Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Repeat was the order of the day Friday at University of Detroit Mercy’s Buysse Field where Renaissance High won the 2015 Detroit Public School League Division 1 softball championship to extend its reign to 11 years in a row.
“I’m proud of the record,’’ said Coach Garrard Taylor, whose Lady Phoenix defeated Cass Tech 8-1 in the PSL Division 1 title game after Central High beat Cody 16-4 in five innings to win its second consecutive PSL Division 2 crown.
“We’ve been blessed to have players every year to make it happen,” Taylor said. “We have kids who buy into the program and they do what’s necessary to succeed. When they leave here, they go on to become doctors, lawyers and productive citizens. Our program has built a tradition and our players become a part of that tradition for the rest of their lives.”
Central has a long way to go before it can match Renaissance’s softball dominance that includes PSL championships in 16 of the last 18 years. But the Lady Trail Blazers, under third-year coach Eric Peeples, appear headed in the right direction.
“My first year we couldn’t win a game,” Peeples said. “We’ve turned it around. I have a lot of first-year players and they really dedicated themselves and worked hard this season. I plan on continuing that winning tradition.”