Two weeks after coming within an out of his first career no-hitter, Royal Oak's Dylan Dzendzel completed the rare feat in a 3-0 win Monday over visiting Ferndale in an Oakland Activities Association Gold Division baseball game.
After struggling with his location early, Dzendzel found his groove in the second inning and shut down Ferndale the rest of the way.
"Dylan had a rough first inning," Royal Oak coach Greg Porter said. "He couldn't get his fastball over but once he was getting it over the zone, it set up his other pitches. That was the key to his success today."
The junior lefty, who also threw a one-hit shutout earlier this season, finished with 12 strikeouts and two walks to improve his record to 3-1 on the year.
Dzendzel's teammates wasted little time providing him run support as senior right fielder Dan Showalter smacked a two-run double to open the scoring in the bottom of the first. Royal Oak (8-5, 6-0) pushed across another run on an error later in the inning, which proved to be more than enough cushion for Dzendzel.
"Ferndale didn't really hit anything hard off (Dylan) all day," Porter said. "He mixed his pitches well and kept hitters off-balance."
Jacob Prudden did his best to counter Dzendzel, surrendering five hits and striking out nine in six innings for Ferndale (4-5, 3-4).
Royal Oak senior catcher Austin Sophiea was the lone player to record multiple hits, finishing 2-for-3 in a game where hits were far and few between.
Brighton 10, Walled Lake Northern 9 (8 inn.): Alex Dixon went 3-for-5 with three doubles for Brighton (8-3). Drake Lubin went 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs for Northern (6-3).
Clinton Township Clintondale 13, St. Clair Shores South Lake 3 (6 inn.): Jordan Edwards went 3-for-3 with four RBIs, two doubles and two runs scored, and Shane Duncan went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored for Clintondale (9-1, 7-0 MAC Bronze). South Lake is 4-4, 3-3.
Detroit Country Day 8, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 4: Devin Beach struck out three and allowed two hits in three innings to pick up the win, Nick Neibauer went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, Marques Irving went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Jeremiah Tyler went 3-for-5 with an RBI for Country Day (5-9). Nate Grys hit a three-run homer for Bishop Foley (10-5).
Hazel Park 16, Oak Park 2 (5 inn.): Kyle McDaniel threw a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and Marques Hill went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for Hazel Park (6-7, 2-5 OAA Gold).
Melvindale ABT 13, Detroit University Prep Science & Math 12: Thomas Chandler went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Curtis Derome went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for ABT (13-3, 6-1 Michigan Metro). Kahil Escoe-Brown went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Eian Scott went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for UPSM (3-2, 2-2).
Novi 3, Livonia Franklin 0: Jac Colliau went the distance, striking out two and walking three, and Spencer VanKirk went 1-for-1 with two walks and a run scored for Novi (7-8). Mitchell Gonyaw went 2-for-3 for Franklin (11-4).
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 1-8, Macomb Lutheran North 0-5: In Game 1, Luke Shilling threw a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts and three walks, and Jake DePillo had an RBI single in the first inning. In Game 2, Ben Mancini picked up the win in relief, Kory Czajkowski had three hits, an RBI and run scored, Matt Burr had two hits and two runs scored, Joey Vyskocil had two hits and DePillo had two hits, including a two-run triple in the seventh, for Notre Dame (11-8-1, 8-5-1 Catholic AA). Lutheran North is 6-6.
Detroit Cass Tech 18, Detroit Western 8 (5 inn.): Brianna DeMyers struck out six and had a home run, Rosie Wise had a home run and drove in two runs, and Brooke Thomas hit a solo homer for Cass Tech (7-2, 4-1 PSL). April Hernandez hit a grand slam and a solo home run for Western (5-6, 3-2 PSL).
Detroit Collegiate Prep-Northwestern 20, Detroit Osborn 14: Samantha Smith had three RBIs for Osborn (3-2, 2-2 PSL).
Detroit East English Village 14, Detroit Mumford 10 (5 inn.): Abrina Favors went 2-for-3 with four RBIs and struck out seven in five innings for East English (1-3-1, 1-3-1 PSL).
Detroit Henry Ford 15, Detroit Denby 5 (5 inn.): Charlyn Giles went 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and three runs scored, Deja Webb went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and C'ance Buskin had four strikeouts in five innings for Henry Ford (2-2-1, 2-2-1 PSL).
Detroit Renaissance 15, Detroit King 0 (3 inn.): Jazmaine Hammond threw a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and Carmen Ramirez had a two-run double for Renaissance (12-2, 5-0 PSL).
Novi Franklin Road Christian 6, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 4: Danielle Fusco went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, Hannah Rayburn and Katie Larabell each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Alex Swaffield went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Kayla Nannoshi went the distance to earn the win for Franklin Road (2-4).
Dearborn 160, Redford Union 195: At Glenhurst Golf Course in Redford, Jimmy Monteith led Dearborn (4-0) with a 1-over-par 37, while Austin Watson shot a 40, Joe Saad 41 and Alex Barkoff 42. Ryan Randall shot a 47 to lead Union (0-3).
Birmingham Brother Rice 79, U-D Jesuit 48 & Birmingham Brother Rice 77, Dearborn Divine Child 51: In a Catholic League Central Division meet, Brother Rice's Jeremiah Hollis placed first in the 400 with a time of 52.6 seconds and John Penington won the 3,200 in 9:42.4.