Rogers City Falls to State Power Unionville-Sebewaing in D4 Semis
EAST LANSING – The fourth-ranked Rogers City softball team had its season come to an end with an 8-3 loss to perennial state power and ninth-ranked Unionville-Sebewaing in an MHSAA Division 4 state semifinal at Michigan State’s Secchia Stadium on Friday.
Unionville-Sebewaing’s 8-9-1 hitters did the most damage Friday, combining to drive in five runs and scoring seven times.
Leadoff hitter Maci Montgomery led the way at the plate for the Patriots, going 4-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored while Macy Reinhardt was 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. Danielle Harper also went 3-for-3, driving in a pair of runs and scoring three more.
Kyrsten Altman surrendered eight runs (five earned) on 16 hits while striking out five over six innings in the loss.
“I’m really proud of our kids,” Rogers City coach Karl Grambau said. “We didn’t get the results that we wanted but hats off to USA, they hit the ball and good things happened for them and we kept battling, but it just wasn’t our day. We had some nice hits and we had some nice plays but in the end, USA was the better team today and they move on and we wish them the best in the finals.”
The Patriots held a 2-0 lead after the opening two innings of Frida’s semifinal and carried a 6-1 edge to the sixth.
Rogers City senior Taylor Fleming went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a run scored while Linnea Hentkowski was 1-for-2 with a run.
Brynn Polega allowed just two earned runs on six hits and fanned four in seven innings to pick up the win in the circle.
Friday’s semifinal appearance was the second straight for Rogers City (27-8), which was seeking its first state title since 2014.
Unionville-Sebewaing (30-9) will face No. 2 Kalamazoo Christian for the state championship at 3 p.m. Saturday. Kalamazoo Christian handed No. 1 Coleman a 6-1 loss in Friday’s first semifinal.