Gaylord St. Mary Eyes Fifth Straight Finals Trip

GAYLORD – As the Gaylord St. Mary baseball program opened its season Thursday, the Snowbirds are looking to make their fifth straight visit to Michigan State and the MHSAA finals in June.

Ranked 15th in the first Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association Division 4 poll of the 2021 season, St. Mary has made four straight trips to the Division 4 finals but has fallen each year, losing to the eventual state champion in 2018 and 2019.

“Expectations, hopefully make it to East Lansing again this year, but again, I want to get to that finals game and hopefully win it,” senior Conrad Korte said.

“We can’t come in cocky, we have to come in playing that we’re gonna prove ourselves and we’re gonna prove that we’re better than the other team and we’re gonna do that this year,” senior Devin O’Dell said.

The Snowbirds are tasked with replacing eight seniors this spring, but have the right mix of younger talent and returning players to make another run at East Lansing.

“We have a few kids that have been on the successful teams previously, so hopefully we can bring that energy and really push ourselves to get there again,” Korte said.

We definitely need to hit like we did two years go, that’s for sure,” added senior Samuel Sircely. “That team was a very good team and I think we can do it, but it’ll be tough to live up to. But, we’ll find out once we get to actually play our first game so that’ll be exciting.

The Snowbirds opened their spring Thursday with a Ski Valley Conference doubleheader sweep of Central Lake.


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