Rabeau hoping for more success after signing with Mott softball team

News Photo by James Andersen Rogers City senior Kayla Rabeau, seated center, signed her Letter of Intent on Thursday to play softball at Mott Community College. Pictured left to right are: front row: Darin Rabeau, Kayla Rabeau and Amy Rabeau; back: Mott assistant coach Tom Weston, Mott head coach Rod Studaker, Karissa Rabeau, Alpena Mystics coach Christin Sobeck, Rogers City softball coach Karl Grambau and Rogers City girls basketball coach and softball assistant Duane Pitts.

Kayla Rabeau has helped teams earn a lot of trophies in her high school career.

There’s three district championships and two regional championships for softball, three district titles and three regional crowns for volleyball and a slew of individual honors.

But If Rabeau has anything to say about it, she’ll be adding some more hardware at the next level too.

Rabeau’s dream of playing collegiately became a reality on Thursday as Rabeau signed her Letter of Intent to join the Mott Community College softball team next season.

“(I’m feeling) excitement. I love it,” Rabeau said. I’m just so excited.”

Rabeau batted .525 last season with 10 home runs and earned all-state honors during a year where Rogers City went 34-6 and lost in the Class D quarterfinals. Next season she’ll join a Mott squad that went 34-13 and 21-7 in Michigan Community College Athletic Association play this spring.

“She’s a very dedicated student-athlete. She does the best she can in the classroom and she does it on the athletic field as well. She’s always one of the first ones at practice and always one of the last ones to leave,” Rogers City softball coach Karl Grambau said. “She’s always helping out, she’s been a great team captain for us and Mott’s going to be lucky to have her.”

Though she still has a senior softball season to play, Rabeau will graduate in Spring 2018 as one of the Hurons’ most decorated softball players.

In three years, she’s helped the Hurons win three district titles, two regional titles and has been a mainstay at shortstop on a team that’s made quarterfinal appearances each of the last two seasons.

Then there’s her volleyball career in which she helped the Hurons to back-to-back final four appearances and her basketball career where she’s one of the Hurons’ top scorers and has earned all-North Star League honors.

Rabeau’s work ethic was apparent to Grambau in her freshman season and though she’s a versatile player, she’s settled in a shortstop for the Hurons and been a mainstay in the lineup, pacing the Hurons with steady defense and consistency at the plate.

“We brought her right up as a freshman because we liked her hard work ethic that she had. She worked so hard all the time,” Grambau said. “She’s got a lot of talent too; she can really hit the ball and field the ball.”

She becomes the latest Rogers City softball player to join the collegiate ranks, joining former teammates Sarah Meredith and Logan Fleming among others. She’ll join former Alpena High softball player Liz Kendziorski at Mott and plans to study business.

Rabeau first got wind of Mott after playing travel ball under Christin Sobeck with the Alpena Mystics. Sobeck recommended Rabeau to Mott’s coaches and she visited the campus late this summer. She also considered playing at Cornerstone University before deciding on Mott.

“It’s just beautiful down there. I love it. Just the school itself and everything, it’s beautiful,” Rabeau said.

The Bears have fared well under coach Rod Studaker. In six seasons, he’s led Mott to three league titles, one state championship, two regional titles and has qualified for nationals twice.

As someone who is used to being on successful teams, Rabeau is hoping to experience that at the next level and believes Mott is the place to do it.

“(I want to) bring home some more hardware at Mott,” Rabeau said. “Play the best I can and just bring more trophies home.”