FRANKFORT — Yes, having a stress fracture in your throwing arm is painful and causes plenty of discomfort.
Still, it wasn’t enough to slow down Alexis Carpenter.
The Central Lake hurler allowed only one run over two games as the Trojans captured a Division 4 softball regional championship at Frankfort on Saturday.
Shrugging off her injury, Carpenter scattered four hits, walked only two and fanned seven in a 4-0 championship game victory over Glen Lake. That followed a 2-1 win over Manton earlier in the day in the semifinals.
“That doesn’t matter,” Carpenter of the stress fracture. “The team matters and we’re going to get through the year.”
With the victories, the year continues until at least Tuesday’s quarterfinals, where Central Lake faces the winner of the Rogers City regional.
“We’ve got a great pitcher that works harder than anyone I know,” said Central Lake coach Ralph Hines. “She’s really tough and she brought it pretty good today. The long wait between games is real hard on her. She just lowers her head and forces her way through. Glen Lake’s tough. They got the bat on the ball a lot. They hit it way more than I wanted them to. It was kind of a scary thing, but Alexis pitched her way out of trouble a couple of times and it makes me look good. It’s all on her.”
Carpenter forced Glen Lake to strand nine runners on base, including bases-loaded jams in the second and fifth innings.
Central Lake, meanwhile, got all the runs it needed when it scored two in the first on a two-run homer by Delaney Buffman, who went 3 for 4, and added two insurance runs in the fifth on RBI singles from Buffman and Carpenter. But that 4-0 lead didn’t make Hines particularly comfortable, especially after the Trojans left the bags juiced in the seventh inning. Like Glen Lake, Central Lake had trouble bringing runners on base across the plate as they stranded eight. Of those, six were in scoring position.