Former Hurons continue to excel

Fleming, Meredith put together stellar seasons at Ferris State

Ferris State University second baseman Logan Fleming awaits a pitch to the plate during a collegiate softball game. Fleming just completed her sophomore season and was a catalyst for the Bulldogs.

For the last several years, Rogers City has been a pipeline for producing softball talent.

Two of the Hurons most recent stars, Sarah Meredith and Logan Fleming, signed with Ferris State University and both just recently capped off stellar seasons for the Bulldogs.

Fleming just finished her sophomore campaign and took off this season after limited playing time last year. Fleming played in all but four games for the Bulldogs (37 games) and was a staple in the Ferris State lineup.

Fleming was near the top in every offensive category. She was fifth on the team with 115 at-bats, fourth with 18 runs scored, third in hits with 37, second in doubles with nine, third in RBI with 15, stole five bases which was second on the team and batted .322 which was good for third highest on the team. Fleming also had a home run.

Fleming’s Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference numbers were just as impressive as she finished with a .323 batting average (20 hits in 62 at-bats), scored nine runs and had nine RBI along with three doubles, three triples and a home run came in conference play.

“This season in the box I really focused on getting my pitch. Looking for that one specific pitched caused me to have some good, long at-bats, battling and fighting off pitches I didn’t like,” Fleming said. “Becoming more picky in the box really improved how well I was seeing the ball this year. Having a routine while stepping into the batters box, locking in, settling into comfort and taking a deep breath all played a big role in the success I achieved this year from a hitting standpoint.”

As good as Fleming was at the plate, she found a home at second base after bouncing around several positions. In 120 chances, Fleming finished with a .942 fielding percentage which was among the top five on the team.

“This season I really allowed myself to find where I fit best defensively for the team. I bounced around from infield to the outfield, corner to middle infielder and I was very happy to get settled into second base,” Fleming said. “I had a blast exploring range, depth and angles that all come with playing second base. For future seasons, figuring out my strengths this season and what worked best for me is really going to be important to stress from now on. Being able to continue on the progress I have made, along with taking into account my weaknesses I have in the batters box, striving to improve them will be beneficial for seasons to come.”

Meredith put together an incredible freshman season as she was a first-team all-GLIAC honoree. Despite not starting the first few games of the season, it didn’t long for Meredith to get her chance and run with it.

Meredith played in 30 games this season, most of which came at first base as she led the team with a .344 batting average (22 hits in 64 at-bats). She also scored 10 runs to go with 12 RBI and belted two home runs, good for second on the team. Meredith also drew eight walks and finished with a .425 on base percentage.

“My freshman year was a great learning experience. I had great leadership from everyone on the team. As a freshman I asked a lot of questions and the people answering them are the people responsible for my success which was my teammates,” Meredith said. “Softball is definitely a team sport and that goes so much further that just the games. In practice we all work together to improve as a whole and we support each other on and off the field, we are each others family and I improved so because of my teammates around me.”

In earning first team honors, Meredith ended conference play with a .426 batting average (20 hits in 47 at-bats) which was good for fourth overall in the GLIAC. Both home runs, all 12 RBI and nine of the her 10 runs scored all came in conference play and Meredith ended with a .500 on base percentage in GLIAC play.

“It’s a great honor, especially as a freshman. I just waited for my chance and as a freshman I knew playing time would be slim, but I knew if I trusted the system and did my small jobs right that I would be given an opportunity,” Meredith said. “Every opportunity I had, I focused and did my part for the team. Slowly a couple at-bats in a weekend turned into a game or two and that turned into where I am now. Being patient was really the key.”

Ferris finished the season with an 18-23 overall record and an 11-11 record in GLIAC play. The Bulldogs made their second consecutive trip to the conference tournament, but lost a 1-0 heartbreaker to Wayne State in their tournament opener.