Mason County Central Continues Historic Postseason
SCOTTVILLE – Mason County Central’s improbable postseason run has culminated in the school reaching its first state semifinal in the history of its baseball program.
After dropping their first five games of the season, the Spartans have won 28 of their final 31 games, including 13 straight, to claim its first regional title since 1998.
Now Central has its sights set on capturing the school’s first state championship on the diamond.
“We started off the season 0-5, and we’re looking around like, ‘what is going on,’ because we’ve got a pretty good group. Since then, we have now won 28 out of the last 31 games, so we’re really starting to play good baseball,” Mason County Central coach Don Thomas said. “We’ve got great senior leadership, great senior captains, and again, it has just been a lot of fun.”
The Spartans (28-8) face the tall order of dethroning four-time state champion and top-ranked Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett when the two teams meet Friday in a Division 3 semifinal at Michigan State.
With three state championships and one runner-up finish in the last five years, history is on Liggett’s side.
But with the roll the Spartans have been on, luck may be on Central’s side.
“They believe in each other, which is a big thing. It’s a total team effort,” Thomas said. “Everyone does their part, everyone steps up every now and then, whatever is needed, so it’s a big team effort and this was part of the game plan and we’ve got two more to go.”
Friday’s first semifinal pits No. 4 New Lothrop against defending state champion Jackson Lumen Christi.
First pitch for Friday’s semifinal is slated for 5 p.m.