First District Title in 33 Years!

Freshman hits walk-off homer to give Creek first district softball title in 33 years

By Mark Csapo | Flint Journal

May 30, 2009, 8:24PM

Michaela Krusina had been drilling the ball to the fence all season long.

But none of her long-shots had been going over -- until Saturday.

That's when Krusina clubbed a two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to life Swartz Creek to a 4-2 upset over Flushing in the Division 1 softball district semifinals.

"She's been a big hitter all year for us," Creek coach Rick Clolinger said. "When she put that over to win the game, the kids mobbed her. They were pretty thrilled. She finally got into that one today."

The Dragons then went on to beat Saginaw Arthur Hill 15-0 in the championship game. It was the first district title for the Dragons since 1976. Swartz Creek (17-21) will play Bay City Western in the Saginaw Heritage regionals next Saturday.
Krusina ended the game against Flushing with three hits and three RBI, while pitcher Kristyn Hinspeter went the last three innings in scoreless relief to get the win. Flushing's Alyssa Spangler had three hits, while Natalie Staley and Alyssa Telling had two hits each.
Creek's Lauren Morris totaled five hits with three RBI on the day, while Nicole VanCamp was 3-for-5 in the district.
Saginaw Arthur Hill defeated Southwestern 12-2 in the other semifinal