Western International keeps on rolling, King defeats Communication Arts
Prep Baseball Roundup
Cass Tech edges Renaissance in extra innings
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
The defending PSL Champions were in full form last week. Western International (7-2, 4-0 PSL Mega) put together three impressive victories with a 16-1 win over Mumford April 25 and swept a twin bill from Cass Tech on April 22, 16-3 and 13-3.
In their contest with the Mustangs, the Cowboys won the game in four innings. The Cowboys jumped out quick — scoring three runs in the first inning — and never looked back. The Cowboys scored five runs in the second, three in third and another five in the fourth. The Mustangs pushed one run across in the third.
Ammedeo Appolini was the winning pitcher for the Cowboys as he allowed two hits and struck out 12. Anthony Gutierrez went three-for-four at the plate with four RBIs. On April 22 against the Technicians, the Cowboys dominated again in both contests. The second game was a makeup game from a contest previously postponed due to inclement weather.
“I’m pleased we were able to pull the games out under the conditions because of the weather,” said Western International Assistant Coach Mike Vasquez. “It’s been very wet and cold
All wasn’t bad for Cass Tech though. The Technicians (3-3) put together a pair of impressive wins with victories over Oak Park — 16-3 in five innings on April 21 and a 10-9 win over Renaissance in nine innings on April 25.
Against Oak Park, pitcher Kyler Shavers struck out nine on the mound. At the plate, Shavers went four-for-four with three RBIs. Fellow Technician Aaron Bernard went three-for-three at the plate and batted in two runs. During the April 25 game played at Mumford, Andre Bell was the winning pitcher for Cass Tech as he worked eight innings, struck out four, walked three, and gave up four earned runs. He knocked in the winning RBI in the ninth inning. Shavers went three-for-four at the plate scoring three runs and batting in another.
The Phoenix had strong hitting from Jordan Christian (four-for-four, two runs scored), Caleb Nelson (two-for-three, one run scored), Devin McKinny (two-for-two, one run scored) and pitcher Napoleon McCants who hit one triple. He worked six innings with no earned runs.
The Phoenix suffered another one-run loss during that week, losing to Troy Athens 9-8. McCants was two-for-five with a double, scoring one run and batting in four runs. Rafael Galindez was two-for-two, scoring twice.
Despite their loss to Western, Mumford pulled a big upset on April 22 as the Mustangs (2-2) took advantage of eight King errors to defeat the Crusaders 11-9 in a game played at King. Darius Jones was the winning pitcher striking out seven. He also went three-for-four at the plate knocking in three runs. Fellow Mustang Eric Terhune also went three-for-four, batting three runs.
The Crusaders (4-3) regrouped on April 25 and routed Communication Media Arts 11-1 in a light rain and the cold at Stopel Park. D’nayus Johnson was the winning pitcher for the Crusaders striking out 11. At the plate, Johnson hit two singles, batted in three runs and walked. Avonte Maddox went two-for-four with a pair of singles, stole two bases, and had three RBIs.
In the PSL East-West, Osborn was hot despite the cold weather, winning three straight over the Easter Break. The Knights (4-1) defeated Cody in four innings, 18-1, on April 22; Pershing in three innings, 18-1, on April 25; and Central, 20-0, on April 26.
Michael Tobias pitched a no-hitter Monday against the Comets. Charles Bonnet, Juan Thomas and Jalen Valentine had the hot bats for the Knights as each batter had two hits each. Valentine stole two bases. In the Friday’s game with the Doughboys Tobias allowed one hit, but had five strike outs. Against the Trailblazers on Saturday, Bonnett had five strikeouts while allowing two hits. At the plate he had one hit while batting in three runs. Greg Thomas went two-for-three for
Central (2-3) picked up two wins with a 10-5 win over Pershing on Tuesday, April 22 and a 20-1 rout of DCP-Northwestern on Friday, April 25. Against the Doughboys in Monday’s game, Damond Ward had seven strike outs on the mound and two hits and scored two runs at the plate. John Robinson had two RBIs.
In Friday’s matchup against the Colts, Eugene white allowed one hit on the mound while going three-for-three at the plate with RBIs. Fellow Trailblazer Nigel Phelps went two-for-two with two RBIs.