Western International clinches first in PSL Mega Division; CMA wins PSL West
Boys Baseball Roundup — Week 6
King clinches second in PSL Mega; Renaissance and Cass Tech earn PSL Mega playoff spots
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to The Michigan Citizen
Western International (12-0, 24-4) didn’t have to throw a pitch, score a run or make a play this week to clinch first place in the Detroit PSL Mega Division. The Cowboys won their scheduled games — a doubleheader against Mumford on May 8 and a game against Southeastern on May 11 — by forfeit because neither team had enough players. The forfeits gave Western International three more wins on the season and first place outright in the PSL Mega. The Cowboys start playoff action this Friday against Cass Tech in the PSL Mega semi-finals.
King (9-3, 10-13) clinched second place in the PSL Mega when the Crusaders gained a split with Renaissance (7-4-1, 8-11-1) on May 8, losing the first game 3-1 but winning the nightcap 5-4. King won May 11 with a 1-0 forfeit over Mumford.
“We’re playing better now,” said King head coach Norm Taylor. “We have to play Renaissance again in the playoffs. They are talented enough to play a baseball game.”
In last Tuesday’s doubleheader, Ray McCants was the winning pitcher for Renaissance in the first game as he struck out seven. Kevin Moore went two-for-two for the Phoenix with a double, a triple and three runs. Will Owens went one-for-two with RBIs. The pitcher in the first game for King was Terrell Owens, who allowed four hits and two earned runs but notched seven strikeouts. In the second game, Demetrius Bryant was the winning pitcher for King, striking out 14. At the plate, the Crusaders’ Dajon Hyatt went one-for-two with two RBIs and Walker went one-for-one with two walks and an RBI.
Over the weekend, King competed at the Birmingham Groves Round-Robin Baseball Tourney with the Crusaders defeating Cass Tech 12-1 and losing to Southfield-Lathrup 13-4.
“I like to give a shout out to my assistant coaches because they don’t get enough credit,” Taylor said. “They are family men and have volunteered their time. They have motivated and coached our kids well.”
Renaissance defeated Cass Tech on May 11 by a score of 9-3. Moore was the winning pitcher striking out 12 while giving up four hits. Owens went three-for-four with a double and an RBI while Justin Williams went three-for-four with two RBIs.
“It’s been a very competitive season,” said Renaissance head coach Cedric Thomas. “Our games with King and Cass were very good.”
The Technicians finished the regular season at 5-7 PSL Mega, 11-10 overall. Mumford finished at 2-9-1 PSL Mega, 4-10-1. PSL Mega Divisional Playoff games scheduled May 18 at Northwestern will be Western versus Cass Tech and King taking on Renaissance. Games begin at 4 p.m.
Communication Media Arts (8-0, 8-2) defeated Henry Ford (6-2, 11-2) 18-3 to win the PSL West Title. Senior pitcher Omar Compton was the winning pitcher for the Pharaohs as he struck out eight while giving up only two hits. Compton also hit a two-run home run in the first inning to start things off for CMA. He scored three times during the contest. Other key hitters for the Pharaohs were sophomore Dontavius Bishop, who had three RBIs, which included a two-run single, while scoring once and sophomore shortstop Jamar Turner, who had two hits, stole a base and scored four runs.
“Last year we didn’t have a program,” said CMA head coach Ray Stephens. “We took a bunch of guys who knew little about baseball. But thanks to Omar (Compton) and Kyle Mackenzie, two of our players with plenty of experience, they helped us develop the guys. They helped us a lot.”
The PSL West-East Playoffs — Communication Arts against Finney and Henry Ford versus Osborn — were played at Northwestern High on May 15. Results will be in next week’s Michigan Citizen.