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Published May 26, 2015

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MADISON HEIGHTS — In his own words, it “felt like a state championship game.”

In reality, it’s May, and this was a predistrict contest.

“But it’s a huge start for us,” Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett baseball coach Dan Cimini said with a smile following a 3-1 victory at Madison Heights Bishop Foley on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a gigantic win. I mean, with the programs we both have the past four or five years, it’s huge.”

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Published May 26, 2015

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lake Shore senior pitcher Randy Walton picked up a complete-game win in his team's 4-2 win over city rival St. Clair Shores Lakeview in a Division 1 predistrict game May 26 at Kyte Monroe Memorial Field.

In the win, Walton went all seven innings, scattering three hits, while striking out eight and allowing three walks. The win gave Lake Shore a 4-1 record against Lakeview this season. With the playoff win, Walton has two of those victories.

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Published May 26, 2015

MADISON HEIGHTS — They’ve combined to win six state titles since the spring of 2011.

They are the only two state champions that baseball’s Division 3 tournament has known in the past four years.

But on the opening day of the 2015 state playoffs, Madison Heights Bishop Foley or Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett will be heading directly into the offseason.

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Published May 26, 2015

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — City rivals will play with the chance to advance in the 2015 postseason when the St. Clair Shores Lake Shore and St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball teams meet in a Division 1 predistrict set for 4:30 p.m. May 26 at Kyte Monroe Memorial Field in St. Clair Shores.

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Published May 20, 2015

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Always a bridesmaid.


It’s an analogy that Eric Pierce could only laugh at last week, mainly because, “well, it’s been true,” the West Bloomfield High baseball coach said.


It used to be true, anyway.


For the first time since 1998, the Lakers ended the regular season without looking up in the final standings. For the first time in 17 springs, West Bloomfield was the main attraction in Oakland Activities Association division play.

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Published May 19, 2015

ROYAL OAK — In a game that would play such a major role in the division standings, and subsequently reshape the Royal Oak High baseball program over the past eight-or-so years, Greg Porter watched as his guys went out and dismantled Southfield-Lathrup 11-1.

The victory came May 15, less than 24 hours after the Ravens were on the wrong side of an 8-2 loss to the same opponent.

A bounce-back win for a program on the rebound, and now, one with a shot to claim an outright division title in the Oakland Activities Association for the first time since 2007.

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Published May 18, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lakeview baseball coach Scott McGregor and his team have seen highs and lows this season, but the coach says his team is peaking at the right time.


Lakeview, after a 6-10 start at press time, had gone 8-6 in its last 14 games. Lakeview has been in a lot of close games. The team, at press time, had outscored opponents by a total of seven runs — 146-139 — and the Huskies were 3-4 in one-run games.

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Published May 18, 2015

UTICA — From worst to first, Utica High’s baseball team has experienced a dramatic turnaround this spring.

That turnaround now includes the end of an 18-year wait, as Utica won its first Macomb Area Conference divisional title since 1997 by defeating Port Huron High 3-2 on May 12 to win the MAC Blue.

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Published May 15, 2015

DETROIT — It may seem like it, especially recently, but as Bob Riker spoke with his Birmingham Brother Rice baseball team prior to the Catholic League semifinals last weekend, he stressed the unique opportunity sitting directly in front of his guys and just how infrequently chances like this come in a career.

He pleaded with them to embrace it, to make the most of it.

On Friday afternoon at Comerica Park, the Warriors answered their skipper’s challenge.

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Published May 14, 2015

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FRASER — Fraser High's baseball team won what coach Dave Kuppe thought was the program's first division title since 1997 with a 10-7 victory against Warren Woods Tower May 14 at Fraser.

Fraser entered the game with a one game lead over Tower in the Macomb Area Conference Gold Division standings, and with the victory, avoided having to share a title with the Titans.

"It hasn't really sunk in yet," Kuppe said. "We had to battle so hard. I was real proud of our kids for stepping up when the championship was on the line."

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Published May 14, 2015

A pair of two-out, two-run doubles sparked Port Huron High to a 6-3 road win against Utica on May 14.

Freshman Brett Wagner opened the game's scoring in the top of the second inning with a double to center that plated Austin Schneider and Dallas Mitchell.

Leading 2-1 in the top of the fifth, Port Huron increased its lead to 4-1 when Pat Jehl's double to right center field scored Curtis Corby and Fred Clark.

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Published May 13, 2015

TROY — One injury led to another.

Mike Morris was convinced that if it weren’t for bad luck, there’d be no luck at all.

There was an expectation for a senior-laden team, but quickly this became a group dominated by youth and inexperience.

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Published May 13, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Pitching is the name of the game, especially with a season winding down and a playoff atmosphere quickly approaching.

As the guys on the Royal Oak Shrine baseball team prepped for a key divisional doubleheader with Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes last Monday, there was a certain calmness about the group.

With just four division games remaining, these were must wins.

And with the pitching staff that the Knights are armed with, there was very little concern.

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Published May 13, 2015

STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights Parkway Christian senior shortstop Derek Dudek remembers when the school’s baseball team was what he called the “laughing stock” of the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference Red Division.

“But to have been able to watch the team grow into what it has become has been great,” said Dudek, a four-year varsity player.

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Published May 12, 2015

FARMINGTON — The eye test told him things were getting better.


The recent stretch solidified it.

As the weather warms and the pressure mounts down the stretch of the 2015 high school baseball season, Pete Finn has found himself working with a Farmington High team seriously finding its stride.


Healthy, a bit more experienced, even more confident, the Falcons have taken a somewhat average start to the season and exploded for five wins in their past seven games, at press time.

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Published May 11, 2015

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Years have come and gone; teams have changed.

But over the past three seasons, there’s been a consistency with baseball champions when it comes to the Catholic League finals.

That streak could run to four on Friday.

Madison Heights Bishop Foley and Birmingham Brother Rice each have a chance to claim their fourth consecutive league title when the teams head to Comerica Park for the annual championship games.

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Published May 8, 2015

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Lake Shore senior catcher Alex Sudney said he and his teammates must start getting some timely hits if the team is to have a strong second half.


“We’re hitting the ball, just not in the right situations,” said Sudney, a four-year varsity player.

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Published May 8, 2015

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Years have come and gone, teams have changed.

But over the past three seasons, there’s been a consistency with baseball champions when it comes to the Catholic League finals.

That streak could run to four on Friday.

Madison Heights Bishop Foley and Birmingham Brother Rice each have a chance to claim their fourth consecutive league title when the teams head to Comerica Park for the annual championship games.

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Published May 7, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — He had spent the past six springs as head coach, in charge of the Southfield High softball program.

But as Jamie Glinz put it, he was trying to give something up, looking for a break this year.

So, following the 2014 season, Glinz, also the coach of the girls basketball team, stepped down from his duties with softball in an effort to spend more time at home after what has become a hectic winter season and schedule.

That plan didn’t last very long.

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Published May 7, 2015

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WARREN — On a picturesque day, the Michigan Senior Softball League began its 29th season, with all six teams playing on Opening Day.

The league, established in 1987, started a new season May 7 with games at Warren’s Halmich Park. An Opening Day ceremony took place, with players reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before former Detroit Tiger Ike Blessitt, who played with the club in 1972, threw out a ceremonial first pitch. A moment of silence was held honoring the players who have passed away after playing in the league, open to those age 70 and older.

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