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Right on track: Richmond repeats as regional champ – By Calli Newberry

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By Calli Newberry

After winning last year’s MHSAA Division 3 Softball State Final, it may not be a complete surprise to see the Richmond Blue Devils still standing among the top eight teams in the state. 

This year, however, their roster consists of eight new members, meaning more than half of this year’s team hasn’t played a varsity season, let alone win a regional championship. But they haven’t seemed to miss a beat after winning both games on Saturday to claim back-to-back regional trophies. Richmond defeated Leslie 4-2 in the semifinal and returned to shut out Laingsburg 6-0 in the championship. 

And now, the only thing standing between Richmond and its return to East Lansing is Millington, the 2019 state champion. The Blue Devils defeated Millington 2-1 in nine innings last year in the regional championship, something the Cardinals are unlikely to forget. 

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The rematch is slated for this afternoon at Saginaw Valley State University with a 4 o’clock first pitch. But before then, get to know the eight new Blue Devils and their five veteran teammates: 

Alissa Cervi, Class of 2023

Position: First base

Nickname: Liss

Walkup song: Yeah! by Usher

Katherine Chrostowski, Class of 2025

Position: Third base

Nickname: K.C., KC and the Sunshine Band (Although she said she doesn’t know who that is

Walkup song: Humble by Kendrick Lamar

Piper Clark, Class of 2023

Position: Shortstop

Nickname: Pip

Walkup song: Drop It Like It’s Hot by Snoop Dogg

Lauren Creon, Class of 2022

Position: Center field

Nickname: Lo

Walkup song: Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees

Sophia Ferranti, Class of 2022

Position: Second base

Nickname: Sof or Sir (Because she dressed up like Coach Stuart in a costume contest)

Walkup song: Boyfriend by Big Time Rush

Emmi Hildreth, Class of 2025

Position: Left field

Nickname: Em, Lou, or Emmy Lou 

Walkup song: JuJu On That Beat by Zayion McCall

Abbey Rinehart, Class of 2024

Position: Right field

Nickname: Labby

Walkup song: Sicko Mode by Travis Scott

Katie Shuboy, Class of 2025

Position: Pitcher

Nickname: Shuboy 

Walkup song: Crank That by Soulja Boy

Liz Shuboy, Class of 2024

Position: first base

Nickname: Lizard or Glizzard (Glitter and Lizzy, because “I sparkle”

Walkup song: Pure Water by Mustard, Migos 

Ashley Stafford, Class of 2025

Position: Catcher

Nickname: Ash

Walkup song: Bad by Michael Jackson

Lauren Teltow, Class of 2024

Position: Third base

Nickname: L.T.

Walkup song: Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne

Olivia Theut, Class of 2022

Position: Second base

Nickname: Liv or Liver

Walkup song: Baby by Justin Bieber

Lauryn Ziza, Class of 2022

Position: Right field

Nickname: Z

Walkup song: ‘Till I Collapse, Eminem 

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