North junior Dan Robinson has been swinging a hot bat for the Norsemen early in the season. photo by Bob Bruce.
May 01, 2014Grosse Pointe North boys' baseball team displayed an awesome show of hitting and sweet pitching to crush L'Anse Creuse 11-0 in the first game of a three-game series early last week.
"The guys really came out swinging the bats today and (Andrew) Lock pitched a great game," head coach Frank Sumbera said. "It was nice to get the first win in the series, but we need to play this well in the next two games against L'Anse Creuse."
Senior Andrew Lock was in total control on the mound, throwing a two-hit shuout, with only two walks and he struck out four. He pitched to only 20 batters in the game called after five innings due to the mercy rule.
The Norsemen jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when senior Jacob Zacharias singled home senior Sal Ciaravino, who reached on an error.
North senior Andrew Lock tossed a two-hit shutout in the series opener against L'Anse Creuse. photo by Bob Bruce.
In the second inning, sophomore Alex Huguenin led off with a long home run and Ciaravino delivered a two-out, two-run double to make it 4-0.
In the third inning, junior Tommy Burke had a two-out infield single and went to third on a Huguenin double. Sophomore Teddy Williams walked to load the bases and junior Marquis Harper walked after getting down 0-2 in the count.
The Harper walk scored Burke and junior Nick Mazzola singled home two more runs to stretch the lead to 7-0.
They put the game out of reach with a four-run fourth inning.
Ciaravino and Zacharias walked. Robinson singled, but Ciaravino was thrown out at home.
Junior Malik Bruton walked and Burke hit a long sacrifice fly to center, scoring Zacharias.
Huguenin singled home another run and Williams singled home a run. Harper also singled home a run to give the Norsemen seven players with at least one RBI.
The Norsemen sent nine players to the plate and put double-digit runs on the board.
Lock struck out the first hitter in the fifth inning and walked the next. He caught a pop up for the second out and caught a soft line drive for the final out, completing his two-hit shutout.
Huguenin was 3-for-3, while Harper and Williams were each 2-for-2 with a walk. Ciaravino was on base each of his three at bats and eight of the Norsemen had at least one hit as they finished with 13 in four innings.
In the middle game with L'Anse Creuse, Grosse Pointe North used a complete-game shutout from Burke to win 2-0 at L'Anse Creuse. Burke went seven innings, giving up only three hits and striking out two. Offensively, Ciaravino's squeeze bunt brought home the first run in the fifth inning and Lock (two hits) singled home the second.
North lost the series finale, 6-3, and split a doubleheader with Warren Cousino the following day, losing 5-4 and winning 9-8.
Grosse Pointe North improved to 3-3 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division and 9-6 overall.