Grosse PointesJune 4, 2014
Liggett’s sweep of district titles highlights weekend of playoff action
By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer
HARPER WOODS — University Liggett moved up to Division 3 in baseball and softball after playing in Division 4 last year, but the move didn’t stop the Knights from cruising through district tournaments.
In baseball, Gehrig Anglin dominated an MHSAA Division 3 district tournament at Harper Woods High School on May 30.
Anglin, a freshman, threw nine innings of no-hit baseball, three of which came in a semifinal win against Harper Woods and six more came against Detroit Consortium in the final.
The Knights defeated Harper Woods before beating Consortium 7-0 to win a district title.
“He (Anglin) did what he’s done all year. He pounded the strike zone and allowed them to put the ball in play, and he had five strikeouts, but we’re a good defense, and we’re going to make plays out there if he does that,” Liggett coach Dan Cimini said.
Offensively, Anglin also had three hits in the final. Nick Azar opened the scoring for the Knights with an RBI single in the first inning that scored Cole Zingas.
Conner McCarron successfully executed a squeeze in the second inning that scored Patrick Broder, and the Knights would go up 3-0 on the same play as Consortium committed a throwing error that allowed Ian Clark to score.
Clark helped put the game away in the four-run fifth inning, as he drove in two runs on a single to right field with the bases loaded.
“I thought our offense did a really good job of playing small ball by moving guys around and getting guys in. We just played really good Liggett baseball,” Cimini said.
Liggett advances to play Ann Arbor Greenhills at 10 a.m. on June 7 at Manchester High School. Liggett could potentially play Madison Heights Bishop Foley, the three-time defending Division 3 state champions, in a regional final that same day.
In softball, Liggett defeated Harper Woods 17-0 in a district semifinal before beating Madison 25-0 to win a district title.
Liggett’s softball team will also travel to Manchester for a regional tournament on June 7. Liggett will open regional play by taking on Grass Lake at noon.
To complete the sweep of district titles, Liggett’s soccer team defeated Royal Oak Shrine 1-0 on May 30 in Division 4 play.
Liggett senior Ania Dow scored in the first half off of a pass from junior Pasha Vreeken.
Liggett advanced to play Clarkston Everest in a regional semifinal on June 4 at Madison Heights Bishop Foley. With a win, Liggett would play the winner of Marine City Cardinal Mooney and Bad Axe in a regional final on at 7 p.m. on June 6 at Foley.
South baseball, soccer claim district titles
In Division 1 postseason play, Grosse Pointe South hosted baseball and softball district tournaments.
In baseball, the hosts defeated East Detroit 14-0 in a semifinal before beating Grosse Pointe North 10-0 to advance to regionals.
South’s Ryan Liagre went 4-5 against North with a home run and four RBI. Jimmy Menchl pitched a complete game while giving up three hits and striking out seven batters.
South (23-17) will play in a regional tournament hosted by Grosse Pointe North on June 7. South starts the tournament against Detroit Western. The winner of that game plays the winner of Livonia Stevenson and U-D Jesuit.
In soccer, South staved off a challenge from North in a district semifinal on May 29 to win 3-1.
A hat trick from Dani Manning propelled South past North.
South went on to defeat Detroit Western 8-0 in a district final on May 31, but South coach Gene Harkins said following the North game that his team got healthy just in time for the postseason.
“We’ve got our people healthy. We have everyone back, and I thought that we played one of our better games this year. We played very well,” Harkins said.
South took on Macomb Dakota in a regional semifinal on June 4. The winner of that game plays the winner of Troy Athens/Utica Ford on June 6 at Sterling Heights Stevenson.
North closed its season at 5-17-2, but North coach Skipper Mukhtar said that he was very pleased with the development of his team throughout the season.
“We’ve gotten better as the season has gone on, for sure,” Mukhtar said. “The improvement has been great. I think this is the most I’ve seen one team improve from the beginning to the end of the season, and a lot of that was due to the senior leadership being phenomenal.”