One thing is true for Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett: When Connor McCarron sees the ball, he almost always hits it.
That’s one of the reasons Liggett’s baseball team is 5-0, after Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest, in which McCarron was 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and 2 RBIs, improving his batting average to .785.
“He really picked us up offensively,” Liggett coach Dan Cimini said. “He’s been big for us all year.”
McCarron’s RBI triple in the bottom of the fourth broke a 0-0 tie for Liggett (5-0, 3-0 MIAC Blue). He scored again in the fifth, on a double by Will Morrison (2-for-3). Morrison later scored on an errant throw to third base, making it 3-0.
“We hit the ball really hard early in the game, but didn’t have anything to show for it,” Cimini said.
That was more than enough for Liggett’s starting pitcher, Sean Sannon. He pitched a complete-game two-hitter, allowing an unearned run while striking out six and walking two.
“Sean pitched a terrific game,” Cimini said. “He pounded the zone. He just did it all for us today.”
Lutheran Northwest (3-3, 0-1) scored its run in the top of the sixth.
“They never really threatened after that,” Cimini said.
The teams play again Wednesday afternoon.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 11-0, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 6-10: Max Musiy went six innings in the win for Cranbrook (4-6, 2-4 Catholic League C-D). Andrew Carpenter was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for Notre Dame Prep (5-6, 3-5). Cory Czajkowski threw a complete game two-hitter, striking out 10 in the six-inning mercy in game two for Notre Dame. Ryan Knutson was 2-for-4 with a home run, Will Baldwin 2-for-3 with an RBI and Brian Blakslee 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Detroit Cass Tech 3, Detroit Renaissance 2: Andre Bell pitched a complete game allowing two runs on three hits while striking out 14 for Cass Tech (2-1).
Detroit Central 14, Detroit Pershing 1: Robert Ogden went four innings, allowing a run on two hits while striking out eight for Central (2-0). He was also 2-for-2 with six RBIs while Deangelo Bell was 2-for-2 with 2 RBIs. Pershing is 0-2.
Detroit Cody 12, Detroit Northwestern 10 (3 innings): Jovonte Tomlin was 2-for-2 with an RBI for Northwestern (0-2). Cody is 1-1.
Detroit East English 16, Detroit Mumford 3 (4 innings): Kendall Smith was 3-for-3 and scored three times for East English (1-2, 1-2 PSL). Curron Suttle-Neal pitched all four innings, allowing three unearned runs on no hits while striking out seven and walking three.
Farmington 4, Birmingham Groves 2: Colin Finn went 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while striking out six for Farmington (8-2, 1-1 OAA White). He took a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Alex Manasa picked up the save, and was 2-for-3 with an RBI triple. Max Novick was 1-for-2 for Groves (4-2, 1-1).
Novi Franklin Road Christian 10, Lutheran Westland 0 (5 innings): Kayla Nannoshi threw a complete-game shutout, allowing four hits and striking out five for Franklin Road (1-0, 1-0 MIAC Red). Hannah Rayburn, Haley Thrift and Bethany Bause each had two RBIs. Lutheran Westland is 2-1, 2-1.
Troy Athens 2-3, North Farmington 1-4: Lanie Ellinger threw a complete game, allowing an earned run and striking out 10 in the first game of the doubleheader for Athens (2-4). Samantha Stosiak was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple for Athens.
Warren Woods Tower 12, Madison Heights Lamphere 11: Holly Cooper was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs, Tori Iannucci 3-for-4 and Courtney Zebrowski 2-for-4 for Tower (5-1, 3-0 MAC Gold). Jaclyn D’Arca hit a 3-run home run in the top of the seventh for Lamphere.
Al Willman is a freelance writer