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Hillman softball falls to Holton in the Division IV semifinals, 8-0 | News, sports, jobs

Courtesy Photo Hillman softball players gather during their semifinal match in East Lansing on Friday. Hillmans lost 8-0 to Holton.

EAST LANSING – Hillman High School softball fell to Holton in the Division IV state semifinals.

The magical run in what was a record-setting season for the Tigers softball team came to an unfortunate and frustrating end Friday at Secchia Stadium in East Lansing, as the Tigers fell 8-0 in the Division IV semifinals to Holton.

“The outcome was not what we had hoped for, but the journey this season and reaching the Final Four in East Lansing was so special because it was something the girls dreamed of,” said Hillman softball assistant coach Jonny Zawacki.

Mistakes hurt Hillman early as they fell behind 3-0 after half an inning and despite putting the ball in play, Hillman’s prolific offense was unable to get anything going and was held scoreless after just four hits.

Autumn Kazyaka had a pair of hits to lead the way, while Madelyn Oswald and Saige Flaugher recorded the other two hits.

Courtesy Photo The Hillman High School softball team stands during the national anthem before their semifinals on Friday in East Lansing. The Tigers fell 8-0 to Holton, but had a successful season overall with a 40-4 record.

Hillman committed five errors that led to four unearned runs, while Gretchen Weiland threw a complete game and struck out nine.

Despite the loss, Hillman finished the 2024 season with a remarkable record of 40–4, setting numerous records along the way, including most points scored by any team in MHSAA history (561) and also setting school records for wins (40 ), runs (562), RBI (409), home runs (27), hits (469), doubles (120) and total bases (714).

“For our girls to join this new culture that has emerged in just one year says so much about them, not only as athletes, but as individuals,” Zawacki said. “Most didn’t expect us to win districts, we weren’t painted as the big favorites, but we believed in ourselves all year, knew what we were capable of, played together for each other and won conference, district and region title. . All fifteen girls need to hold their heads high and understand that what they have accomplished this year does not happen often.

“40 wins, seven program records and one state record are what our fifteen girls will be remembered for, along with the memories made and lessons learned along the way,” Zawacki continued. “The girls should be proud because I know the coaching staff, our fans and the entire community are proud of everything these girls have accomplished this season.”


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