Sterling Heights Stevenson baseball coach Joe Emanuele usually plans on using four or five pitchers per game.
On Wednesday, he only needed one, as junior pitcher Zach Roth threw a five-hit, 71-pitch shutout to lead Sterling Heights Stevenson (3-0) to an 8-0 rout of Grosse Pointe North.
“Zach kept them off-balance,” Emanuele said. “This time of year we don’t push our starters over 80 pitches, so we’re normally bringing someone else in in the fourth inning, but Zach kept us from making any changes”
Junior catcher Mitchell Shamblin went 2-for-3 with two runs, senior designated hitter Luke McGuire went 2-for-4 and senior shortstop Mario Camilletti chipped in with three hits and two RBIs for Sterling Heights Stevenson.
Sterling Heights Stevenson was up 4-0 in the sixth inning, but Grosse Pointe North had the bases loaded with two outs and its cleanup hitter at the plate. Roth got out of the jam by forcing a pop-up, then Stevenson put the game out of reach with four seventh-inning runs.
The game caps a great opening week of the season for Sterling Heights Stevenson. Earlier in the week they beat Rochester on a walkoff and Birmingham Brother Rice in a seventh-inning comeback.
Emanuele mentioned defense and baserunning as possible areas of improvement for his team but overall was positive about the season outlook.
“I think we’re on the right track,” Emanuele said.
Sterling Heights Stevenson heads to Florida next week as a team for spring break, where it will scrimmage. It hosts Utica on April 10.
Grosse Pointe North has a doubleheader at home against Alpena on April 7.
Birmingham Groves 8, Berkley 0: Chaise Ford and Connor Bradbury each went 2-for-2 with two doubles, John Kowalchuk went 1-for-1 with a walk and Tyler Newitt recorded two strikeouts for Groves (1-0). Berkley is 0-1.
Taylor Trillium 6, Harper Woods Chandler Park 5: Brandon Elders had two doubles and four RBI, Nick Larson went 2-for-2 with two runs and Ben Wildie pitched four innings with 12 strikeouts and one run allowed in the win for Trillium (3-0). Daveion Calhoun hit a double and had two RBI for Chandler Park (0-1).
Walled Lake Western 9, Novi 7: Ryleigh Perry had three hits, three RBIs and one run, and Rhiannon Esshiki pitched a complete game for Walled Lake Western (1-0).
Huron Valley United 12, Walled Lake Western 9: Dylan McGorisk scored five goals, Logan Addonizio had a goal and three assists and Matt Alati collected 14 ground balls, a new team record for Walled Lake Western (0-1). Huron Valley United is 0-1.
Other Wednesday scores
Algonac 7, Clarkston Everest Collegiate 4
Birmingham Brother Rice 6, Dearborn Divine Child 0
Birmingham Brother Rice 5, Dearborn Divine Child 2
Brownstown Woodhaven 4, Flat Rock 0
Clawson 17, Warren Fitzgerald 9
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 8, Auburn Hills Avondale 4
Detroit Catholic Central 15, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 6
Fraser 11, Clinton Township Clintondale 0
Hamtramck 13, Detroit CMA 6
Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 6, Utica Eisenhower 6
Oxford 4, Utica 1
Royal Oak Shrine 3, Madison Heights Lamphere 1
Tecumseh 2, Onsted 1
Tecumseh 8, Onsted 1
Utica Ford 1, Armada 0
Warren De La Salle 10, Detroit Jesuit 5
White Lake Lakeland 4, Howell 3
Ypsilanti Lincoln 2, Wayne Memorial 1
Dearborn 9, Detroit Western International 4
Fraser 10, Sterling Heights 0
L’Anse Creuse North 10, Warren Cousino 0
Grosse Pointe North 11, Warren Mott 0
Milford 7, Walled Lake Central 2
Tecumseh 20, Blissfield 2
Tecumseh 12, Blissfield 1
Warren Woods Tower 8, Center Line 0
Wixom St. Catherine 11, Waterford Lakes 0
Wixom St. Catherine 15, Waterford Lakes 0
Chelsea 16, West Bloomfield 4
Lake Orion 12, Okemos 2
Milford 12, Walled Lake Western 9
Pontiac Notre Dame 11, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 6
Romeo 17, L’Anse Creuse North 5
Troy Athens 14, Utica Eisenhower 0
Grosse Pointe South 16, Troy Athens 3