Clash of the Comets: Top-Ranked Coleman Ends Season in Division 4 Semifinals
EAST LANSING – Top-ranked and defending state runner-up Coleman saw its season come to an end with a 6-1 loss to second-ranked Kalamazoo Christian in an MHSAA Division 4 state semifinal at Michigan State’s Secchia Stadium on Friday.
After clinging to a 2-1 lead through five innings of Friday’s semifinal, Kalamazoo Christian (31-8) broke open the game with a four-run sixth.
Jaden Berthume was saddled with the loss after allowing six runs (five earned) on 11 hits while striking out four and issuing one walk.
Berthume helped her cause at the plate by going 2-for-3 with a run scored while Katelyn Pnacek went 2-for-3.
Coleman (35-8) opened the scoring in the top of the first when Annabelle Bovee was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Kalamazoo Christian tied the contest in the bottom frame of the inning and tacked on the go-ahead run in the fifth.
Jayme King allowed just four hits and fanned four over seven innings in the win.
Friday’s semifinal appearance was Coleman’s third straight as the Comet graduating class led the program to four regional championships.
“That’s a testament to the kids. I mean they just work their tails off,” Coleman coach Chad Klopf said. “I just told them they’ve probably practiced more in the last four years than any other team in the state of Michigan because of how long our seasons have went. And they just put it in and come every day and they work and they just keep going after it.
I’m just so proud of our seniors, I don’t want to see them go because they’re the bread and butter all the way through and they’ve allowed these underclassmen to get a lot of experience so hopefully things work out again and we get back down here again.”
Kalamazoo Christian will now face No. 9 Unionville-Sebewaing for the state championship at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Patriots handed No. 4 Rogers City an 8-3 loss in Friday’s second semifinal.