Rogers City Heads to East Lansing Seeking First State Title Since 2014
ROGERS CITY – After edging Rudyard in a pitchers’ duel in Tuesday’s quarterfinal, the Rogers City softball program is returning to the MHSAA Division 4 state semifinals and East Lansing for a second straight year.
Fourth-ranked Rogers City (27-7) faces perennial state power and ninth-ranked Unionville Sebewaing at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Michigan State’s Secchia Stadium.
Both teams have won state championships in recent years, with Rogers City last winning it all 2014. Friday’s contest is a rematch of a regular-season meeting that saw the Hurons come out on top by one run.
“When we get to Michigan State, we kind of know what it’s about,” Rogers City coach Karl Grambau said. “Some of the girls that weren’t on the team were there last year watching, so they know what it’s about. We’ll see what happens, I mean, we’re going to do our best to represent all of northern Michigan.”
The Patriots (29-9) are appearing in their second straight semifinal and 13th in the last 14 years after claiming their 16th regional championship last weekend. Unionville-Sebewaing has five state titles and three runner-up finishes to its credit, with the most recent championship coming in 2016.
Unionville-Sebewaing has yet to yield a run in the state tournament, posting wins over Owendale-Gagetown (17-0), Ubly (6-0), Saginaw Michigan Lutheran Seminary (14-0), Kingston (8-0) and honorable mention Allen Park Inter-City Baptist (13-0).
The winner of Friday’s semifinal will face either No. 1 Coleman (35-7) or No. 2 Kalamazoo Christian (30-8) for the state championship at 3 p.m. Saturday.