Rudyard Looks to Build off Historic 2018 Campaign
RUDYARD – The Rudyard softball program made history a year ago, becoming the first Eastern U.P. school to reach the state softball quarterfinals.
The Bulldogs return seven players from last year’s 29-win team including six starters that led them to a Straits Area Conference championship and four postseason wins that saw Rudyard outscore its district and regional opponents a combined 49-4. Rudyard would eventually fall to top-ranked Rogers City 7-5 in a quarterfinal.
“We just want to take the next step,” Rudyard coach Kurt Kwiatkowski said. “Getting to a quarterfinal was great, but now we’ve kind of seen what it takes to win a game like that. We’re just trying to work that into what we do in practice and what we do scheduling-wise.”
The Bulldogs are ranked ninth in the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Division 4 preseason poll.
“We have a pretty good amount of seniors coming back,” Rudyard senior Emilee Curtis said. “I think we’ll be pretty good. We have a couple of younger girls out there, but nothing they can’t handle.”
Rudyard is slated to play at Gladwin Saturday morning.