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2019 MHSAA Baseball State Finals | STATE CHAMPS! Michigan

2019 MHSAA Baseball State Finals | STATE CHAMPS! Michigan
from inside the

state

champs

Network studios in Southfield

Michigan

these are the

2019

MHSA a

baseball

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championships presented by Lawrence Technological University where Blue Devils there my name is Lauren Plant and following some super dicey weather throughout the semi

finals

Michigan

State

's McClain Stadium shined on Super Saturday no delays and a lot of new faces on the final stage and some familiar ones as well let's jump out of the dugout and begin with division 1 West
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Michigan

taking center stage as we had portage northern taking on Rockford almost a decade since the Rams drove home carrying the

state

's top hardware the northern Huskies lost a tough one in extra innings back in 2015 northern took out top-ranked Woodhaven in the regional 38 wins this season Rams head the school's all-time home run champion in their lineup and a veteran squad but as is often the case great pitching got both teams to the title tilt they needed one more and get over the
top I'm Gabe O'Neill and let's get going with the opening game as two West Side teams faced off in the Division one finale as portage Northern took on Rockford portage Northern winners of 23 of their last 24 games would get the offense going in the top of the first with the bases juiced the junior Parker brave with the hotshot grounder that would score tyler hellicksen and portage northern lead four to nothing the sophomore sander morris was on the mound for the Huskies he would get
Joe Kelly to go down swinging after the opening inning northern still led by four they would increase their lead in the top half of the second with runners on the corners the junior Greg la piscina reaches down and Boop's it for the base hit Jack Bethel will cross the dish and portage northern is now up by five Rockford would finally get on the scoreboard in the third Kelly with the grounder that would score Owen Cairns and the Rams now trailed five to one then moments later the senior code
Easter convert rips the base hit to left the jr. Kellan male would come around to score and after three innings of play Rockford was down by three at five to two Morris would settle down after that here he gets cairns at the knees for the strikeout to end the fourth and it was still at five two ball game the huskies would break it open in the top of the fifth with runners in scoring position the junior gainin ian goose gets the base hit to left parker brace cores to make it six or two and then
portage northern would put the icing on this championship cake as the eastern

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commits hellicksen sends the offering deep and over the wall and right for the three-run home run Morris went the distance for portage northern one earned run on seven hits and here getting stir convert to ground out to end the game as portage Norlin goes on to win its first

baseball

state

title in school history 10 to 4 the final that means a lot I mean this is what we've been working for our whole high
school career and something really wanted to accomplish and for our last game to go out like this with this group it's something special it's amazing I mean I love this team with all my heart and just going out here to clay another day with

baseball

awesome it just means the world and trust every single one of them out in the field and just amazing to be here with every single one of them I feel great I mean it's just it's awesome to celebrate with these guys I mean where these
guys are a true family and I mean seriously this has been such a smooth ride with these players it's been the easiest year to coach but yet we've worked the hardest but that's that's because they wanted to work this hard because this is their goal and dream and they trusted our staff to do all that hard work so it's awesome my speeches in Division two we had a program that over the past 20 years found itself in its sixth finale hoping for a fourth

state

championship I'm
talking about Orchard Lake st. Mary's the Catholic

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with a solid bullpen and a great mix of youth and experience Grand Rapids Catholic Central enter the postseason unranked but ran it up during this run out scoring good ranked opponents by wide margins more timely hitting would be needed here if the Cougars were going to find a way to ground the eaglets I'm Jenna scale ski and here we go the Division two

baseball

final between Orchard Lake st. Mary's and Grand Rapids Catholic
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Central and we picked things up in the bottom of the first st. Mary's would get on the board the senior Harrison posed ax sends it to left for the base hit the sophomore Alex Mooney comes around to score they added another run and led to nothing after the first Grand Rapids Catholic Central was threatening with a pair on in the top of the second but nature doe lines back at st. Mary's pitcher Brock Porter who snags it to end the threat more from the eaglet offense in the bottom half of
the second with bases loaded it would be the sophomore Mooney coming through with the base hit that would drive in Ryan do Saeng and Jack Mooney that increased st. Mary's lead to four and they would be knocking on the door in the third with a pair in scoring position Kole Sibley grounds it up the middle the throw to home is off the mark and now would score two more eaglets flying up six nothing after three innings of play we go to the top of the fifth Grand Rapids CC with the bases juiced
Kyle Tepper with the fly ball to left just deep enough for Trudeau to tag from third and he would beat the throw the Cougars now trailed six to one the freshman Brock Porter was dealing on this Junoon going six innings allowing one run five hits and throwing seven strikeouts Orchard Lake would get that run back in the bottom of the fifth the senior Jack Mooney lays down the bunt and that would get Grant Henson to score eaglets back up six at seven to one then in the sixth another freshman
contributing for the Edelen is nolan Schubert as he takes the opera's deep to right-center he would end up on third with an RBI triple heading into the final inning Orchard Lake st. Mary's was leading 8 to 1 Dylan karke who will play his college ball at

Michigan

State

came in to pitch in the seventh and would get Kyle tapper two grounds into the game ending 6-4-3 double play as Orchard Lake Saint Mary's goes on to win 8 to 1 for its first

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title in four years feels amazing you
know junior year we lost in semis last year just coming back to senior year and last year as an eagle just meant the world to win it and go out with a bang or very proud of you know we had a rough start to our season we always believed in ourselves we believed in the talent we had but we just needed to put it all together we needed some guys to step up leadership wise and we did and then I think that's 27 straight games or something like that they were we're unbeaten and to have a
comfortable combination here at

Michigan

State

with the

state

championship it's pretty special we head to Division three now and Grosse Pointe Woods University Leggett found themselves back in Division three following a two-year run trying to compete for a

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title in Division one they fell short of reaching the

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but back in d3 here they were the current Catholic League double-a

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and a chance for its fifth championship this decade Homer on the other hand had a heck of a time
over the past few seasons getting into the Final Four but this season hit their postseason striving heaven look back like a great coffee strong and balanced on the Trojans but the Knights where as battle tested ads could be including solid wins against strong Division one opponents this season the midday matchup was set the Division three

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title game a good matchup between two proud programs University Liggett very comfortable on this stage trying to get one for the thumb in terms of
rings this decade thirty two wins this season for Homer they needed nine innings to get past pay wama westphalia were they ready to wrap it up again Homer came out swinging to start the game bottom one bases juiced for Kyle Compton he promptly delivers a two-run double TJ bender Cole into muscle LeBron score just like that two-nothing Trojan Homer wasn't done ducks on the pond and Logan King trying to stop the bleeding but Jacob Wilson pokes a nice single to left two more runs come across
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and the Trojans had a four-run lead after the first top of the second Knights trying to get it going Billy Coe picky singles to Center two outs now and Knights getting aggressive Coe picky with the steal attempt but picked off to end the inning great throw by LeBron top-4 now nights Drew's Eleniak singled and advanced a second after Logan King walked but butters was dealing Mick post frozen and another threat butters had six strikeouts in the game still four zip homer bottom for now Trojans
with a man on second but Kopecky came in to pitch for the Knights in the second inning today nice job here striking out the next two batters including Seth Tigers to the sixth inning now and it appeared Liggett was going to crack the scoreboard seal with two on but not so fast Alec azar launches the left field and it looks like it's going to drop but check out this webcam by the left fielder Dylan Warner Ian Narva must have thought he didn't catch it instead he gets doubled up at second
and that ends another night scoring threat Homer is fired up about it bottom seven now and butters trying to go the distance but a scary moment here Patrick Ilic at the place accidentally hit in the head with the pitch this crack ricocheted throughout the stadium but he'd be ok and continued that was the end of butters day as he reached his limit six scoreless innings Vander Kolk called in to close it out Terrance O'Brien however walks and the night still with life with two runners
aboard but it wasn't meant to be Kopecky grounds out to end the game Homer defeats Liggett by a final score of four to nothing you're

2019

d3

state

chins graduating ten seniors off the last year's team a 37 and two team ten seniors seven pitchers and most people wouldn't have thought that we would have gotten this far you know for sure and they did we talked about it before the game all the talk was lit and you got to beat there or whatever five six seven

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championships and
yeah I see we just got to be one run better than them today and we're pretty simple right first pitch strikes leadoff out get our bunting game going play defense and we made some outstanding plays how about Dylan Warner there on the sixth inning game changer it's just amazing I can't really put into words and still don't feel like we've won the

state

championship it means a lot no you you see all the community that came out to support us today and it just means so much and
we're so thankful to have a great support system in the community so proud of you guys you know having that walk coach this doesn't happen next year right we finished the business today gutsy effort hard work look at the communities unbelievable what you guys have brought into it today you're here for you right win or lose you guys left you're a champion today Claire this is for all of us today right this stroll everybody in on three oh baby champions today boys champions on
strategic champion the nightcap this year at McLean Stadium on the campus of

Michigan

State

University given to Division four and another unranked team fighting its way into the finale Saginaw novell finished sixth in the Tri Valley Conference West Division this year he had here they were with a strong senior class who willed their way to the cusp of the ultimate winner's circle Monroe County's Petersburg summer field with a tri-county chances season and this was their first season in
the Final Four now despite just a single senior the Bulldogs had outscored their seven playoff opponents 82 - you heard me right back to East Lansing one more time I'm Kevin shores in ski for this finale at the

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in Division four as Petersburg Sommerfeld took on the Panthers from Saginaw novell Petersburg summer field came in at 27 in four and would get on the board first with runners on first and second the sophomore Brock Olmstead hits a single just out of the shortstop's
reach Brendan Defoe comes around to score and the Bulldogs take a one nothing lead same at-bat for PS they had the bases loaded Brandon Tyler up to bat and they put on the squeeze Derek Clark comes in to score and everybody is safe after the top of the first the Bulldogs led by two and the junior Derek Clark was on the mound for summer field and was shutting down the novell bats Sam Bartles the victim of the swinging cave Clark through two strikeouts in the opening inning let's jump to the
bottom of the fourth now novell putting some pressure on with the bases loaded but Clark rises to the occasion and gets the clutch strike out on Jacob Byrd to end the threat that was still a to nothing ballgame jump to the top of the six with the bases loaded a bulldog Clark doing it with his bat as he worked one into the right-field corner and have yourself a date kid as he clears the past and slides in with a triple Petersburg Sommerfeld cruisin now leading 7-zip in Clark was still dealing on
the hill Michael Elmen can't catch up to the heat he had the shutout going into the final inning and the Bulldogs would add some more runs in the seventh the senior Brad Mauer comes through with a pinch-hit single to center mark Keller would easily crossed the dish a couple batters later for I Smith once in on the action he has he swings at his first offering and ropes it to center scoring Mauer and putting the Bulldogs up nine Derek Clark went the distance no runs on four hits struck out 11
as he gets the swinging K to end the game Petersburg Sommerfeld wins their first

state

title in school history beating Saginaw novell 9 to nothing feels amazing it feels like we just won the World Series I mean I love all these guys with all my heart and just love putting the work with them I preached to them from the first day of practice that we're gonna win a

state

championship so no stage there who no matter who we play at on any stage we've went to Decatur played under lights you
know we scheduled some big teams and I just want to get them used to the big stage it was like this was you know we're supposed to be here they all thought we're supposed to be here this is not too big for us you know and we just wanted to show that we do belong and you know none of this was a fluke up into this point so I just basically told him it's not a fluke you know we're here for a reason but we're gonna get it done so we just wanted to I really appreciate him just
coming out here playing loose and playing our game that is our presentation of the

2019

MHSA a

baseball

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championships hope you enjoyed it as we did putting it together big shout out to everyone on the

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champs

production staff who put this show together and remember to follow like and subscribe to

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