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June 3, 2013

Stevenson baseball wins district title behind one-hitter by Zach McGuire

Titans down Chippewa Valley to win D-1 district championship

By Jason Carmel Davis
C & G Sports Writer

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Stevenson baseball wins district title behind one-hitter by Zach McGuire
The Sterling Heights Stevenson baseball team beat Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 6-0 June 3 to claim a MHSAA D-1 district title. Pictured is Titans junior pitcher Zach McGuire during a regular season matchup with the Big Reds. McGuire threw a one-hit shutout in the district championship game.

FRASER — A base hit that came on a 3-2 count in the bottom of the first inning is all that stood between Sterling Heights Stevenson junior pitcher Zach McGuire recording a no-hitter in a 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 district title game against Clinton Township Chippewa Valley.

That single was the only hit McGuire allowed, as the Titans (24-8), who won the Macomb Area Conference Red Division, knocked off the Big Reds (7-25) 6-0 to claim the program's fifth district title in six years. The game took place June 3 at Fraser High.

"I left a fastball up. I didn't want to walk the kid. You have to make him earn it, and he hit it," said McGuire, who went 2-for-4 at the plate. "My fastball was hitting spots, and the curveball was giving a good change of pace. A few of those strikeouts were on cutters that were throwing them off a bit."

Stevenson advances to take on the winner of a district played at Macomb L'Anse Creuse North in a regional semifinal matchup scheduled for 10:05 a.m. June 8 at Anchor Bay. The other half of that D-1 regional features a battle between Warren Woods Tower and Warren Cousino. That game is set for non June 8. The regional final is slated for 2:05 p.m. June 8 at Anchor Bay.

McGuire walked Chippewa Valley freshman catcher Ethan Zaglaniczy to start the bottom of the third. The Titans' junior hurler went on to retire 15 of the final 16 batters he faced to record a complete-game, one-hit shutout. An error with one out in the bottom of the seventh allowed Big Reds junior infielder Jeff Mizwa to reach base.

"We had a good pitcher on the mound today, and we swung the bat. That was the difference today," Stevenson coach Joe Emanuele said. "(McGuire's) done a very good job for us this year. He's the guy we want out there."

The Titans did their damage at the plate early in the game, scoring two runs in the top of the first and three in the top of the third. Stevenson plated another run in the top of the seventh, when senior Zachary Melcher scored from third base on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Riley McCauley.

"These kids showed a lot of resolve. Our biggest problem all year is we haven't hit the ball," Chippewa Valley coach Jim Murphy said. "If we stopped them from scoring, we would have had a chance, but they just played better than we did."

Stevenson knocked off Fraser 11-1 May 31 to advance to the district final.

Big Reds senior Jeff Pietryka pitched solid in relief for Chippewa Valley, allowing one run, two hits, two walks and two strikeouts in four innings of relief. Pietryka got the win in a 1-0 victory over Utica Ford II May 31 to help the Big Reds get to the district final.

Stevenson swept three meetings with Chippewa Valley this season.

 

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