A dream come true

Fleming to continue softball career at Alma College

Hannah Fleming signs her Letter of Intent on Thursday, while being joined by family and friends. Fleming will be continue her softball career at Alma College.

ROGERS CITY — When Hannah Fleming was 12 years old, her cousin took her to a softball camp at Alma College.

Ever since attending that camp, it was Fleming’s dream to go to Alma.

On Thursday, Fleming’s dream became a reality as she officially signed her Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Alma.

“I’ve wanted to make this next step forever and it’s finally here so I’m so excited and can’t wait to go play at Alma,” Fleming said. “When my cousin took me to that camp, I just knew that was where I wanted to play and I worked hard ever since then and I did it.”

The Alma softball program has been among the top in Division III for over a decade.

Fleming was a four year varsity starter for the Hurons and put together a remarkable career wearing the orange and black. Fleming capped off a tremendous career with a stellar senior campaign that earned her Division 4 first team All-State honors.

Rogers City’s number three hitter was tops on the team in almost every offensive category.

Fleming tied for the team lead with 11 home runs. She was second on the team in several categories including 50 RBI, 12 doubles, 60 hits in 124 at-bats and finished with a .484 batting average. She was also second on the team with a .552 On Base Percentage and finished second with an .879 Slugging Percentage.

“I’m very happy for Hannah. She has worked very hard to become the player she is,” Rogers City softball coach Karl Grambau said. “She is an outstanding person on an doff the field and will be a great fit for Alma College.”

As good as Fleming was at the plate, she was just as strong in the field. Fleming held down the hot corner and was steady at third base all season for the Hurons as she helped lead her team to the state semifinals.

During her four year career, Fleming earned first team All-State honors in 2017 and was an All-State honorable mention in 2016 during her sophomore season.

Over her four year career, Fleming finished with a .445 batting average, scored 223 runs, tallied 208 hits, had 47 doubles, four triples, 29 home runs and collected 187 RBI.

Fleming was a big part of the continued success of the Rogers City softball program that won its third straight regional championship this past season and have dominated the North Star League, while winning seven consecutive district crowns.

“It’s exciting because not many people get the chance to experience all of that fun with your team. Going to final fours and being apart of a winning atmosphere was so special,” Fleming said.

It’s truly fitting that Fleming leaves a winning program to be apart of another school that has a rich tradition on the diamond.

The Scots are coming off of a 23-14 season, which was considered a down year for their program as they went 9-7 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play.

Alma has won at least 20 games the past four years and eclipsed 30 wins twice while winning back-to-back MIAA championships in 2016 and 2017. Since the MIAA went a tournament format in 2013, Alma has made the tournament in all but one year and have been in the MIAA tournament each of the past four seasons.

The Scots have made 18 trips to the NCAA Tournament with their most recent appearance being in 2015. Alma has advanced to Nationals six times, with the most recent also being during the 2015 season.

Fleming will be studying …. at Alma.

On the field, Fleming looks to continue being a focal point of another winning program for the next four years.

“I’m going to play wherever they need me to play and do what benefits the team. I hope to make my new teammates smile and laugh and make their experience even better,” Fleming said. “The school itself is very family oriented and it reminds me a lot of home. It just feels official now and I can just kind of relax and know that it’s going to happen. I already got my workout schedule, it’s going to be tough, but I’m definitely looking forward to see what the future holds at Alma.”