Junior pitcher Bryce Dudal threw a three-hit, complete game to lead Sterling Heights Stevenson to a 6-1 victory over New Baltimore Anchor Bay on Wednesday afternoon.
“Dudal pitched great,” Sterling Heights Stevenson coach Joe Emanuele said. “He’s a very crafty left-hander, and he kept them off-balance all day. They hit a lot of fly outs because he kept them on their front foot.”
When Anchor Bay (1-5, 0-2 MAC Red) batters reached base, they had trouble staying there as Dudal caught two Anchor Bay baserunners with his deadly pickoff move.
“We played very clean baseball. We didn’t make any errors and didn’t allow a baserunner to get to second until the seventh inning,” Emanuele said.
The game was mostly a defensive battle, with Stevenson (9-1, 2-0) making the most out of their seven hits.
Standing out offensively for Stevenson was junior third baseman Ryan Lux, whose two-RBI single in the fourth inning put his team up 4-0.
Senior second baseman Steve Tamburro had a single and a double, and senior catcher Todd Taterd hit a single and scored a run for Stevenson.
Emanuele thinks his team needs to score more runs to sustain its winning ways.
“We’ve got to swing the bats a little better. We’re playing good defense, and we’re winning with pitching, but we’ve got to get better at the plate,” Emanuele said.
Birmingham Groves 13, Farmington 3: Nick Ringler had a pinch-hit single and scored a run, John Kowalchuk went 1-for-2, was hit by two pitches, had four RBIs and three runs scored, and Chaise Ford pitched a complete game with two walks and four strikeouts for Groves (6-0, 2-0 OAA White). Artie Bentley hit 1-for-3 with a triple, RBI and run scored for Farmington (5-4, 0-2).
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 2, Utica 1: Rachel Russo had a goal and an assist, Alex Wayne scored and Ally Gaunt recorded four saves for Anchor Bay (5-0-1).
Auburn Hills Avondale 4, Troy 2
Belleville 1, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 0
Birmingham Brother Rice 5-3, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 1-2
Garden City 4, Dearborn 2
Harrison Township L’Anse Creuse 3, Romeo 1
Lake Orion 5, Clarkston 2
Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 7, Elyria Catholic (OH) 6
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 7-0, Rochester Adams 2-1
Utica 2, Port Huron Northern 1
Walled Lake Northern 4, Lakeland 1
Austin Catholic 5, New Haven Merritt Academy 0
Dearborn Henry Ford Academy 4, Detroit Cass Tech 1
Detroit Country Day 3, Davison 0
Macomb Dakotza 5, Sterling Heights Stevenson 1
Warren Fitzgerald 4, St. Clair Shores South Lake 1
Garden City 13, Dearborn 0
Lakeland 3, Walled Lake Northern 1
Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 11, Marysville 7
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 16, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 3
St. Clair 12, Marine City 2
Waterford Kettering 12, Waterford Mott 1
Port Huron Northern 181, Utica 191
Romeo 152, Utica Ford 162
Royal Oak 174, North Farmington 198
Sterling Heights Stevenson 168, Clawson 192
Utica Eisenhower 172, Grosse Pointe North 179
Boys track and field
Bloomfield Hills 92, Troy Athens 36
Lake Orion 88, Clarkston 40
Troy 108, Pontiac 20
Girls track and field
Bloomfield Hills 94, Troy Athens 34
Lake Orion 73, Clarkston 54
Utica 111, Port Huron 24
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 6, Sterling Mott United 3
Northville 15, Plymouth Salem 7
Plymouth 10, Novi 8
Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer.