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Rogers City baseball team falls in regional semifinals

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ROGERS CITY — Some late game heroics by Gaylord St. Mary meant the end of the line for the Rogers City baseball team.

The Hurons led 5-3 midway through a Division 4 regional semifinal on Wednesday at Schalk Field in Rogers City, but the Snowbirds overtook the Hurons in the fifth inning and went on to win 11-5.

Brody Jeffers led the Snowbirds with three hits including a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 7-5.

St. Mary tackled on four more runs in the sixth inning and allowed just one Rogers City hit in the final three innings.

Rogers City’s most successful inning was the third inning as the Hurons scored four runs in their turn at the plate. Matt Wilbert started the rally by drawing a bases-loaded walk, scoring Evan Fairbanks to cut St. Mary’s lead to 3-2.

Then, with two outs, a center field error brought Dillon Cook home to tie the game and Drew Flewelling singled to score Dylan Lafleche to give the Hurons a 4-3 lead.

Josh Altman tacked on one more run, singling to score Wilbert and extending the lead to 5-3.

A pair of back-to-back RBI doubles in the fourth inning from the Snowbirds tied the game 5-5 and the rest of the game belonged to St. Mary.

Lafleche scored Rogers City’s first run in the top of the first inning, coming in to score after an infield error.

Rogers City scattered five hits for the game and Altman, Flewelling and Wilbert each had an RBI.

Fairbanks got the start on the mound for the Hurons and Nik Tulgestka and Wilbert both came in for relief appearances. They combined to allow 11 runs (four earned) on nine hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

The loss ended Rogers City’s season, but the Hurons still ended the year with some postseason hardware, winning their first district title last weekend since 2015.

St. Mary will play Norway on Saturday in a regional final.

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