With a tough week coming up, Detroit Central needed a big performance from senior Devin Brown in order to conserve his pitching staff.
Brown did his part for Central (3-1), striking out six while allowing four hits and four runs over four innings in a 12-8 victory over visiting Detroit Denby.
“(Brown) was steady,” Central coach Darryl Allen said. “We needed a top performance out of him today. We have some big games next week. He was able to get out of tough jams. His location was on point and he showed mental toughness.”
Allen also was impressed with DeAngelo Bell. The utility player was 2-for-2 at the plate and scored two of his team’s 12 runs. Bell is used as a pitcher, catcher and shortstop.
“(Bell) is our go-to guy,” Allen said. “He’s a coach on the field. Bell plays multiple positions and he’s a student of the game. He really makes my job easier.”
Donovan Watson was 2-for-2 with two runs scored for Denby (2-2).
Playoff positioning will be the main focal point next week for Central as it takes on Detroit Henry Ford Tuesday and Detroit CMA on Friday.
“We need to improve on the mental aspect of the game,” Allen said. “Cutting down on errors, baserunning needs to improve. We’re a very young team and these kids are very dedicated.”
Birmingham Groves 11, Farmington Hills Harrison 1: Andre Mailing pitched six innings, allowing one run, three hits and four walks while striking out three, and Ryan Laub pitched an inning in relief for Groves (12-3, 4-2 OAA White). Max Zeidman and Bralen Dennis each had a pinch-hit RBI single and Connor Bradbury was 2-for-4 for Groves.
Detroit Country Day 5, Royal Oak Shrine 2: Andrew Toma pitched a complete game, striking out six, walking two and allowing five hits and no earned runs for Country Day (11-3). Aaron Benson was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Will Krushena was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Country Day. Shrine is 9-3.
Detroit Henry Ford 9, Detroit Cody (3 inn.): Javonte Mitchell pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts and went 2-for-3 with an RBI and three stolen bases for Henry Ford (3-1).
Detroit Osborn 14, Detroit Pershing 1: Curtis Chatfield was the winning pitcher, striking out five and allowing one run in four innings for Osborn (5-0). Michael Tobias was 2-for-3 with a home run and two stolen bases, Teionta Waters went 2-for-3 with a triple and Anton Brown was 2-for-3 with a double, two stolen bases and two RBIs for Reniassance.
Detroit Renaissance 10-7, Detroit King 0-1: In Game 1 (six inn.), Daniel Little tossed a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored for Renaissance (6-7, 5-2 PSL). Brian Jackson was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. In Game 2, Malik Abdul pitched seven innings, striking out 12 and allowing five hits for Renaissance. Daniel Little was 2-for-4 with a double and five RBIs and Caleb Nelson was 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored.
Melvindale ABT 10-12, Detroit Henry Ford Academy 0-5: In Game 1 (five inn.), Thomas Chandler went the distance, allowing one hit and striking out 12, and Cameron Pope was 2-for-3 with two RBIs for ABT (12-4, 8-0 MMAC). In Game 2, Chandler was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Isaac Brooks was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Henry Ford is 1-5, 1-5.
Novi 3-6, Livonia Stevenson 2-3: In Game 1, Jack Colliau pitched a complete game, allowing two earned runs and striking out one, and Alec Bageris was 1-for-3 with two RBIs for Novi (11-9, 6-4 KLAA Central). Cam Czapski earned the victory, allowing two hits and no runs over 42/3 innings. Joey Carn and Connor Hood each had two hits. Chris Tanderys went 6-for-7 in the doubleheader for Stevenson (6-9, 3-6).
Detroit Osborn 22, Detroit Westside Academy 7 (3 inn.): Samantha Smith was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Zhana Adams was the winning pitcher, striking out five for Osborn (3-1).
Detroit Renaissance 17, Detroit Henry Ford 0 (3 inn.): Kayla Brown struck out five and gave up no hits while going 3-for-3 with a home run for Renaissance (11-1). Brianne Hill and Desha Anderson were both 3-for-3.
Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer; News staff contributed