Teams prepare for PSL divisional play
Boys Prep Baseball Roundup — Week 2
Technicians off to 4-1 start; Henry Ford shows promise with 4-0 record
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — If there’s going to be a team that challenges Western International this year, it’s Cass Tech, with its deep pool of talented underclassmen. The Technicians, under the direction of head coach Robert Custard, are off to a 4-1 start before the beginning of PSL divisional play. Cass Tech started off the season with a 16-3 shellacking of Oak Park on April 3. After a 3-0 loss to Henry Ford on April 5, the Technicians defeated Oak Park again 13-0 on April 9, Communication Media Arts 19-0 on April 10 and Ecorse 6-2 on April 13.
Junior pitcher Terrance Morris was the winning pitcher for the Technicians in their first meeting with Oak Park, striking out three and allowing one hit. Junior catcher David Barksdale had two hits, one RBI and one run for Cass Tech.
In their 19-0 victory over CMA, Cass Tech sophomore Robert Holmes was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits while striking out five. Barksdale once again carried the big bat for the Technicians, going two-for-five with two singles, four RBIs and one run.
Junior pitcher Fred Lewis pitched two no-hitters. In their second meeting with Oak Park, Lewis struck out seven Knights batters. Barksdale once again provided the offensive firepower, going three-for-five with a double, three RBIs and one run. Against Ecorse on April 13, Lewis struck out eight Red Raiders while again allowing no hits. Senior shortstop Nathan Santoscoy was two-for-four with an RBI and one run.
Western International, on the other hand, didn’t do well against Brother Rice on April 11, being shut out twice against the Warriors, 21-0 and 6-0, dropping their record to 7-4.
Henry Ford might be the team to beat in the PSL West because the Trojans, with a strong group of upperclassmen, are off to a 4-0 start with wins against two PSL Mega squads, Cass Tech on April 5 and Mumford on April 12. Senior Tez Rogers was the winning pitcher in both contests. Against Cass Tech, Rogers struck out 13 Technicians and allowed only one hit. Senior first baseman DeAndre Terry hit a two-run scoring single in the third inning to break the game open. Against Mumford, Rogers struck out 14 Mustangs at the plate while allowing one hit. Senior third baseman Chris Loveless was three-for-three with three singles, three RBIs and one run.
In a 10-1 victory over Crockett Tech, junior pitcher Marvin Watt struck out eight while allowing three hits. Junior catcher Cortez Rogers was two-for-three with two hits, two runs and three stolen bases. In the Trojans’ 10-6 win over Ecorse, Watt scattered four hits and struck out seven. Freshman shortstop Darryl Champion went three-for-three with three hits, three RBIs and two runs.
Mumford got its first win as the Mustangs (1-1) routed Crockett Tech 20-5. Sophomore Brandon Washington was the winning pitcher for the Mustangs, striking out 10 over five innings. Sophomore catcher Darius Jones went six-for-six with three singles, three doubles, eight RBIs and four runs. Senior second baseman Tim Strickland went five-for-five with a home run and four singles and four RBIs.
Renaissance, last year’s PSL runners-up, have stumbled out of the gate with a 0-3 record with losses to Livonia Clarenceville 9-4 on March 28 and a doubleheader loss to Warren Woods- Tower, 9-5 and 12-2 on April 14.
King (1-4), who was a consolation finalist last year at the PSL Championship, has started with losses to Southfield-Lathrup 10-7 on April 7, Grosse Pointe North in a doubleheader on April 10 (11-1 and 14-4) and Birmingham Groves 14-1 on April 12. The Crusaders got their first win of the season on April 7 with a 13-3 defeat over Community High. The winning pitcher against Community High was sophomore Daniel Robinson. The big bats for King were juniors Davon Williams and Demetrius Bryant. Williams was one-for-three with two RBIs and two runs. Bryant was also one-for-three, with three RBIs and two runs.