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June 12, 2013

Dakota baseball loses tough regional semifinal

By Jason Carmel Davis and Mark Vest
C & G Sports Writers

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Macomb Dakota’s Andrew Manduzzi is pictured during Macomb Dakota’s regional semifinal game against Sterling Heights Stevenson. The Titans used a big seventh-inning rally to defeat Dakota.

Macomb Dakota’s baseball team saw its season come to an end with a 6-5 loss to Sterling Heights Stevenson in a Division 1 regional semifinal game played June 8 at Anchor Bay.

The Cougars carried a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Stevenson scored six runs to rally back for the victory. The Titans went on to defeat Warren Cousino 10-2 to win a regional championship.

“I’m at a loss for words,” said Dakota coach Matt Carley following the game. “I’m still reeling a little bit. That’s not the way it’s supposed to go down.”

Stevenson coach Joe Emanuele had a different perspective than that of his coaching counterpart.

“We just talk about never giving up,” Emanuele said. “That was a really emotional game. Did I think we were going to win down 5-0? Probably not. But I thought if we were able to get some guys on, and then we got the bases loaded, and I started to think we had a chance.”

Their victory was the Titans’ third against Dakota this season, as they also won two Macomb Area Conference Red Division matchups.

Stevenson went 8-2 in the MAC Red; the Cougars finished 7-3 and 26-6 overall.

Blake Allen, Pat Boza, Chad Roskelly, Daniel Herman, Bill Karvounis, Kyle Stafford, Daniel Carion, Travis Perkola and Alex Lewandowski were Dakota’s senior representatives.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Jason Carmel Davis at jdavis@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1107. Twitter Follow Jason on Twitter.

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