Western wins showdown with Cass Tech
Boys Baseball Roundup — Week 3
Renaissance wins two of three in PSL play; King sweeps Southeastern; Henry Ford races to 7-0
By Harry M. Anderson, Jr.
Special to the Michigan Citizen
DETROIT — Western International (3-0 divisional, 8-4 overall) kept their grip on the Mega Division of the Detroit Public Schools with key wins over Cass Tech on April 17 and Mumford on April 20. The Cowboys swept a doubleheader from Cass Tech, 11-1 and 12-0, and defeated Mumford 13-5. The Cowboys also defeated Madison Heights Lamphere 9-4 on April 16.
But the Technicians (1-2 PSL Mega, 7-3 overall) got back on the winning track with a win over Inkster 19-2 on April 18, a 14-4 victory over Southeastern on April 20 and an 11-3 win against Dearborn Fordson on April 21.
Against Southeastern, senior pitcher Owen Pierce struck out nine Jungaleers at the plate and gave up only one hit. At the plate for Cass Tech, junior third baseman Marcus Marsh was two-for-four and sophomore center fielder Damarcus Green hit a bases-loaded double that drove in two runs.
Renaissance (2-0-1 PSL Mega, 3-6-1 overall) continues to show improvement as the Phoenix defeated and tied Mumford, 4-3 and 4-4, in a doubleheader on April 17. They then turned back Hazel Park 13-12 on April 19 and King 5-3 on April 20. Renaissance dropped a doubleheader to East Lansing on April 21, losing 15-0 and 14-4.
Kevin Moore was the winning pitcher against Mumford as he worked seven innings, giving up five hits, but striking out seven. He also went two-for-three with a double and two runs. Anthony Parker went one-for-two and scored two runs, including the winning run. The pitcher for the Mustangs (0-2-1 PSL Mega, 2-3-1 overall) in the first game was Brandon Washington, who had 10 strikeouts and gave up five hits. At the plate, senior first baseman Nathaniel McCoy was one-for-three with a single and one run. Sophomore third baseman Marcel Smith went two-for-three with two RBIs.
In the second game, Moore was one-for-three, scoring once and stealing three bases. Junior pitcher Donald Goodson struck out 18 and allowed one hit for Mumford. Smith went one-for three and stole home. Goodman and sophomore Mike Henderson also scored for the Mustangs. The game was called due to darkness.
Against King, Moore pitched a full game (seven innings), allowing three hits and three runs while striking out 15. William Owens was one-for-three at the plate for the Phoenix. He had a double, scored one run and had two RBIs.
King (2-1 PSL Mega, 3-7 overall) swept a doubleheader from Southeastern 13-2 and 19-3 on April 17, lost to Renaissance 5-3 on April 20 and lost a doubleheader on April 21 to Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest, 14-2 and 13-5.
“Not having a place to practice has had a big effect on the kids,” said King head coach Norman Taylor. “We’re still playing catch up.
“We haven’t had a full practice because the field at the school wasn’t in shape. Our play field wasn’t regulatory by state requirements. We’re struggling because no one’s stepping up to help the kids. I’ve been coaching for 21 years and this is a catastrophe. They (the school board) don’t care about baseball.”
In the PSL East-West, Henry Ford (7-0, 2-0 PSL West) defeated Northwestern 14-2 on April 17 and Southwestern 9-7 on April 20. Freshman pitcher Darryl Chapman took to the mound against Northwestern and struck out eight batters and gave up only one hit.