Softball Cruisers are district runners-up

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Madison Cruiser varsity softball third baseman Macie Sporleder (left) and pitcher Sara Gockenbach (right) converge on a ground ball hit by a Lancaster Gale player during the Cruisers’ 5-4 loss to Lancaster in the district tournament final held at Pickerington Central on May 20. The Cruisers won the Ohio Capital Conference title this year, were district tournament runners-up, and finished the season with a record of 25-6.
Cruiser first baseman Jodi Kern smiles as she heads for home plate after smashing a grand slam home run in the first inning of the district final against Lancaster.
Cruiser outfielder Carsyn Saunders ready for action.
Cruiser catcher Jessie Rock at work behind the plate.
Cruiser second baseman Shyla Shirkey throws out a runner as Cruiser shortstop Lanie White looks on.
Cruiser first baseman Jodi Kern gets ready to make a play.
Cruiser catcher Jessie Rock and Cruiser Head Coach Chris Downing talk strategy between innings.
Cruiser players console each other following the loss to Lancaster.


  1. What an incredible season. We are so proud of these ladies and their accomplishments. Congratulations to the team, their coaches and to the many parents and fans who have supported the team throughout the season.
    Groveport Madison Schools


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