In one of its final tuneups before the state tournament, Warren De La Salle showed it just might be ready in a 4-1 victory Thursday over visiting Clinton Township Chippewa Valley.
Senior Addison Pawelek went the distance for De La Salle, allowing one earned run and one walk while striking out five.
"He threw plenty of strikes, which is a plus at this time of year," De La Salle coach Matt Cook said.
De La Salle (14-15) was up 2-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, looking for some insurance, when sophomore Mike Karam hit a clutch, two-run single to provide some breathing room.
"It was great to see us play good, solid defense," added Karam. "That with good pitching hopefully will take us far in the playoffs."
Rob Zurawski went 2-for-3 with an RBI for De La Salle.
Chippewa Valley fell to 8-18.
Clinton Township Clintondale 6, Sterling Heights 2: Chris Williams struck out seven in a complete-game effort, while Matt Wilden and Alex Damer each went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for Clintondale (12-10) in a Macomb Area Conference crossover. Tony Slagle was 3-for-4 for Sterling Heights (7-16).
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 2-4, Utica Ford 3-1: Pierce Banks had the winning RBI single for Ford in the first game, while Matt Bur went 3-for-3 for Notre Dame. In Game 2, Adam Burnik had eight strikeouts, Mark Marrone picked up the save and Joey Aggro had three hits and a run for Notre Dame (20-12-1).
Detroit Ford 14, Detroit Central 8 (6 inn.): Niema Jennings went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and Destiny Williams was 3-for-4 with three RBIs for Ford (4-4-1). Central is 9-3.
Woodhaven 6, Allen Park 3: Bri Charron doubled and drove in two runs and was the winning pitcher, and Macee Wilson added two RBIs for Woodhaven (22-13).
Blake Meakin is a freelance writer; News staff contributed