Renaissance High won its eighth consecutive Detroit Public School League girls’ softball championship Friday with a 6-4 victory against Cass Tech at the University of Detroit Mercy.
A sun-soaked crowd at Buysse Ballpark saw Coach Garrard Taylor’s Lady Phoenix (21-5 overall, 11-0 league) score twice in the first inning and never look back in capturing their 13th PSL championship in last 15 years.
“We have a tradition,” Taylor told the Detroit News. “There was a lot of maroon and white in the stands and that’s from former players, players coming up, fans and parents. So we have the nucleus of a winning tradition and everybody believes that we can win the championship every year.”
Coach Julie Schneider’s Lady Technicians (11-5 overall, 10-1 league) trailed 6-1 entering the seventh inning and mounted a rally that fell just short. With the potential tying runs on base, Renaissance pitcher Kayla Banks closed the door by getting the last of her 16 strikeouts.
“We did it the hard way, but we did it,” Taylor said. “Sometimes you don’t play well and you get out here and you still have to win the game and that’s what we did. That’s what champions do.”