After Madison Heights Lamphere went ahead 9-0 in the fifth inning of the middle game of its three-game series against St. Clair Shores Lakeview, it looked like the game was out of hand.
Lakeview scored four times in the seventh inning and had the bases loaded with two outs, but Lamphere held on for the 9-4 win.
“One of the things we talk about is you’re not out of it until the last out,” Lamphere coach Adam Wooley said. “Lakeview took that and turned it on its head. They were one swing away from tying it up.”
Steve Selleck’s 2-run homer put Lakeview on the board in the top of the seventh. After a walk and a passed ball made it 9-4, and reliever Hilton Yopp walked the bases loaded, Brendan Heigl was called on to get the last out, preserving win for Lamphere.
Alex Peace got the start for Lamphere (5-5, 2-0 MAC Gold). He went five innings, giving up one run on five hits while striking out eight and walking two.
“He had great stuff today,” Wooley said. “The biggest thing about Alex is that if I wanted him to throw 200 pitches, he’d do it.”
Peace helped his cause offensively, too. He was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
T.J. Newby was 3-for-3 with a pair of steals and Yopp was 2-for-2 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Wooley said the key for Lamphere was getting to Lakeview starter — and Wayne State commit — Hunter Brown. Brown was chased after three innings, giving up three runs on four hits while walking five and striking out three.
“He had really good stuff,” Wooley said. “We knew we were going to have to work him deep into counts.”
With runners on the corners in the bottom of the first, Newby swiped second, while Jacob Thomas scored the game’s first run for Lamphere on the double steal.
“It was your typical high school first and third situation,” Wooley said.
Lamphere extended its lead in the bottom of the third.
Thomas and Newby walked, and Yopp singled to load the bases. Peace’s double off the wall in left scored two, putting Lamphere up 3-0.
Lamphere scored two in the fourth and four in the fifth to take a 9-0 lead.
Lakeview is (6-8, 0-2).
Birmingham Groves 10, Ortonville Brandon 6: Joe Roberts was 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs, Leo Dudas 2-for-3 and Doug Roche 2-for-4 for Groves (6-2, 1-1 OAA White).
Detroit Country Day 12, Detroit Western 5: Devin Beach went 3-for-3 with a double, five stolen bases and three runs, Mike MacLean went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, Steve Mann had two doubles and four RBIs, and Andrew Toma gave up three earned runs and struck out two in five innings for Country Day (9-2).
Garden City 7, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 0: Tyler Kelly pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out 12 for Garden City (5-2, 1-0 WWAC Blue). Avery Emerson was 2-for-2 with an RBI and three steals. Jassen Matuszak was 2-for-3 with two steals and Dakota Mahkametass was 1-for-2. Annapolis is 5-2, 0-1.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 13, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 1 (5 innings): Matt Gushee was 3-for-3 with a home run, while Will Morrison and Sean Fannon hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning for Liggett (6-0, 4-0 MIAC Blue). Lutheran Northwest is 3-4, 0-2.
Melvindale ABT 11, Hamtramck 5: Austin Laforet was 2-for-4 with three RBIs for ABT (7-4, 5-0 Michigan Metro). Cameron Pope and Clemente Reinoso each had three hits and an RBI. Thomas Chandler pitched a complete-game with 12 strikeouts. Hamtramck is 4-2, 2-1.
Dearborn 166, Dearborn Heights Annapolis 199: Jimmy Monteith shot a 3-over 39 to lead Dearborn (1-0, 1-0 WWAC). Jack Kearns shot a 5-over 41. Jawuan Banks had a 5-over 41 for Annapolis (0-1, 0-1).
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 1, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 1: Alex Wayne scored for Anchor Bay (5-1-3). Madde Medalla scored for Chippewa Valley.
Al Willman is a freelance writer; News staff contributed.