EAST LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Thursday, the Wayland Wildcats clinched their first trip to the state softball championship in nearly a decade.
But their celebration came to a sudden halt when they learned first-base coach Nicki Cardosa’s father Bill Merchant was killed in a car crash. Merchant was also the brother-in-law of head coach Cheri Ritz, and his daughters had all played at Wayland.
Saturday, the Wildcats played the state championship game at Michigan State University in his honor — and they won, beating Frankenmuth 11-0 for the Division 2 title.
Wayland finished the season 36-2.
More scores from the softball state championships at MSU on Saturday:
- Division 1: Warren Regina beats Caledonia 5-0.
- Division 4: Unionville-Sebewaing beats Kalamazoo Christian 5-0.
- Division 3: Monroe St. Mary beats Bronson 2-0.
Baseball state championship games were also held Saturday at MSU:
- Division 1: Hartland beats Portage Northern 2-1 in 10 innings.
- Division 2: Orchard Lake St. Mary’s beats Mount Pleasant 4-1.
- Division 3: Jackson Lumen Christi beats Buchanan 8-0.
- Division 4: Muskegon Catholic Central beats Centreville 10-8.
There were also girls soccer state championships at MSU on Saturday:
- Division 1: Saline beats Grand Blanc 4-0.
- Division 4: Grandville Calvin Christian beats Lansing Christian 2-1 for their fourth consecutive state title.
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