Rogers City, Rudyard Clash Again in Division 4 Quarterfinals
For the second straight year, the Rogers City and Rudyard softball programs will clash in the MHSAA Division 4 state quarterfinals.
The two teams will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Petoskey as Rudyard looks to avenge last year’s 7-5 loss.
Winners of the 2014 Division 4 state championship and twice state runner-up, fourth-ranked Rogers City is looking to reach the state semifinals in back-to-back years after recording postseason wins over Johannesburg-Lewiston (1-0), Hillman (9-2), St. Ignace (6-1) and Onaway (7-0).
The Bulldogs (22-9) have been dominant this postseason, rolling to wins over Pickford (15-0), Munising (16-0), Newberry (11-4), Hancock (5-1) and Bark River-Harris (6-0).
“We learned that they’re a good team and we’re a good team,” Rogers City coach Karl Grambau said. “It can be anybody’s game whoever plays their best on Tuesday. We’re just happy to be there.”
Senior ace Emilee Curtis has been a big part of Rudyard’s streak of four straight district titles and two consecutive regional championships. Curtis sports a 1.80 earned run average with 214 strikeouts, 32 walks and three no-hitters in 2019.
“We have a lot of younger girls but I think they’re ready,” Curtis said. “They’ve played before, and I know we all really want it. We’re all feeling pretty up. We played well this weekend and I know we all want to win. So we’re going to try our hardest.”
The winner of Tuesday’s quarterfinal will face either ninth-ranked Unionville-Sebewaing or honorable mention Allen Park Inter-City Baptist in a semifinal at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Michigan State.