June 12, 2014Head coach Dan Cimini's heart skipped a couple of beats in the last of the seventh inning in last weekend's Division 3 regional championship game against three-time defending state champ Madison Heights Bishop Foley.
The Knights went into the bottom of the seventh with a comfortable 5-0 lead and 15 minutes later, it was 5-4 and Bishop Foley had all the momentum.
Cimini's heart paced and after a few hits, a walk and mental mistake on a ground ball allowed the four runs to score.
However, the Knights got a break when the runner rounding third base lost his footing trying to stop and Gehrig Anglin applied the quick tag to record the final out.
"Our guys played the best game of the season against the three-time state champ, but getting the final out was tougher than it should have been," Cimini said. "We had total control of the game for 6 2/3 innings, but then it got interesting.
"We held on to win a huge game and end Bishop Foley's run at three titles in a row."
Matt Gushee was in control on the mound, going all seven innings. He gave up the four earned runs, but the mental mistakes made it closer than it should have.
The Knights used Anthony Simon's two hits and two RBIs and Cole Zingas's two hits and two runs scored to win.
"Gushee pitched a strong game and came on out from a shutout," Cimini said. "We were definitely the better team and we showed it on the field. It's a big win and now we're one win away from a fourth straight trip to the Final Four."
In the regional semifinals, Liggett blasted Ann Arbor Greenhills 10-2 as Anglin earned the win on the mound, going all seven innings.
Simon had two hits and three RBIs and Nick Azar had a couple of RBIs as the Knights easily bounced their Michigan Independent Athletic Conference foe.
Liggett is 22-8 overall.