Gaylord St. Mary Rolls Into D4 Semifinals


GAYLORD – Despite the graduation of a large senior class, the Gaylord St. Mary baseball team and its offense that has scored 45 runs this postseason, is back in the MHSAA Division 4 state semifinals for a second straight year.

Class D state runners-up in 1988 and 1989, St. Mary is looking to become the first area program to win a Division 4 state championship since Beal City won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010.

Winners of the Ski Valley Conference, the 10th-ranked Snowbirds (29-7) will face an unranked Hudson (26-16) team on Friday that has never appeared in a state final. The Tigers posted a 3-2 win over No. 8 St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic in Tuesday’s quarterfinal and have recorded their highest win total since going 30-11 in 2011. The 26 wins is also more than double last year’s win total.

"We talked about it at the beginning of the year, and said 'Hey, well you know, of course we want to go back to East Lansing.'  Well, it's something that's out there that you think yeah that would be nice, and here we are,” St. Mary coach Matt Nowicki said. “Just keep grinding and keep fighting, and I don't know. It's almost overwhelming to even think about, that we're going back down there.  So, good for these boys. Great for these boys."

The Snowbirds have reached the state’s biggest stage with wins over Ellsworth (9-0), East Jordan (10-3), Alcona (5-2), No. 9 Glen Lake (13-10) and Rudyard (8-3).

The winner of Friday’s semifinal will face either No. 2 Portland St. Patrick (32-3-1) or No. 6 Unionville-Sebewaing (30-7-1) Saturday afternoon for the state title.

First pitch in the semifinal is set for 5 p.m. 

  • Baseball

    • baseball

      Charlevoix Eliminates Mancelona

      CHARLEVOIX - The Charlevoix baseball team recorded an 11-1 win over Mancelona on Tuesday. 

    • baseball

      Ramblers Advance in State Tournament

      CHARLEVOIX - The Boyne City baseball team opened districts with a 6-1 win over Harbor Springs. 

    • baseball

      Mason County Central holds on for opening district win

      PINE RIVER – Mason County Central baseball held on in the seventh inning, to top Reed City 2-1 in its opening district game. The Spartans are paired with Pine River Saturday, June 4, in a Division 3 district semifinal.
    • baseball

      Manton rallies for opening district victory

      KINGSLEY – Two runs in the seventh inning propelled Manton baseball over Kingsley 5-4. The Rangers advance to their Division 3 district semifinal, where they’ll take on Benzie Central, Saturday, June 4.
    • baseball

      Onekama baseball sweeps Baldwin

      BALDWIN - Onekama baseball jumped on Baldwin early and often in its away doubleheader on Monday, winning 18-0 and 18-2. The Portagers entered the third inning with a 15-0 lead. Randy Pienta, who started on the mound for Onekama, helped himself out with a single through the left side of the infield. Jacob Mauntler scored on the hit for the game’s 16th run. A few batters later, Jon Acton hit a hard grounder to short that allowed Pienta and Tanner Hearit to score. Acton got...