The Howell and Fowlerville softball teams had played a late-season game under the lights at Bennett Park for two seasons before last yea’s pandemic.
“It was a great atmosphere, with a couple of local teams and there were tons of people,” Howell coach Ron Pezzoni recalled.
But Fowlerville couldn’t make its schedule fit the game this season.
“We figured we would just try to get a really good team in here if they can’t play,” Pezzoni said.
No slam against Fowlerville — the Gladiators are having a good season at 17-7. But Pezzoni wasn’t kidding about getting a good team to play.
The Highlanders will take on Grand Blanc in a single game at Bennett Park that will be broadcast on The Livingston Post starting at 7:50 p.m. Click here for the link.
The Bobcats are 25-1 and ranked No. 1 in Division 1 this season, swapping places with Hartland in the coaches’ poll. Howell is ranked No. 3.
Both feature outstanding pitchers who are outstanding hitters.
Howell’s Avrey Wolverton is 20-1 with two saves and 267 strikeout this season. At the plate, she leads the team with eight homer runs and has an average just shy of .400.
Grand Blanc’s Kendall Klochack is 13-1 with one save and has allowed one earned run this season for an earned-run average of 0.09. At the plate, she’s hitting .575 with five homers and 40 runs batted in.
The Bobcats are hitting. 425 as a team while the Highlanders are just under .400 as a team.
“it’s just exciting playing them and playing at night,” Pezzoni said. “It’s going to be a good experience with that big-game feel.”
If all goes well, the next time the teams would meet would definitely have that big-game feel. They would meet in the semifinals.
Pezzoni says he remembers Klochack from when Grand Blanc was in the KLAA three years ago. She’s a lefty, something not often seen in softball, and Pezzoni says that experience could come in handy in districts, where Howell could face Hartland lefty Rachel Everett in the district finals.
Pezzoni says a construction project at the field has led to the removal of the bleachers, temporarily, meaning fans will need to bring chairs.