LANSING — State Representative Bill LaVoy (D-Monroe) hosted the St. Mary’s Catholic Central state champion softball players today at the Capitol in Lansing. There was an informal lunch where players were able to meet with the representative and take pictures with a legislative tribute before being acknowledged by the House of Representatives during session.

“As an SMCC graduate, I was extremely proud to see the Kestrels bring home another state championship,” LaVoy said. “My wife, Michelle, and I were in East Lansing cheering on the team that weekend. It was very exciting watching these athletes compete at such a high level.”

The players and coaches were recognized at the beginning of Wednesday’s session and presented with a tribute, which cited admiration for the team’s efforts, spirit and preparation during their outstanding repeat championship season.

“The girls really came to realize the importance of being a team, what it means to be great teammates,” head coach John Morningstar said. “If there was anything that really drove our overall success, it was our respect and love of the team.”

“The type of season these girls had was special, and I’m very happy we had a chance to honor them here at the Capitol. I’m hoping they can come back next year as back-to-back-to-back champions,” LaVoy added.

SMCC finished the season with a 28-5 record, culminating in a brilliant performance in the championship game by pitcher Meghan Beaubien, who threw a perfect game with 15 strikeouts. This is the team’s second state championship in a row.