Western International overpowers King, Mumford shuts out Henry Ford
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
Martin Luther King High School junior infielder Avonte Maddox started last Friday’s game between King and Western International with a triple and scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. That play was the only offensive highlight for the Crusaders the entire game.
The Cowboys erupted for nine runs in their half of the first with starting pitcher sophomore Joshua Armstrong en route to a 16-1 drubbing of King in a PSL Mega Divisional matchup May 3 at Clark Park. The victory lifted the Cowboys record to 14-3 overall and 5-0 in the Mega Division, while King dropped to 5-6 and 3-2. The last time the teams met was April 2, when Western pulled out a close 2-1 victory over King.
Junior pitcher Louis Chappa took to the mound for the Cowboys and allowed the only first-inning hit for the entire game. He struck out six batters and retired 10 in a row. He also hit a third-inning triple knocking in three runs. Senior infielder Hector Gutierrez was one of the big bats for Western with two-for-two, a double and a three-run homer.
The Cowboys scored nine runs in the first inning, four in the third and two in the fourth. The Crusaders didn’t have a chance after Maddox’s triple in the first. The game was called after four innings because of the Michigan High School Atheletic Association’s mercy rule.
“We’ve been really focused on making outs,” said Western’s head coach Juan Sanchez. “We have seniors that are starters, and they have to get in the groove. They have to play ball the way they know how, if we want to repeat as champions.”
King Head Coach Norman Taylor says his biggest challenge is beyond the players desire to play. There are many problems, he says, that are impeding his kids.
“We’re still looking for a home field to practice and play our games,” Taylor said. “We have to travel over to Manz Playfield (five miles from the school) to hold practice because our field at our school isn’t an official playing field to practice and play on.”
Taylor says some of the student atheletes miss practice because they can’t get to the field every day.
“I’m making sacrifices myself lugging plenty equipment in my own car and getting kids to practice. I’m hoping something can be done about it.” he added
Mumford vs. Henry Ford
Mumford continues to make strides in the PSL East-West as the Mustangs (5-2) shut out Henry Ford May 3. Marcel Smith was the winning pitcher for Mumford striking out 13 of the Trojans’ batters. Brandon Washington once again had the hot bat for the Mustangs as he went three-for-four with four RBIs. Henry Ford, who suffered their first loss of the season, dropped to 6-1.