Boys Baseball Roundup — Week 4
Western International stuns Catholic Central 9-2
Cass Tech, Renaissance split twin bill; CMA rally upsets Henry Ford 11-8 in PSL West
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — The Western International baseball machine is now transforming into a steamroller as the Cowboys (6-0 PSL Mega, 12-4 overall) are beginning to rollover its competition. The Cowboys went up against Catholic League power Novi Catholic Central on April 26 and topped the Shamrocks 9-2 in a non-PSL matchup. On April 24, Western swept a doubleheader on against Southeastern, winning both contests, 22-0 and 18-1.
Against Catholic Central, the Cowboys pounded out 11 hits led by Hector Guttierrez, who had three hits including a triple and five RBIs and scored once. Other Western players lighting up the scoreboard were Derrick Gibson and Jose Ramon-Morales, who both went two-for-four at the plate and each scored twice.
In their doubleheader against Southeastern, Western scored 22 runs in the first two innings of game one. In game two, the contest was over in one inning as the Cowboys started out with 17 runs in the first. Western picked up another win April 27 with a 5-1 victory over King.
Renaissance (4-1-1, 5-8-1) and Cass Tech (3-3, 9-4) was the key matchup in the PSL Mega as both teams split a doubleheader April 24, with Cass Tech winning game one 12-6 and Renaissance taking the second game 6-4 with the game called in the fifth because of darkness.
Senior Nate Santoscoy was the winning pitcher in game one for the Technicians, striking out six and allowing three hits with no earned runs. At the plate for Cass Tech, junior catcher David Barksdale was two-for-four with two singles, an RBI and scoring twice. Junior second baseman Julian Striggles scored three times with an RBI going two-for-four, while junior first baseman Fred Lewis went two-for-three with two RBIs and one run. For the Phoenix, senior pitcher Kevin Moore went three and a half innings giving up four hits and 11 walks. Senior catcher Anthony Parker went four-for-four with a double and three singles and scored twice.
Renaissance won the second game when senior pitcher Raymond McCants struck out nine and allowed two hits. At the plate, McCants hit two triples and drew a walk while scoring twice and knocking in three runs. Senior shortstop Will Owens went two-for-two, including a double, for Renaissance. He also had an RBI while scoring twice. Lewis was the losing pitcher for Cass Tech as he gave up six hits and six runs. The Technicians got four runs on walks.
Both teams were victorious April 27 as Renaissance routed Southeastern 26-0 and Cass Tech dumped Mumford 12-2. King (4-2, 5-8) swept a doubleheader from Mumford on April 24, with scores of 12-2 and 8-4.
In the PSL West, Communication Arts (4-0, 5-1) held off Henry Ford 11-8 in an April 24 matchup. The winning pitcher for the Pharaohs was Omar Thompson. Senior outfielder Kyle McKenzie provided key hits for CMA. Freshman shortstop Darryl Champion provided the key scoring for the Trojans as he went four-for-four with a homerun, a triple, two singles and three RBIs.
Both teams played April 27 as Henry Ford (3-1, 8-1) took their frustrations out on Cody with a 17-1 win in 3 innings, while CMA had to rally to defeat Southwestern 7-6. The winning pitcher for the Trojans was Taz Rogers as he struck out nine batters. Junior leftfielder provided the firepower for Henry Ford with a single and a grand slam good for six RBIs.
The winning pitcher for CMA against Southwestern was sophomore Jamar Turner. Trailing the Prospectors 6-5 in the top of the fifth, sophomore first baseman Kevin Price drove in two winning runs to clinch the victory for the Pharaohs.