South's offense came alive in an 11-4 win over Utica Eisenhower in game 2 of the three-game series. photo by Bob Bruce.
April 24, 2014A doubleheader trouncing of St. Clair Shores Lakeview High School last Saturday afternoon capped off a very productive and successful week of baseball for the squad from Grosse Pointe South.
Wins over the Huskies, 10-0 in the opener and 8-0 in the second game, came on the heels of three Macomb Area Conference Red Division contests against rival Utica Eisenhower earlier in the week.
"We beat Eisenhower two-out-of-three this week, and the one we lost we lost 2-1," South head coach Dan Griesbaum said. "I think we're coming around now a little bit. In the beginning we just didn't play well at all. I think we knew we were better than that."
Evidence of this turnaround began when the Blue Devils ousted Ike 3-2 last Monday, 11-4 on Wednesday, then fell 2-1 before making quick work of Lakeview at home on Saturday.
The doubleheader was important for Griesbaum and his team, the coach said.
"We needed this," he said. "It's always nice to win two, but it's even nicer when you get to play 21 kids. Everyone played today and that's always nice to get everyone at bats and innings. It was really good to get everyone some playing time."
Nearly everyone contributed in the two games as well, but pitching in particular was stellar against the Huskies.
Zak Moyer threw a 5-inning complete game shutout in the opener, striking out six Lakeview batters, while Andy Fabry and Justin Carrier were each spectacular in the second game, combining to blank the opposition.
Blue Devils standouts Richie Kish and Brett Bingham led the charge offensively, going a combined 5-for-9, while Ron Williams and Ryan Liagre were also solid at the plate.
South's four wins in its last five games has put the squad in the thick of the MAC Red title chase, with Stevenson leading the pack at 3-0 to start the campaign.
South currently sits at 2-1 in the Red, 5-6 overall.
"The MAC Red is always an absolute battle," he said. "It's always one of the best leagues in the state. It's always tough. What it does is, it prepares us for districts and regionals though. Winning this division is always a huge goal for us."
The recent success of the team undoubtedly has the squad on track to make a run at a Red Division crown, and is a result of an overall better performance by the squad in every facet of the game, Griesbaum said.
"It was a little bit of everything getting better for us," he said. "We fielded better. We hit better. We pitched better. It really was a little bit of everything. It was good all the way around."
The Grosse Pointe North boys' basetball team played a three-game series with Romeo last week to open its Macomb Area Conference White Division schedule.
Things didn't go as planned as the Norsemen lost 2-of-3, including a 10-0 game to open the series and the series finale, a 2-1 extra-inning setback.
The offense came alive in the middle game, a 5-2 victory. Junior Dan Robinson had two hits and one RBI to back the solid pitching of senior Andrew Lock, who went the distance, striking out six.
Head coach Frank Sumbera and his Norsemen start 1-2 in the division and fell to 6-4 overall.
After the first week of the new-look division scheduling, L'Anse Creuse won 2-of-3 from Warren Mott and Utica Ford won 2-of-3 from St. Clair.
Next for the Norsemen are home games Friday, April 25, against L'Anse Creuse, and Monday, April 28, against Utica Ford.
The game with LC is the final game of a three-game series, while the contest with Ford opens a three-game series.
The Norsemen finish with an away game Wednesday, April 30, and at home Thursday, May 1.
The University Liggett boys' baseball team had both of its games postponed due to inclement weather this week.
The Knights were slated to face Novi Franklin Road Christian and Royal Oak Shrine, but Mother Nature threw another Polar Vortex at them.
Head coach Dan Cimini and his Knights opened the season by playing in the 2014 Spring Break Tournament.
They finished 2-1 in pool play, beating Detroit Western International 5-2 and Utica 12-3, and lost 4-3 to L'Anse Creuse.
In the bracket quarterfinals, they lost a late-inning lead and eventually lost 11-10 in eight innings to eventual tournament champion Warren Cousino.
Liggett is 2-2 overall.
Coming up for the Knights is a doubleheader against host Blissfield Saturday, April 26, followed by Michigan Independent Athletic Conference games Tuesday, April 29, Wednesday, April 30, and Thursday, May 1, against Sterling Heights Parkway Christian, Lutheran Westland and another contest against Parkway Christian.
After that, the Knights host Catholic League powers U-D Jesuit and Novi Detroit Catholic Central Friday, May 2, and Monday, May 5.