No. 1 Coleman Preps for No. 2 Kalamazoo Christian, State Semis
COLEMAN – For the third straight spring, the Coleman softball program finds itself in East Lansing and the MHSAA Division 4 state semifinals.
The reigning Division 4 state runner-up, top-ranked Coleman squares off against second-ranked Kalamazoo Christian at 10 a.m. Friday at Michigan State’s Secchia Stadium.
Champions of the Mid-State Activities Conference, Coleman has won five straight regional titles and is seeking its second state championship and first since winning the 2005 Division 4 title.
“It just means one more game for us seniors,” Coleman senior McKenzie Miller said. “I mean, last year we have Autumn (Tubbs) and Faith (Barden), and our goal was just one more game, one more game with them. And now that I’m on the flip side of that. My friends are on the flip side of that. We really have to go big or go home because this is it.”
Coleman (35-7) navigated the postseason with relative ease, recording wins over Montabella (18-0), honorable mention Beal City (7-2), Potterville (18-0), Fowler (9-5) and No. 7 Holton (10-0).
Kalamazoo Christian’s semifinal appearance is its fifth in seven years but first since 2017. Like fellow semifinalist Unionville-Sebewaing, Kalamazoo Christian has a long tradition of success at the state level, having won seven state championships and four runner-up finishes. Kalamazoo Christian posted back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2015 and last won the Division 4 state title in 2013.
The winner of Friday’s semifinal will face either No. 4 Rogers City (27-7) or No. 9 Unionville-Sebewaing (29-9) for the state championship at 3 p.m. Saturday.