Now that the brackets have been set, the quest for playoff success begins in earnest today for the Michigan State baseball and softball teams.
This includes more than a dozen local baseball and softball teams that will make the playoffs for the first time since 2019, after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 season last April.
Alpena will look to win the District Championships on their grounds today. The Wildcats are home to Traverse City West, Traverse City Central and Mt. Pleasant in a Division 1 neighborhood.
The Alpena softball team will start against West in a district semifinal at 10 a.m. and the Alpena baseball team will play against West at noon. District championships in both sports will follow at 2 p.m.
The Alcona softball team will also be in action today at Au Gres. The Tigers will face Au Gres at noon in the second of two semi-finals in a Division 4 district that also includes Mio and Hale.
In Gaylord, Onaway baseball only needs a win to claim a district title.
The Cardinals are already eligible for a Division 4 District Championship game pass and will face Gaylord St. Mary or Wolverine at 2:30 p.m. today.
The district playoffs continue on Saturday with the local districts of Rogers City and Johannesburg-Lewiston.
The Rogers City softball team will face Posen and Inland Lakes will face Onaway in the second of the two semi-finals.
The Hurons baseball team will also face Posen in the semi-final and Hillman will face Johannesburg-Lewiston in the other semi-final.
Johannesburg will host a softball district on Saturday with Atlanta and Hillman vying for a district final with the host Cardinals.