Beal City and Rogers City win, Glen Lake and Vestaburg lose at the semis in East Lansing
EAST LANSING – Beal City baseball is headed back to the Division 4 State Final and hopes to win its first baseball State Title since 2010. Rogers City softball is one win away from its first State Title in school history. Meanwhile Glen Lake baseball and Vestaburg softball saw their seasons end in East Lansing Thursday.
The Aggies dominated Kalamazoo Christian 11-1 in only six innings at McLane Stadium. The Hurons also won 11-1 against Fowler in only five innings of play at Secchia Stadium. New Lothrop beat Glen Lake 3-1 in the Division 4 Baseball State Semifinal. Vestaburg lost the Division 4 Softball State Semifinal to Kalamazoo Christian 6-1.
Beal returns to Michigan State University to face New Lothrop in the finals Saturday at 2:30pm. Rogers City’s final is also Saturday against Kalamazoo Christian at 5:30pm.
Beal City is looking for redemption after the Aggies lost an extra-innings thriller to Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett in the 2013 Finals.
In Thursday’s Division 4 Semifinal against Kalamazoo Christian, the Aggies scored a run in each of the first three innings.
Then Beal City broke it wide open with 6 runs in the 4th Inning.
Starting Pitcher Ty Rollin earned the win in only 4 innings of work on the hill.
In Glen Lake’s semifinal, New Lothrop took advantage of an error and the Lakers could not take advantage of opportunities at the plate.
New Lothtrop scored off an RBI single in the 1st, then took advantage of pitcher’s Thomas Waning’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt to second base.
The Lakers scored in the 5th when Trevor Apsey hit an RBI double down the third base line. With two runners still on base, the Lakers could not push anymore runs across.
New Lothrop scored its final run off an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning.
In softball, Rogers City and Fowler were tied at one going into the bottom of the 3rd Inning. Then the Hurons scored five runs in the 3rd, and another five in the 4th to enact the “Mercy Rule.”
Morgan Hall went 3-for-3 at the plate for Rogers City scoring a pair of runs and batted in three more.
Kalamazoo Christian dominated Vestaburg. The Comets scored all six of their runs in the first three innings. Vestaburg gone one back in the fourth when Akisha Benevidez drove in Karigan Gates with an RBI single up the middle.