Grosse Pointe South baseball advances to semifinal with win against Macomb Dakota

By: Mark Vest | C&G Newspapers | Published June 12, 2018

 Grosse Pointe South baseball players celebrate after beating Macomb Dakota in a Division 1 quarterfinal game June 12. With its win, South advanced to the semifinal round of the state playoffs.

Grosse Pointe South baseball players celebrate after beating Macomb Dakota in a Division 1 quarterfinal game June 12. With its win, South advanced to the semifinal round of the state playoffs.

Photo by Donna Agusti

DETROIT — Grosse Pointe South’s baseball team earned a trip to the semifinal round of the state playoffs with a 9-1 win against Macomb Dakota in a Division 1 quarterfinal June 12 at Harwell Field on the campus of Wayne State University.

 

South will play at 2:30 p.m. June 14 at Michigan State University against Midland High, with the winner earning a chance to compete for a state championship.

 

This is the eighth time South has advanced as far as the semifinals, and this year’s team reminds coach Dan Griesbaum of another one he had that accomplished the same feat.

 

“I’m just so amazed at this team,” Griesbaum said. “They remind me of ’05 — team that never was expected to do anything, but just came out and played like bulldogs. And they’re a team; they play together. … Great accomplishment for these kids, and mostly for the community.”

 

As it turned out, South scored all the runs it needed in the last half of the first inning, as three runs came across the plate via an RBI single from Andrew MacCagnone, and a double from Cameron Mallegg that scored two runners.

 

Dakota’s lone run of the came in the top half of the second, with junior Patrick Merolla delivering an RBI single.

 

With a 4-1 lead in the fourth, South got two more runs when senior Davis Graham hit an inside-the-park home run.

 

South added three more runs in the sixth, courtesy of RBI singles from Jacob Hinkle and Anthony Dermanulian, respectively, and a Dakota error.

 

Senior pitcher Cameron Shook allowed just one run in six innings of work for South.

 

Following the game, Shook recalled some earlier encounters with Dakota during the regular season.

 

“Hats off to Dakota; great team,” Shook said. “We lost two games earlier to them in our division, and it just proves that, don’t underestimate us.”

 

Dakota’s accomplishments this year included going 29-9 overall, winning a Macomb Area Conference Red Division championship, a district title and the second regional championship in program history.

 

“I’ve been part of every baseball team (we’ve) ever had,” Dakota coach Matt Carley said following the game. “In my opinion, that’s the best baseball team Dakota’s ever had.”

 

Dakota senior Brendan Miesch evaluated the kind of year his team had.

 

“We had a great season for the team,” Miesch said. “We tried our best, and (that) got us where we were.”