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Tuesday’s roundup: Cliftondale wins MAC baseball opener

James Hawkins Special to The Detroit News

Senior center fielder Chris Williams delivered a walk-off RBI double to lift Clinton Township Clintondale over visiting Warren Lincoln, 11-10, Tuesday in the Macomb Area Conference Bronze Division baseball opener for both teams.

Tied at 10-all heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, senior shortstop Matt Frey started things off by working the count full and drawing a walk. Then after Frey stole second, Williams roped the ball down the right-field line to drive him in and trigger the celebration.

“(Heading into our final at-bats) we talked about how the game of baseball is never over. You don’t ever think you’re out of it till it’s over,” Clintondale coach Rob Townsend said. “Chris was struggling at the plate but I told him it didn’t matter what he did early on as long as you come through when you need to most.”

Clintondale appeared to be in complete control after it scored five runs in the sixth to open up a 10-3 cushion heading into the final inning. Yet, Lincoln staged a late rally to cut it to 10-9 and threatened to take the lead with a bases-loaded, no-out situation before Townsend turned to senior Jordan Edwards.

Edwards walked the first batter he faced to force in a run, but responded with a pop-up, a strikeout and a weak ground ball to work out of the jam and limit the damage.

“(Jordan) is a three-year starter. We were trying to save him for later, but he got the job done,” Townsend said. “That’s what you need your leader to do is come through in the clutch and he did.”

Clintondale (2-1, 1-0) recorded eight hits by eight different players, highlighted by junior Matt Wilden’s bases-clearing double in the fourth. Wilden (1-for-3, four RBIs) also drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth.

With the loss, Lincoln falls to 0-3, 0-1.

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Detroit Cesar Chavez 8, Detroit Edison 7: Tyler Harris went 3-for-4 and drove in the winning run with a two-run home run in fifth inning for Cesar Chavez (1-3). Roby Bautista scattered five hits and five strikeouts over five innings and Janiel Montijo struck out four in two innings of relief to earn the save. Edison is 0-3.

Detroit Osborn 13, Detroit Central 3 (4 inn.): Juan Thomas earned the win with six strikeouts and one earned run and also had a single, a stolen base and two RBIs for Osborn (1-0, 1-0 PSL). Kurt Wilcox added a double, a stolen base and three RBIs. Derek Lynaun struck out five for Central (0-1, 0-1 PSL).

Detroit Renaissance 12, Detroit King 2 (6 inn.): Christian Blakely threw a two-hitter with five strikeouts, one walk and one earned run in five innings, Napoleon McCants had a triple and four runs scored, and Brian Jackson went 2-for-3 with a run scored for Renaissance (3-0, 1-0 PSL). King is 2-1, 0-1.

Farmington 13, Birmingham Groves 7: Ryan Coucke went 3-for-5 with a bases-loaded double in sixth, a two-run single in the seventh and three runs scored, and Alex Manasa went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the save for Farmington (5-2, 1-0 OAA Red). Malik Brown went 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Groves.

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 10, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 0 (6 inn.): William Morrison went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and four runs scored, Sean Fannon went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Teddy Wujek gave up two hits and struck out seven in 5.2 innings for Liggett (3-2).

Royal Oak 8, Southfield 4: John Hock drove in three runs, Justin Marshall added two RBIs and Jack Zimmerman picked up the win in relief for Royal Oak (3-3, 2-0 OAA Gold). Southfield is 1-5, 0-2.


Detroit Renaissance 19, Ferndale 2 (3 inn.): Chloe Ostozla got the win, striking out six and allowing three hits, and Breanna Lawrence had three hits, including a grand slam, for Renaissance (3-0).

Macomb Dakota 11, Sterling Heights Stevenson (5 inn.): Kendahl Dunford struck out five and allowed three hits for the win, Sarah Fringer hit a two-run homer and Corbin Hison was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Dakota (1-0). Stevenson is 0-1.

Madison Heights Lamphere 9, Warren Woods-Tower 3: Adrianna Ernest went 2-for-4 with three-run home run and Jaclyn D’Arca went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored for Lamphere (2-0, 1-0 MAC Gold). Samantha Orzechowski had a triple, two singles and three runs scored for Tower (2-1, 1-1).

Novi Franklin Road Christian 12, Ann Arbor Greenhills 5: Kayla Nannoshi tossed a complete-game three-hitter with six strikeouts for Franklin Road (1-1, 1-0 MIAC Red), while Hannah Rayburn went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Katie Larabell went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.


Bloomfield Hills 3, Lake Orion 2: Samantha Ferry, Karmyn Carter and Delaney Horton scored for Bloomfield Hills (4-0, 3-0 OAA White).