TRAVERSE CITY — Glen Lake baseball and Frankfort softball each had turning points this season that propelled them into today's Division 4 quarterfinals at Traverse City West.
Both involved losses. And both turned their seasons around.
The Lakers (27-7) take on Atlanta (23-2) in today's baseball quarterfinal, while the Panthers (24-14) face No. 3-ranked Rogers City. Both games are at noon.
Glen Lake's moment of truth came against Clare, while Frankfort's was in Rochester Hills.
"The way we played against Clare," Lakers coach Kris Herman said of the May 18 matchup with the Division 3 No. 3-ranked Pioneers. "They beat us 1-0. We lost the game, but we played good baseball. Later that day, we beat Rogers City — and the bats were absolutely ice cold. We were in the eighth game of an eight-game week, and the guys found a win to score four runs in the fifth inning and win that (4-1). After that day — the way we played against Clare and the way we really hung tough and gutted one out against Rogers City — I though, 'This could be a pretty special postseason.'"
Frankfort started out 6-7 in April.
"We went down to Rochester Hills and played Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest, who is coached by a friend of mine," Panthers coach Mike Thompson said. "We played in a doubleheader that Friday and kind of got embarrassed. We felt those were two games we should have won. We woke up Saturday morning to play the tournament itself down there, and the girls made a conscious decision, like 'We're not going to play like this anymore.' We mercied Ann Arbor Greenhills and turned around beat Lutheran Northwest, the team we lost to twice the night before. And beat them kind of soundly, 14-7. That was the turning point. ... They have played outstanding since then."