PSL Baseball Finals at Comerica Park
Boys Baseball Roundup — Week 7
Western International vs. King in Mega Final; Communication Arts vs. Henry Ford in East-West Final
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — Western International is headed to Comerica Park once again to defend its Detroit Public School League Title, but they had a fight on their hands with a pesky group from Cass Tech players. The Cowboys (26-5) and pitcher junior Antonio Ramirez avoided an upset as they turned back the Technicians 13-7 in the PSL Mega Division Semi-Final played May 18 at Northwestern High.
“(The game) was too close for my comfort,” said Western head coach Luis Sanchez. “But we did what we had to do and that was to win.”
The Cowboys key run producers were senior infielder Luis Chapa who hit a single and a double while driving in three runs. He also scored twice. Junior infielder Jose Morales went three-for-three with three singles, two RBIs and scored three times.
Cass Tech (14-13) got offensive production from Francisco Vega, who hit a single and a double, with one RBI and one run. Other key runs came from junior catcher David Barksdale and senior pitcher Nate Santoscoy, who scored two unearned runs in the first.
“We had them on the ropes for a minute, but they got away,” said Cass Tech head coach Robert Custard.
In the second Mega semi-final game, senior pitcher Demetrius Bryant pitched a complete game, striking out nine and allowing one unearned run as King (11-16) turned back Renaissance (8-12-1) 2-1 on May 18 at Northwestern High. Sophomore shortstop Avonte Maddox was one-for-two with one RBI and scored the go-ahead run to clinch the win for the Crusaders.
On the mound for the Phoenix was senior Ray McCants, who pitched five scoreless innings. Renaissance got its lone run in the top of the sixth when senior first baseman LaMonte Jackson got on base with an error due to a wild throw that moved him to second base. When he attempted to steal third, the throw to third also went wild, enabling him to score.
“It was very great win because the kids deserved it,” said King head coach Norm Taylor. “They worked for it. Because of the conditions we had to work with throughout the season. The support from the parents was super.”
Western International faced King in the Mega Division Championship Game on May 23. Results will be in the next issue of the Citizen.
In the East-West semi-finals, also held May 18, CMA defeated Finney 8-0 at Clark Park, while Henry Ford routed Osborn 14-6 at Manz Field.
Senior Omar Compton took to the mound for CMA and helped punch the Pharaohs’ ticket to Comerica Park as he struck out 16 Highlanders and gave up only two hits. At the plate for CMA, senior Kyle McKenzie hit a two-run home run and senior Desmond Bishop had two RBIs as he was walked twice.
“I’m proud of the way they play,” said CMA head coach Ray Stephens. “We had to teach them basic baseball fundamentals. They’re not there yet, but are getting better.”
Henry Ford got a strong performance from senior Marvin Watts as he struck out seven batters. The Trojans offensive performance came from senior first baseman DeAndre Terry and junior second baseman Delvonte Hall, who each hit three singles good for two RBIs and scored twice, and senior rightfielder Christopher Loveless, who hit two doubles, drove in two runs and scored once.
Communication Media Arts (9-2) and Henry Ford (12-2) faced each other again for a third time in the East-West final at Comerica Park. The Pharaohs defeated the Trojans in both meetings, with scores of 11-8 and 18-3.
“We have to finish some business,” said Henry Ford head coach Kenneth Jackson. “This will be our third time playing them. I hope the third time’s a charm.”
Both games were played May 23 at Comerica Park. Results will be in next’s issue of the Citizen.