Novi — Clarkston got three runs in the first inning, and thanks to some strong pitching from David Steward was able to advance to a Division 1 baseball semifinal with a 4-1 victory over Brighton.
Joe Popp had a two-run double in the first, Steward’s sacrifice fly brought Popp home and Clarkston (21-11-1) never looked back.
“That really set the tone for the whole game,” Clarkston coach Phil Price said. “Our kids are competing and we’re peaking at the right time. I’m excited for Thursday.”
Steward went the distance, allowing seven hits, striking out five and walking just one.
“He was dominating,” Price said. “He came back on two days’ rest and just had guts. He was a competitor, a bulldog, and everything you want in a pitcher.”
Robert Spencerwent 2-for-3 and scored a run for Brighton (29-8).
Clarkston will take on Bay City Western in a Division 1 semifinal at 5 p.m. Thursday at Michigan State.
Geoff Robinson is a freelance writer