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Delayed Posting:Breaking down Livingston County’s softball district brackets

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Division 1 at White Lake Lakeland

Semifinals

No. 9 Lakeland vs. Fenton, 10 a.m.

Hartland vs. Milford, 12 p.m.

Finals

TBD, 2 p.m.

Player to Watch: Madelin Skene, Hartland

Only a junior, Skene has showcased her talents as an elite hitter and pitcher in Livingston County, serving as the Eagles’ No. 3 batter while also doing double time as their ace. And while a lot of pressure will also be on leadoff hitter Brianna Robeson to get on base and create havoc on the basepaths, most eyes will be on Hartland’s power hitter. With how much impact Skene has at the plate and in the circle, she has the ability to put the team on her back and carry it through rough stretches. Hartland might need her to do that Saturday, especially if it ends up facing off against No. 9 Lakeland. The Eagles lost on a walk-off vs. Lakeland in the first go-round, but Skene had a grand slam and Robeson reached base three times. Hartland will need similar contributions to become district title winners.

Outlook

Of all of the baseball and softball district brackets in Livingston County, this one could be the most fun. The Hartland-Milford matchup is one to watch as the Eagles breezed past Milford in two regular-season contests, 16-5 and 8-3 in a doubleheader. The Mavericks were the 2016 KLAA West champions and the third-place team in the West this past season and will be a very tough out for Hartland. Should the Eagles advance, No. 9-ranked Lakeland will likely be waiting for a rematch of one of the county’s best softball contests this season. Lakeland won that first matchup, 7-6, in walk-off fashion. The game could very well be a back-and-forth affair once again, as Hartland — an honorable mention team in the rankings — has proven it can hang with the best in the state.

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