’s PSL championship game begins at 5 p.m. and will be preceded by the Mumford vs. CMA consolation game at 3 p.m. Tickets are just $3.

And don’t forget the PSL boys’ baseball semifinals Thursday May 20 at Northwestern High. Renaissance meets King and Cass Tech plays Western, with the winners advancing to the league championship game, Tuesday May 25 at Comerica Park. Both semifinal games start at 3 p.m.

Tuesday’s PSL baseball championship game is being billed as DPS Family Fun Day and starts with the consolation game at 5 p.m. followed by the title game at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $5. Bring the whole family and enjoy the amenities and exciting atmosphere of the Detroit Tigers’ state-of-the art home ballpark while watching PSL baseball at its finest.

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