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Michigan softball's Sobczak, Nemitz took rocky paths to leadership roles

(Photo: Jose Juarez/Special to Detroit News)

Ann Arbor — They haven’t had the exact journeys, but Michigan softball seniors Alex Sobczak and Mackenzie Nemitz have reached a similar destination this season.

The first three years of their careers had been nothing close to what might have been predicted or hoped for, and yet, they have been studies in perseverance, abandoning the lows and channeling their energies into a positive final sendoff. Sobczak and Nemitz are important cogs in a senior class that has led the 21st-ranked Wolverines from a sluggish season start to a Big Ten regular-season championship and the No.