In a battle between two league champions, the Sterling Heights Stevenson baseball team earned the victory Wednesday, defeating Lake Orion 1-0 in walk-off fashion.

Stevenson, the Macomb Area Conference Red Division champion, and Lake Orion, the Oakland Activities Association Red champion, were tied 0-0 heading into the seventh inning.

After giving up a lead-off single, Stevenson turned a double play to get the first two outs in the seventh, but pitcher Luke McGuire gave up hits to the next two batters to put runners on first and second. McGuire managed to get the next hitter to ground out, ending the threat and setting up Stevenson for the win.

It was Mario Camiletti's squeeze bunt that scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

"This was defintely a pitchers duel," Stevenson coach Joe Emanuele said. "These are two great teams from the area and it was a very well-played game. We just wanted to find a way to squeeze out the win."

McGuire pitched a complete game for Stevenson (25-6), allowing five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

Lake Orion is 17-13.

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Marissa McNees is a freelance writer.