Friday’s roundup: Big rally sparks Novi to sweep

Connor Muldowney
Special to The Detroit News

Novi was down 5-0 heading into the late innings of the first game of a doubleheader against Utica Ford on Friday, and the offense looked sluggish. A six-run burst later, including a walk-off, two-RBI single by Cam Czapski, and Novi took a 6-5 victory at home.

The second game ended up as a 16-10 victory for Novi.

Czapski might have had the biggest hit of the day for Novi in the opener, but junior first baseman Alec Bageris really impressed head coach Rick Green.

“Alec is a kid that made our team as a freshman and struggled a bit in his first two years,” Green said. “He’s really finding his swing lately.”

Bageris was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored in Game 1 and 3-for-5 with four RBIs and another run scored in the second contest for Novi (4-2).

Scott Beaton pitched the final two innings for Novi in Game 1 and earned the win, allowing just one hit and striking out a batter.

Trevor Sarhan was 4-for-8 for the day with an RBI and two runs for Ford (0-3). Kevin Large was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs in the second game.

With men on second and third with two outs and trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh, Czapski followed his coach’s advice and lined a single over second base, driving in the tying and winning runs.

“I told him, ‘You get the first pitch to hit, go after it,’ ” Green said.

Novi trailed 6-0 in the second game as well, but gained confidence as its bats started to heat up. Spencer VanKirk was 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs and Noah Mattews had a hit in two at-bats and three RBIs in Game 2.

“We need to have more discipline at the plate [moving forward], but today we did,” Green said. “We need to use more of the big part of the field. I was really proud of the way we didn’t quit.”

Novi will travel to Westland John Glenn on Monday for a league contest.

Baseball

Grosse Pointe South 7-10, Rochester Adams 2-0: In the opener, Brad Thompson had two RBIs and Jack Wittwer, Logan Mico, Will Poplawski and David Borowicz each drove in one run for South. Cam Shook earned the win. In the second game, Luke Riashi got the victory and teamed with Bobby Weiland and Mark Scheider on a no-hitter for South (3-0). Jacob Brauer was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Nolan Lucas added a double and two RBIs for South.

Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer.