Baseball: Norway faces Indian River Inland Lakes for Division 4 regional title

NORWAY — A Norway softball nemesis will meet the Knights in an MHSAA Division 4 baseball regional final Saturday at East Jordan.

Norway (21-4-1) and Indian River Inland Lakes, which beat the Knights twice in three state softball tournament tests, will meet at 10 a.m. EDT Saturday in the first of two regional finals.

Gaylord St. Mary (24-5), ranked seventh in the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association poll, will meet Johannesburg-Lewiston in the other regional final.

Regional final winners will meet Saturday afternoon in the super regional. State semifinals and finals are scheduled for June 14-15 at Michigan State University.

A four-run first-inning sent Norway past Gogebic 6-2 in the regional semifinals Wednesday.

“We knew Norway was probably the best team in the regional because their pitching is really good,” said Gogebic assistant Alex Metas. “We thought if we could win today, we could win on Saturday and win the regional.”

Indian River Inland Lakes ousted Pickford 8-2 in the regional semifinals.

“The thing about these kids, man, is they take years off my life, but they never quit,” said Inland Lakes coach Josh Vieau. “They never back down. When you never quit, good things happen.”

Johannesburg-Lewiston defeated eight-time district champion Maple City Glen Lake 5-3. Two Gaylord St. Mary pitchers flipped a two-hitter as the Snowbirds blanked Central Lake 9-0.

Johannesburg-Lewiston and St. Mary are cross-county rivals.