NORTHERN ALUMNUS SARAH HALL (’13) LEADS CLEARY UNIVERSITY TO NATIONAL SOFTBALL TITLE
Two lead Cleary to softball title
Thompson, Hall help university win first championship
Joseph Hayes, Port Huron Times Herald USA TODAY NETWORK — MICHIGAN
May 19, 2018
It was the perfect way to end their athletic careers.
The Cleary University softball team recently traveled to DuBois, Pennsylvania, for the United States College Athletic Association national championships. Led by a couple of athletes from the Blue Water Area, Cleary captured its first softball championship in school history.
“It was amazing,” Cleary outfielder and former Port Huron Northern student Sarah Hall said. “There is no feeling I can compare winning the championship to.”
Cleary University went 4-0 at the end to capture the national championship behind the dominant performance of Richmond High School graduate Riley Thompson, who was named Player of the Year.
“She was just awesome,” Hall said. “Everyone on our team played great. Even the players that didn’t get to play were encouraging us in between innings. Riley did a great job with four complete games and she got a shutout in the semifinals to send us into the championship game.”
Cleary University captured the title with a 2-1 victory over St. Mary’s of the
Woods, after getting another complete game from Thompson and a clutch two-run home run from Kaitlin Dormire.
“The city was very excited to host the event and you could tell that it had brought some buzz to the area,” Hall said. “We had host families for each team and that was a lot of fun. The field was awesome.
“It was a brand new turf field with padded walls. And that’s great for me as an outfielder. It was just beautiful and we were treated really well.”
After starring at Northern and later playing at St. Clair County Community College for two seasons, Hall said winning the national championship was the perfect way for her to end her athletic career.
Thompson also played at SC4 for a pair of seasons after departing Richmond.
“It makes it feel like all of the losses and close finishes were worth it,” Hall said. “To come here and do this makes it all feel worth it. There is no feeling like ending your athletic career winning a championship.”
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