University Liggett wins back-to-back state titles

Freshman Gehrig Anglin pitches Knights to D-3 championship

By: Thomas Franz | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 14, 2014

 University Liggett baseball celebrates after capturing the Division 2 state title.

University Liggett baseball celebrates after capturing the Division 2 state title.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

No championship experience needed.  

Freshman Gehrig Anglin pitched a complete-game, two-hit shutout to lead University Liggett to a 9-0 victory against Decatur in the MHSAA Division 3 state championship on June 14 at Michigan State University.

"I felt very confident out there," the 14-year-old Anglin said. "I wasn't really nervous that much. I was before the game getting ready, but once I stepped out there, I was fine."

Anglin has been Liggett's top pitcher all season, and he came into the state final with an 11-2 record and 1.16 ERA. 

"(Anglin) has been our ace all year, and we knew he was going to pitch this game all year," Liggett coach Dan Cimini said. "He's a 14-year-old, but he pitches like a junior or senior. He's done a great job."

Offensively, Liggett took advantage of four Decatur errors, five hit batsmen and seven walks to plate nine runs off three hits.

"We'll take it all day long," Cimini said. "There's nerves that go into this game. I think maybe they were a little bit nervous and made a couple of mistake, and we capitalized on them."

The Knights scored seven of their nine runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Earning RBI in the inning were Matt Gushee by way of a walk, Ian Clark on a squeeze and Anthony Simon by way of a base hit. Liggett scored four other runs in the inning while taking advantage of three errors, three walks and one hit batsman.   

This is Liggett's first season in Division 3 after winning state titles in 2011 and 2013 in Division 4. The victory avenged a loss to Decatur in the 2012 D-4 state championship.