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Blue Devils suffer tough defeats

May 01, 2014
By Bob St. John

Sports Editor

The Grosse Pointe South boys' baseball team dropped two tough division games last week, falling 7-6 in each game to Macomb Dakota.

"We very easily could have won both games," head coach Dan Griesbaum said. "We had the lead in each game, but couldn't finish out Dakota. Two tough losses and each of our three division losses have been by one run."

The first game went eight innings and was played on the road.

James Fishback hit a two-run double to give the Blue Devils a 6-4 lead in the top of the eighth inning, but the Cougars came back with a three-run bottom of the inning to win, thanks to pitchers issuing eight walks of which six scored.

Others with RBIs were Brett Bigham, Ron Williams, Ryan Liagre and Douglas Graham.

Two days later, the host Blue Devils jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but the Cougars once again rallied to win.

Williams had two hits, including a double, and Josh Thalgott had a two-run double. Justin McMann and Bigham were also in on the offensive output.

South traveled to Kent State last weekend for the Cancer Awareness Classic and won 2-of-3 games.

"The guys did a nice job against three good Ohio teams," Griesbaum said.

First up was a 12-2 win over Hoban High School as Richie Kish earned the win. He went five innings, giving up four hits, four walks and striking out four.

Williams had two hits and an RBI, while Andrew Eaton drove in three runs and had a hit. Cameron Mogk and Jacob Stone also drove in runs.

The Blue Devils beat Brunswick 9-4 with Zak Moyer tossing four innings to earn the win. He gave up two walks and struck out two, and Graham earned a three-inning save, giving up only two hits.

Jimmy Menchl was 3-for-5 with an RBI to lead the offense. Liagre had a double, triple and five RBIs.

The final game was an 11-2 loss to Tallmadge as Clay Kreisler had two hits, with Fishback and Stone driving in the runs.

Grosse Pointe South is 2-3 in the Macomb Area Conference Red Division and 7-9 overall.

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