BATTLE CREEK — Gloves went skyward.
Students and fans in attendance charged the field in celebration.
Teary-eyed parents grabbed cameras to catch every lasting moment.
And this wasn’t even a championship game.
What it was, however, was a magical ride with at least one trick left.
The Warren De La Salle baseball team, 2-14 at one time this season, beat Howell High 3-2 in a Division 1 semifinal in Battle Creek June 15.
The D-1 final was played after press time.
Check out next week’s paper for a complete wrap up of the June 16 final.
“We’re having a blast right now,” said coach Matt Cook following the semifinal win, which improved his squad to 20-22-1. “We’re not supposed to be here, but here we are. We’re loose. We’re relaxed. We’re having an awesome time.”
Kevin Carroll pitched one of the best games of the season in the semifinal, going all seven innings while striking out six Howell (30-11) hitters.
Leading 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning, sophomore Dominic DiPuma led off the frame with a towering home run to left field.
Howell answered in the bottom of the sixth with a run of its own, but Carroll set down the Highlanders in order in the bottom of the seventh, sending the Pilots back to the final for the first time since winning it all in 2009.
“We never let being 2-14 affect us,” Cook said. “The kids bought into what we were teaching.”
November 16, 2015
Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day
Thanks to two early scores, some lock-down defense, and a touchdown with just 5:25 remaining in regulation, the Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day football team picked up a 20-13 victory against Milan High in a Division 4 regional final on Nov. 14 and earned this week’s Team of the Week honor. Country Day, which had outscored its opponents 78-7 in the district round, advanced to the state semifinals for the second year in a row. The Yellowjackets (11-1) face Flint Powers Catholic (10-2) at 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at West Bloomfield High.