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It was evident during the spring of 2015 that the Olivet High School varsity softball team, which started four freshmen that season, was going to enjoy some success for a handful of years.
The Eagles’ potential came to fruition this spring as they achieved their two main goals — placing first in the Greater Lansing Activities Conference and winning an MHSAA Division 2 title — with a starting lineup that included no seniors.
Olivet actually shared the GLAC championship with Lakewood, which was labeled the pre-season favorite by most people in the know. The two teams recorded identical 11-1 league records after splitting a doubleheader on April 25.
The Eagles’ district crown was their first since winning a Division 3 state title in 2010. What made it even sweeter is that they defeated nemesis Coldwater, 5-3, in an epic semifinal game on the Cardinals’ field on June 3.
Olivet coach Jeff Taylor, whose squad finished the season 28-13 following a first-round regional loss to Edwardsburg June 10, was pleased with his players’ progress this season.
“We made a conscious effort to continue to upgrade our non-conference schedule to help provide us with the competitive challenges the post-season would confront us with,” he explained. “Although the challenges didn’t always produce the end results we wanted, they did offer us opportunity to grow as a team.