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Western International ousts King, Mumford gets first mega win

King pitcher D’nayus Johnson and King pitcher D’nayus Johnson: MLK’s D’nayus Johnson gained a split in two games last week in PSL action.

King pitcher D’nayus Johnson and King pitcher D’nayus Johnson: MLK’s D’nayus Johnson gained a split in two games last week in PSL action.

Prep Baseball Roundup

By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Senior pitcher Luis Chapa struck out 16 batters and allowed four hits as defending PSL Champion Western International  Cowboys (2-2) defeated the Martin Luther King Crusaders 10-3 in a PSL Mega Divisional matchup, April 11 at Martin Luther King High School.

The Cowboys got a jump on the Crusaders’ starting pitcher junior D’nayus Johnson, scoring four runs in the first inning on two hits. The Crusaders answered back in their half of the first, scoring two runs on one hit and a force play. The Cowboys scored one run in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the seventh. The Crusaders would get one more in their half of the seventh.

“(The Crusaders’ head coach) Norm (Taylor)’s teams always take us to seven innings,” said Western International Head Coach Juan Sanchez. “We knew they were going to play us hard and give us a good game.”

All wasn’t bad for King this past week. The Crusaders defeated Cass Tech 16-3 in three innings, April 8. Johnson was the winning pitcher against the Technicians as he struck out five batters. As a batter, he had one hit and batted in one run. Senior short stop Avonte Maddox scored three runs and had two hits, one of  which was a double. Dujuan Hyatt also scored three runs and had two hits.

Mumford (1-1) in its first year in the Mega Division picked up its first win April 8 as the Mustangs defeated Communication Media Arts 13-0 in five innings.  Senior pitcher Darius Jones no-hit the Pharaohs on the mound, while going three-for-four at the plate with three RBIs. Derrick Terhune went three-for-four with three RBIs, while Brandon Washington also went three-for-four while scoring two runs. The Mustangs lost to Renaissance last Friday, 18-5.

Defending PSL East-West Champion East English Village outscored Osborn 10-6. Jalen Steven was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs striking out five Knights. At the plate, Stevens went three-for-three with three RBIs. Trevon Godfrey was four-for-four for the Bulldogs, which included an inside the park home run.

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