Renaissance, Cass win to set up PSL girls’ softball finale Friday at U-D Mercy

Junior pitcher Kayla Banks struck out seven while throwing a five-inning no-hitter Monday as host Renaissance shut out Western 12-0 in the Detroit Public School League girls’ softball semifinals.

Senior Cassandra Nelson was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI and senior Lana Young was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI to lead the offense for Coach Garrard Taylor’s Phoenix. In the other semifinal game, senior pitcher Taylor Thomas struck out six in Cass Tech’s 7-4 victory against Mumford.

Friday’s 5 p.m. championship game at the University of Detroit Mercy will be a rematch of last year’s PSL title game in which Renaissance defeated Coach Julie Schneider’s Technicians 4-1 to win its sixth consecutive league title. Mumford and Western will play in Friday’s 3 p.m. consolation game. Admission is $3 for the doubleheader.

The PSL boys’ baseball semifinals are today (May 17) at Northwestern High. Three-time defending league champion Western will face Cass Tech on field No. 1 and Renaissance will play King on field No. 2. Both games are set for 4 p.m., with the winners advancing to the league championship game.

Students, faculty, alumni and all DPS supporters are urged to come out for Detroit Public School League “School Spirit Night” Thursday at Comerica Park, where the PSL boys’ baseball champion will be crowned. The consolation game starts at 5 p.m. followed by the 7 p.m. championship game. Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased at the ballpark.

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