GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett's baseball team is headed back to the quarterfinals after defeating Allen Park Inter-City Baptist 2-0 in a Division 4 regional final at Liggett June 8.
The 2011 D-4 state champs and 2012 state runner-up got a home run from Mark Evan Auk in the first inning to give the Knights an early 1-0 lead.
A combined pitching effort from Adam Fiema and Auk helped keep the Chargers off of the scoreboard. Inter-City Baptist's best opportunity to put runs on the board may have come in the fourth inning, when it loaded the bases. However, Auk was able to srike out the last batter of the inning, ending the Chargers' threat and preserving Liggett's one-run lead.
Lordanthony Grissom's RBI in the fifth inning provided the Knights with their last run of the game.
Liggett coach Dan Cimini provided some thoughts as to how the Knights have come as far as they have.
"Perseverence," he said. "Expecting to win every game when we step on the field. Whether we win 2-0, 12-0 or 15-0, we expect to win all the time. I think that helps us in big games like this."
Earlier in the day, Liggett defeated Royal Oak Shrine 2-1 in a regional semifinal.
Connor Fannon took to the mound for Liggett in the semifinal, in a game which ended with the Knights throwing out a runner at home plate.
Fannon offered up some reasons as to why Liggestt has been so successful.
"We've been playing great defense," he said. "Pitching's been where it needs to be. Our pitching's been great this year, our fielding, too. Playing well."
Up next for Liggett is the quarterfinals, where the Knights are scheduled to face Concord at 5 p.m. June 11 at Adrian College.