When the Michigan women’s softball team arrived in Elk Rapids for the annual Elk Rapids Collegiate Softball Tournament last weekend, things were a little different than they remembered from years past. The typically low-key preseason tournament A– where getting everyone playing time is emphasized more than winning -had transformed into a a pep rally.

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Jessica Merchant carries the NCAA championship trophy after Michigan beat UCLA, clinching the national championship. (MIKE HULSEBUS/DAILY)

Over 500 fans – easily a tournament record

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