Local baseball squads receive district tournament draw

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published May 29, 2013

 Grosse Pointe North’s Cody Parafin attempts to turn a double play during a scrimmage against St. Clair Shores Lakeview earlier this season. North is scheduled to play Grosse Pointe South in a district semifinal June 1.

Grosse Pointe North’s Cody Parafin attempts to turn a double play during a scrimmage against St. Clair Shores Lakeview earlier this season. North is scheduled to play Grosse Pointe South in a district semifinal June 1.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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Local baseball squads receive district tournament draw

As fun as the regular season may have been for Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s baseball squad, with the Knights leading the Michigan Independent Athletic Conference Blue Division at press time with a 14-0 record (24-4 overall), it is the postseason that holds their biggest goals, which include getting “back to Battle Creek” — what coach Dan Cimini cited as the team’s primary ambition earlier this season.

Liggett’s first opportunity to take a journey toward that goal will come in a Division 4 semifinal district game against Warren Macomb Christian, scheduled for a noon start May 31 at Sterling Heights Parkway Christian. The winner of that game advances to a district final contest against either Marine City Cardinal Mooney or Parkway Christian, which has a scheduled 4 p.m. start May 31, also at Parkway Christian.

Cimini thinks the postseason takes on a different atmosphere, and he looks forward to taking part in it.

“It’s fun,” he said. “It can be nerve-wracking if you let it because everybody knows once you lose, you’re done — that’s the end of your season. We don’t look at it that way. We look at every game we play as a game we expect to win. Once we win that game, we go on to the next game. We set our standards high and we expect to be (in) Battle Creek.

“If somebody beats us before we get there, you tip your hat to them. But we expect to be there.”

Liggett has become accustomed to making trips to Battle Creek in recent seasons, as it won a Division 4 state championship in 2011 and finished as state runner-up last year.

Cimini has given some thought as to what it may take for the Knights to find themselves back in Battle Creek for a third consecutive season.

“We have to get good pitching and continue to hit the ball,” he said. “Offensively, this is the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here in the last 10 years. We’ve hit the ball very well, and we have to continue to do that. Takes pressure off our pitchers.”

In other local baseball district tournament news:
Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South will face off in a Division 1 district semifinal at noon June 1 at North.

The winner of that game moves on to face either East Detroit or St. Clair Shores Lakeview in a district final at 2:30 p.m.

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