Lesson Learned: Rudyard Looks to Move Past Regional Title Loss

RUDYARD – It was a bitter pill to swallow for the Rudyard baseball program last June.

Leading Inland Lakes 6-2 through five innings of a Division 4 regional championship, the Bulldogs saw their four-run lead evaporate and Inland Lakes pull off a 7-6 come-from-behind win for its first regional title since 1998.

The Bulldogs return seven seniors from last year’s squad that won its ninth straight district championship and went 19-16, including four players that are beginning their fourth year of varsity baseball.

“It was a lesson for the kids, all of us, that hey, you might be up by four runs with only a couple innings to go, but you got to keep your foot on the gas pedal,” Rudyard coach Jim Smith said. “It’s not over. Anything can happen.”

Rudyard is no stranger to postseason success. The Bulldogs have won 15 district title and seven regional championships since 2003 and have made the state semifinals three times since 2007.

“We learned from our mistakes and we got more experienced guys now,” Rudyard senior Trent MacDowell said. “Just got to make a push further to MSU.”

Rudyard is no stranger to postseason success. The Bulldogs have won 15 district title and seven regional championships since 2003 and have made the state semifinals three times since 2007.

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