Western International keeps on rolling with 21-4 record
Boys Baseball Roundup — Week 5
King and Mumford sweep doubleheaders; CMA still leads PSL West with Henry Ford right behind
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — With Western International way out in front in the PSL Mega Division, the question remains: Who’s going to finish second for playoff contention — King, Cass Tech or Renaissance?
The Cowboys (9-0 PSL Mega, 21-4) won five games last week, sweeping a twin bill from Renaissance, 11-1 and 10-0, on May 1 and routing Cass Tech 11-1 on May 4.
Western won non-conference match-ups against Southfield-Lathrup, 11-10, on April 30 and then again May 5 against Dearborn Heights Annapolis, 6-3.
Against the Phoenix (5-3-1 PSL Mega, 6-10-1) on May 1, Chris Torres was the winning pitcher, striking out eight and walking four. Tomas Mauricio was two-for-three at the plate, scoring two runs and one RBI. In game two, Hector Guttierrez no-hit the Phoenix and struck out 10. The Cowboys got run production from almost everyone in the lineup.
In Friday’s game against the Technicians (3-6, 9-8), Antonia Ramirez and Jose Santos Solis took to the mound for western. Ramirez struck out eight and walked two and Solis had two strikeouts. Run production came from Hector and Anthony Guttierez, Jose Ramon-Morales, Tratez Henton and Luis Chapa.
Renaissance got back on the winning track with a 7-0 shutout of Mumford on May 4.
King (7-2 PSL Mega, 7-11 overall) moved into second place, sweeping a doubleheader from Cass Tech on May 1 with scores of 6-2 and 4-0. They also picked up a May 4 forfeit win over Southeastern. Terrell Walker was the winning pitcher in game one, allowing five hits and two runs and striking out 14. Walker was also hot at the plate, going two-for-three and scoring once. Davaughn Williams went two-for-four for the Crusaders with one RBI. Julian Strickles went one-for-three with an RBI. In game two, Demetrius Bryant struck out 20 batters. Avonte Maddox went three-for-four with a double, an RBI and one run. Strickles worked five innings for Cass Tech, striking out nine and allowing one run.
In non-league action, King lost a doubleheader May 5 to Dearborn Edsel Ford, 13-3 and 15-4. Cass Tech lost to Southfield 15-0 on May 3.
Mumford (2-6-1 PSL Mega, 4-7-1) got two games in the win column with a twin bill sweep of Southeastern, 16-1 and 10-0. Sophomore pitcher Brandon Washington allowed two hits and struck out 11 batters in the first game, while senior pitcher Nathaniel McCoy won the second game with eight strikeouts and allowing no hits.
The PSL East-West is a two-horse race with Communication Media Arts leading the way with Henry Ford breathing down its neck. CMA (6-0, 7-1) shutout Cody 20-0 on May 3 and Central 12-0 the following day. In the May 4 game, junior pitcher Omar Compton was the winning pitcher for the Pharaohs, striking out 11 and allowing no hits. Junior shortstop Jamal Turner had a double with three RBIs and two runs.
Henry Ford (5-1, 10-1) also had two routs last week as they clobbered Central 15-1 on May 1 and Northwestern 14-on May 4. Marvin Watts was the winning pitcher in both games. Watts struck out 15 batters against Central and 13 against Northwestern. Taz Rodgers carried the big stick for the Pharaohs against Central, going three-for-four, scoring three runs and batting in three runs. DeAndre carried the big bat against Northwestern,going two-for-three with three RBIs and scoring three runs.