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Hard-hitting Hurons add youth to their lineup

Rogers City Hurons at practice with 17-year Head Coach Karl Grambau.

Rogers City, Mich. — The Rogers City Hurons softball team made the farthest playoff run in Northeast Michigan in the 2018 season. They took their talent to the state semifinals where they lost to Coleman 2-0. This season the Hurons look to make another deep run with a brand new team.

Focus is what earned Rogers City their third consecutive Regional title in 2018. Now Head Coach Karl Grambau, in his 17th season at the helm, will look to rebuild after losing five key players.

“I would like to make it their again,” said senior shortstop Taylor Fleming. “We lost some key players from last year, so we’re just trying to rebuild that and go by it game by game.”

With practice, the young roster can help keep the winning tradition alive in Rogers City, but it starts in the batters box.

“From what we’ve seen we have a really strong hitting team,” said Fleming. “Not many of us hit home runs. I know Kayla (Rabeau) and Hannah (Fleming) hit a majority of them, but I think people are very capable of hitting home runs this year also.”

Senior Catheryn Hart hit a home run during Rogers City’s scrimmage against Alpena. Proving that there is still fire power on this team. Now on defense the Hurons are quick and can track the ball. That will help their three-person pitching staff of junior Kyrsten Altman, Hart and Fleming.

“I think we’ll have a good year cause we all throw different ways,” said Altman” We all have different pitches, so I think it will be a good mixture.”

Rogers City will put their young roster to test in a few tournaments as they prepare for the long season ahead. The Hurons are on the road until Monday, April 22nd against Hillman.