Grosse Pointe North boys' baseball team took 2-of-3 games against Utica Ford in division play last week to stay in the thick of the race.
"The guys played very well and it was great to win 2-fo-3 to stay within a game of first place in the (MAC) White," head coach Frank Sumbera said.
The Norsemen began the three game series with a 9-0 win as senior Andrew Lock earned the win, going six innings. He gave up only three hits and struck out seven, while senior Max Harring pitched the final inning.
Offensively, junior Malik Bruton had three hits, including a double, scored twice and drove in four runs, and senior Jacob Zacharias also had three hits and scored twice. Junior Marquis Harper had a double and three RBIs, too.
Two days later, North lost 3-2, but came back the following afternoon to win 3-2 as Lock was the winner in relief, tossing two innings with three strikeouts. In addition, Lock singled home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh as North improved to 4-3 in the Macomb Area Conference White Division.
Last weekend, North was scheduled to compete in the annual Alpena Tournament, but it was rained out.
Instead, North played two games against Sault Ste. Marie and Algonac, winning 8-2 and 6-3, respectively.
In the SSM game, juniors Tommy Burke and Nick Mazzola had big hits, as did senior Sal Ciaravino, who had a three-run double.
Against Algonac, sophomore Tristin Richardson earned the win, and hot hitters were junior Maxwell Kolinski and sophomore Alex Huguenin.
Grosse Pointe North improved to 13-7 overall.
Coming up for the Norsemen is two games at Novi Saturday, May 10.