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Cass Tech pitcher Julian Striggles.  CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTOS

Cass Tech pitcher Julian Striggles. CHUCK JOHNSON, DPS PHOTOS

Prep baseball roundup – Week 3

Technicians win in eighth inning, defuse Phoenix comeback! Henry Ford stays hot in PSL East-West with two big victories

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Cass Tech (2-2) got back on the winning track last Friday, but it took an eighth inning rally for the Technicians to defeat their scholastic rival Renaissance 5-4 at Manz Playfield on Detroit’s East Side. The game was scheduled for Northwestern High School’s Willie Horton Field, but because scrap metal thieves stole the fencing around the field, the game was moved to Manz Field.

Julian Striggles was the starting pitcher for Cass Tech striking out eight batters before the Phoenix rallied to tie the game in the seventh. After the first three innings went scoreless, the Technicians struck first in the fourth inning when Dave Barksdale and Kenneth Snapp scored on a pair of throwing errors by the Phoenix giving Cass Tech a 2-0 lead. The Technicians made it 3-0 in their half of the fifth when Striggles doubled scoring Marcus Marsh.

Cass Tech was in control until the Phoenix mounted a rally hitting four singles in a row off Striggles. Brandon Wilson scored cutting the Technicians lead to 3-1. After Striggles struck out Ellis Bernard with bases loaded, he called for a balk, which resulted in scoring Kendall Smith. Barksdale came in as a relief pitcher and forced Kanzoni Ramsey to hit into a sacrifice scoring Eric Matthews to tie the contest at 3-3. Barksdale forced Justin Williams to hit a fly out to end the inning.

Renaissance took the lead, 4-3, in the eighth when Smith scored on a wild throw. But the Technicians loaded the bases in their half of the eighth. The result was Roberts scoring on a wild pitch and a walk to Barksdale, which scored Robert Holmes with the winning run.

“We played a gutsy game,” said Cass Tech Head Coach Julius DuBose. “Patience paid off.”

“There was great pitching from (Napoleon) McCants,” said Renaissance Assistant Coach Cedric Thomas. “We battled back with three runs in the seventh and took the lead in the eighth.”

Napoleon McCants had seven strikeouts for Renaissance. Smith had a double and scored twice while Brandon Wilson had two singles for the Phoenix.

In the other Friday Mega Division game, Terrell Walker pitched a no-hitter striking out 19 as King (3-3) shut out Communication Media Arts 9-0. Walker also went two-for-three at the plate with two RBIs.

Henry Ford remained unbeaten in the PSL East-West upping their record to 5-0. The Trojans defeated Denby at home last Friday 6-3. Cortez Rodgers allowed three hit while striking out nine. Hel also went two-for-three at the plate. Also going two-for-three for the Trojans was Deldonte Paul. Henry Ford also blew out Cody in a rout last Tuesday 20-1.

Osborn (4-1) picked up two big wins as well, as the Knights shut out Pershing last Tuesday 9-0 and routed Northwestern on the road 7-1 last Friday. In the Northwestern game, DeVario Washington went seven innings striking out 14 batters. Curtis Wilson went two-for-three, which included a triple and three RBIs.

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