June 10, 2014 at 10:38 pm

High school softball: Utica Ford reaches first state semifinal with 6-4 win over Garden City

Detroit — Freshman Nikki Sorgi went 623 innings, her older sister, Alex, got the final out with the tying run at the plate and Utica Ford is in the state semifinals for the first time in school history.

Gabby Schefka had an RBI double in the first inning and a two-run home run in the second, and the Sorgis did the rest as Ford held on to defeat Garden City, 6-4, in a Division 1 softball quarterfinal on Tuesday at Wayne State University.

Ford (30-8) will play Portage Central in a semifinal at 10 a.m. Thursday at Michigan State.

Nikki Sorgi, a cousin of quarterback Jim Sorgi (Fraser, Wisconsin and Indianapolis Colts), ran into trouble in the seventh. Garden City’s leadoff batter singled but was doubled off when Ford third baseman Carly Asoklis caught a line drive and threw across the diamond to Emily Karas at first. The next batter doubled, prompting coach Matt Joseph to bring in Alex Sorgi for the final out.

“We got a break in the seventh,” Joseph said. “But you need breaks to win. They had a big (fifth) inning to get three runs, but it’s nice to have someone like Gabby.

“Alex has come in in tough situations before. This wasn’t new for her. I don’t know about the magnitude, though.”

Rachel Bommartio went the distance for Garden City (23-9). Kaylen Glenfield had an RBI single.


Utica Ford's Carly Asoklis, left, congratulates Alex Sorgi after Sorgi scores in the first inning in their 6-4 victory over Garden City in a Division 1 state quarterfinal Tuesday at Wayne State University in Detroit. / Robin Buckson / Detroit News