Rogers City Headed Back to East Lansing
ROGERS CITY – The Rogers City softball program finds itself back on the state’s biggest stage for the first time since 2014.
After falling to Inland Lakes in the Division 4 quarterfinals each of the last two years, Rogers City finally broke through this season with a 7-5 win over Rudyard on Tuesday, securing the Hurons a spot in the semifinals for the first time since winning the Division 4 state title in 2014.
The top-ranked Hurons will face No. 2 Coleman (29-9) at 3 p.m. Friday at Michigan State.
“We’ve got four seniors on our team,” Rogers City coach Karl Grambau said. ”We’ve been battling, trying to get there the last few years and now we’re going. I’m sure we’ll represent Rogers City and all of northern Michigan.”
Champions of the North Star League, Rogers City (32-5) has made quick work of postseason opponents in its run up to the semifinals, posting victories over Johannesburg-Lewiston (22-0), Hillman (14-3), Pellston (19-1), defending state champion Inland Lakes (4-2) and first-time quarterfinalist Rudyard (7-5).
“We have to remember that it’s all or nothing now,” Rogers City senior Hannah Fleming said. “We’ve got to keep pushing through and play our game. And remember it’s whatever it takes.”
The winner of Friday’s game will face either No. 10 Centreville (34-6) or honorable mention and five-time state champion Unionville-Sebewaing Area (31-8) for the state title at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.