Softball notes: Future Wolverine Beaubien enjoys perfect weekend
Meghan Beaubien has saved her best for the big stage the last two years for Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central.
Beaubien, a junior who committed to Michigan during her freshman year, threw a perfect game in a 13-0, five-inning semifinal win over Gladstone Friday, striking out 13 of the 15 batters she faced.
She was even better in the title game Saturday, tossing a seven-inning perfect game in the 6-0 win over Grandville Calvin Christian, striking out 15 of the 21 batters, throwing strikes on 57 of her 75 pitches. She also had two hits, including a two-run single to open up a 2-0 lead in the third.
It was the second perfect game thrown in state softball championship game history.
“She has great velocity and kids just don’t see kids who throw like this,” said SMCC coach John Morningstar who has been blessed to have Beaubien on the mound in both of his season as head coach and will again next year. “They’ve had her on the gun at 67 or 68 (mph). You just don’t see that unless you’re facing the top caliber collegiate Division 1 players. And, she has superb command. If she missed outside a little bit she can come back and pick up that corner she needs to get.
“Then, her changeup is devastating. It’s still the toughest pitch in the game to hit. So when you change speeds like that and you’re able to do it effectively and locate …”
Beaubien was the star of the show last year at MSU’s Secchia Stadium, as well, throwing consecutive shutouts to help SMCC win the Division 3 state title. In a 6-0 semifinal win over Pinconning, Beaubien tossed a no-hitter, striking out 16 without allowing a walk. In the 2-0 title game win over Bronson, Beaubien had a two-hitter, striking out 14 without allowing a walk.
Krzywiecki finishes career in style
Farmington Hills Mercy senior first baseman Abby Krzywiecki arrived at MSU with one state record already in her pocket and looking for one more.
Krzywiecki, who will play next year at South Alabama, came into Mercy’s semifinal with Mattawan with a single-season state-record 20 home runs, just one away from matching the career record for round-trippers in a career (49) set by Erika Underwood (Addison, 2015) and Taylor Johnson (Belding, 2010).
Krzywiecki didn’t hit a homer at Secchia Stadium, but she was able to celebrate with her teammates after a 4-0 championship game win over top-ranked Macomb Dakota. It was a special way to end the season after the Marlins lost in a semifinal game last year.
In the 9-6 semifinal win, Krzywiecki had two RBI (one on a double) and scored two runs. Then, Krzywiecki went 1-for-3 in the title game win over top-ranked Dakota.
She finished with a .558 average with 20 homers and 94 RBI, 238 RBI for career. Her 94 RBI is a single-season record for a player in Class A/Division 1. Kelly Kennedy of Taylor Light and Life Christian owns the career record with 105 set in 1993.