Good-bye to a great group of seniors softball players

The Riverview High School Softball team was set for what was going to be one of the greatest seasons in school history until the Covid-19 pandemic caused an abrupt end for 10 incredible seniors.  

The goal was always a state championship for this team, but this year it was more of a probability than a possibility.  

These student-athletes have an average GPA of 3.74 and all have been great ambassadors for our team, our school, and our community.  Let us take a moment to introduce you to them.

Elizabeth Dalton, 2B

Elizabeth plays an incredible second base! She works as hard as any player out there both in practice and on game day. Her drive and commitment are unmatched. Elizabeth is a coach’s dream as a player. Just when you think she cannot give more effort she finds another gear every time.

Elizabeth will be attending Oakland University to study pre-law or psychology. 

Favorite RCHS Softball Memory: “My favorite moments were the tournaments because I was with my friends making lasting memories and kicking booty!!”

Madi Clark, OF

Madi’s incredible power (country strong!) and amazing attitude propelled her to a great softball career. Always positive and ready when needed most she was a force to be reckoned with on the field and at the plate. Madi grew into an all-around great player during her time at RCHS.

Madi will be attending Schoolcraft College to study nursing and to continue her softball career

Favorite RCHS Softball Memory: “Hitting a home run in every game of a four-game tournament (one of them a grand slam)”

Emma Flaishans, OF

Emma is the finest example of perseverance and dedication. Although battling injuries for a few years, Emma pushed through and continued to be one of the most clutch players on the team. A fierce competitor, she always charged headfirst into every practice and game. She is a complete ballplayer!

Emma will be attending Wayne State University.

Favorite RCHS Softball Memory: “Freshman year we had a double header against Wyandotte on a Saturday. The second game I batted leadoff. I was so nervous, but on the first pitch I hit the ball over the right-center field fence. Rounding the bases and reaching home plate with all the girls surrounding me and being so happy for me was the greatest feeling. Nothing beats my first home run.”

Kendall Kahl, P

Tough, tenacious, and gifted. All words that describe the team’s ace pitcher! Kendall has the mental toughness to go along with her incredible pitching ability. That toughness is on display at the plate also, where she hit for power on a regular basis.

Kendall will be attending Concordia University in Ann Arbor to study biomedical science and to continue her softball career.

Favorite RCHS Softball Memory: “Hitting three home runs in the Almont Tournament last year”

Samantha Kerr, DH/P

Sam was an all-state first team selection for her hitting junior year. Steady on the mound, she came in and did her job every time. The batter’s box is her sanctuary. While at bat, she enters a state of confidence that you can not only see but you can feel.

Samantha will be attending Schoolcraft College to study architectural engineering and to continue her softball career.

Favorite RCHS Softball Memory: “Getting the call that I made first team all state”

Meghan Labodie, OF

Meghan’s grit and determination are unmatched both on and off the field. She strives to improve every minute of practice and every game day. A fearless competitor, she flies around the outfield leaving everything she has on the field.  

Meghan will be attending Grand Valley State University to study cardiovascular sonography

Favorite RCHS Softball Memory: “Kendall and I hitting back to back homeruns at a tournament.”

Alyssa Lipinski, 1B

Very few things matter more to a softball team than a strong first base. When it is a strong first base that happens to be left-handed things get even better!

Alyssa is always pushing to be a better player both on offense and on defense.  She is always thinking of the team first and always giving everything she has to her teammates.

Alyssa will be attending Indiana Tech to study criminal justice and psychology and to continue her softball career.

Favorite RCHS Softball Memory: “Having the chance to play with nine other girls who I consider my sisters!”

Shannon McAlinden, SS

Shannon is a complete athlete. Poised and fearless in the field and at the plate always. Playing shortstop at the high school level is not easy, but Shannon made it look that way each time she stepped on the field. A great hitter and an outstanding competitor.

Shannon will be attending Concordia University in Ann Arbor to study sports entertainment and management and to continue her softball career.

Favorite RCHS Softball Memory: “Winning District Championship two years in a row”

Kylie Millhorn, 3B/C/OF

Pure athletic talent combined with work ethic and leadership. These traits all come together in Kylie. A versatile player in the field and a demon for opposing pitchers, she has all the tools both mentally and physically to play at the highest level.

Kylie will be attending Valparaiso University to study psychology and to continue her softball career.

Favorite RCHS Softball Memory: “The game against Huron my sophomore year. I was a back-and-forth battle, extremely competitive. Everyone stepped up when they needed to, and we all came together as one”

Jillian Schoenberg, C

Attitude makes the athlete. Attitude makes the person. Jillian is an outstanding catcher and works hard both in the field and at the plate. You will simply never find a player and a person with a better attitude and outlook. Her infectious personality is incredible to be around.

Jillian will be attending Wayne State University to study abnormal psychology.

Favorite RCHS Softball Memory: “2018 district championship and playing with my nine fellow seniors!”

This is a small glimpse of the ten incredible seniors leaving the program this year. They will continue on to become successful young women and will continue to make our school and our community very proud!

To the 10 of you seniors, thank you. You make us immensely proud!  And remember, we are Riverview softball; we play for each other, we play for us.

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