Sanford Meridian Readies for No. 1 Millington
SANFORD – The Sanford Meridian softball program is back in the state semifinals for the first time in 21 years.
Thanks to a dominant 10-1 win over Negaunee in a quarterfinal Tuesday, the Mustangs are in the Division 3 semifinals for the first time since 1997.
An honorable mention team in the final state rankings, Sanford Meridian will face No. 1 Millington (38-2) at 10 a.m. Friday at Michigan State.
“We’ve been working for this for years since I was sixth and seventh grade when I started working with Jamie (Smith),” Sanford Meridian junior Peyton Grice said. “Then this year, I just had a push and I knew we could do it and I knew I could do it. So it’s been what we’re working towards.”
Winners of the 1987 Class B championship and with a Class C runner-up in 1983 to its credit, Sanford Meridian (27-14) finds itself competing alongside the state’s best after recording postseason wins over Tawas (17-4), Pinconning (10-3), Standish-Sterling (6-4), Reed City (5-2), Farwell (6-3 and Negaunee (10-1).
“The work that these girls have put in the last three years is just, like I’ve told them, I’m on them all the time and this is why,” Sanford Meridian coach Jamie Smith said. “They have the talent. I’ve been telling them for three years, and they deserve to be here.”
The winner of Friday’s contest will take on either No. 2 Coloma (36-3) or No. 3 Clinton (37-1) at 3 p.m. Saturday for the state title.