May 29, 2014 at 7:46 pm

West Bloomfield shocks No. 2 Brother Rice in state baseball tournament

Beverly Hills – What Chandler Sedat started on Tuesday he finished on Thursday.

Sedat’s grand slam in the fourth inning on Tuesday gave West Bloomfield a 4-3 lead over Birmingham Brother Rice before rain forced a postponement.

Then on Thursday, Sedat pitched the final three innings in relief of starter Dazon Cole and West Bloomfield held on to shock the No. 2-ranked team in the state, 9-7, in a Division 1 pre-district at Birmingham Groves.

West Bloomfield (21-10) will play Southfield-Lathrup in a district semifinal on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Brother Rice, which lost in the state final last year, ended the season at 34-3-1.

“It was kind of poetic in that regard,” West Bloomfield coach Eric Pierce said of Sedat’s homer and his save. “Our guys responded with a number of two-out hits. Getting that 4-3 lead gave us the momentum. We thought it would carry us through.”

The game resumed with West Bloomfield batting in the bottom of the fourth with a runner on first and two outs. Karl Kaufmann relieved starter Matt Ruppenthal and gave up two walks and three consecutive singles that produced four runs and an 8-4 lead.

Sedat gave up two runs in the fifth, one earned, and two more in the seventh. He was aided by an outstanding play by left fielder Pearson Mateika in the sixth. Trailing 8-5, Brother Rice had a runner on third and one out. Freddy Jehle hit a fly ball to medium depth left field and Mateika threw out John Garry at the plate.

“I just had to focus,” Sedat said. “The nerves were getting to me. The wait had something to do with it. To score those four runs in the fourth helped me settle down. That play (by Meteika) are plays you have to do to win.

“We started (the season) off rough. We continued to get better.”

Sedat had five RBI to lead West Bloomfield and Josh Birnberg had two hits and three RBI.

Cole was credited with the victory and he scored two runs.

It’s another disappointment for Brother Rice, which had a much-heralded freshmen class three years ago. Thursday’s loss snapped a string of seven consecutive seasons it had won a district title.