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Bridgman softball celebrates reaching state semifinals

The walk-off homer was sweet, but the result was even sweeter.
The Bridgman softball team huddles up before the state quarterfinal match up with Whiteford on...
The Bridgman softball team huddles up before the state quarterfinal match up with Whiteford on June 15, 2021.(WNDU)
Updated: Jun. 16, 2021 at 7:43 PM EDT
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WNDU) - History was made in Battle Creek on Tuesday night.

Natalee McNeil, the only senior on the Bridgman softball team, hit a walk-off three-run home run to send the Bees to the state semifinals.

The walk-off homer was sweet, but the result was even sweeter.

This is the first time that the Bridgman softball team made the final four.

“So excited for that to give them the chance to actually get a state tournament possibly,” Bridgman head coach Elaine Starbuck said.

The Bees are proud to be a part of history.

“It feels fantastic to be going to the final four,” Bridgman junior shortstop Kaylee Shuler said. “Bridgman hasn’t been there ever for softball. The farthest they’ve ever gone is regionals, and it feels good to be a part of the team that is going there for the first time.”

The Bees will look to continue this historic run later this week.

They’ll play at Michigan State Friday in the state semifinals at 12:30 PM against Unionville-Sebewaing.

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