Grosse Pointe South baseball coach Dan Griesbaum used one word to describe his team’s reaction to Rob Martinez’s walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving Grosse Pointe South a 5-4 win over Clinton Township Chippewa Valley on Tuesday.
“Elation,” said Griesbaum, whose team has lost eight one-run games this season. “They pretty much held us down for four innings. It was good to win a one-run game.”
Tied at 3 after seven innings, Chippewa Valley got a run in the top of the eighth, after a throwing error allowed Jeff Martin to score.
Then in the bottom of the eighth, South (10-13, 4-6 MAC Red) relied on small ball.
After pinch-hitter David Toth grounded out to lead off the inning, Jacob Hinkle singled before walks to Joe Naporano and Brad Thompson loaded the bases. Another walk, to Michael Lanzon (2-for-3), scored Hinkle to make it 4-4. Two batters later, Martinez (2-for-5) hit the winning single.
“They were waiting on good pitches,” Griesbaum said. “They didn’t swing at any bad pitches in the inning.”
With one out in the top of the fifth, Martinez came in from shortstop to take over for starter Nate Budziak, who went 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking three.
Martinez pitched the next three innings, allowing a run on six hits, while walking two and striking out two.
“He’s done well in relief,” Griesbaum said. “He throws strikes. He’s got several pitches he can throw for strikes.”
Jack Doerer got the last two outs of the eighth to earn the win.
“He pretty much came in and shut the door,” Griesbaum said.
Martin, Matt Hinkley and Jack Patrick each had two hits for Chippewa Valley, which had a 3-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings, before South answered with three in the bottom of the fifth.
South heads to Sterling Heights for a two-game midweek series against Sterling Heights Stevenson (19-3, 10-0), which beat Utica Eisenhower, 8-2, on Tuesday.
South lost to Stevenson, 5-4, on Monday.
“The MAC Red is tough from top to bottom,” Griesbaum said. “Every game is a battle in the MAC Red. You can’t relax against anybody. They’re one of the top teams in the state. We have to play flawless baseball to beat them.”
Detroit Central 5, Detroit Henry Ford 3: DeAngelo Bell went five innings, allowing three runs on two hits while striking out 10 and walking three. He also walked three times and scored twice for Central (6-1). Phillip Whittening was 2-for-3 and scored twice for Central. Henry Ford is 2-4.
Detroit Country Day 10, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 0 (5 innings): Steve Mann tossed five shutout innings, striking out four, and hit a two-run home run and scored three times, while Parker Pilat was 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs for Country Day (18-3).
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 10, Dearborn Divine Child 2: Jackson Walkowiak threw six shutout innings, and was 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs for Liggett (18-1). William Morrison was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three stolen bases.
Sterling Heights Stevenson 8, Utica Eisenhower 2: Garrett Navarra went six innings, giving up one run on four hits, while striking out nine and walking one for Stevenson. On offense, Navarra had a two-run single, Ryan Lux was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Todd Paperd had a two-run single. Cameron Marnon had two hits for Eisenhower (15-4, 7-3).
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 6, Sterling Heights Stevenson 0: Alex Antoszewski had two goals, while Kayla Polisano had a goal and an assist for Anchor Bay (10-1-2, 2-1-1 MAC Red).
Warren Woods-Tower 18, Roseville 8 (5 innings): Leeann Wilson was 4-for-5 with two triples and five RBIs, Richelle Michalak was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Hannah Chaffee was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Chaffee also threw a complete game, allowing eight runs on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking five for Tower (8-12, 3-3 MAC Gold).
White Lake Lakeland 99, Waterford Mott 38: Justin Smith won the 100m dash (11.4 seconds) and 200m (23.3) for Lakeland.
White Lake Lakeland 98, Waterford Mott 39: Grace Stark won the 100m hurdles (13.70 seconds), 100m dash (12.1), 200m (25.8) and was on the winning 4x100m relay (49.50) for Lakeland (5-0). Marissa Sailus took first in the 400m (1:02.4), second in the 100m (12.4) and was also on the 4x100 relay. Mott is 3-1.
Al Willman is a freelance writer; News staff contributed