For Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, Game 2 of its baseball doubleheader against Macomb Lutheran North was a stark contrast to the opener.
After dropping the first game, 5-0, Notre Dame won the second, 3-2, on a walk-off passed ball.
“It was a good win,” Notre Dame coach Darren Audia said. “We sure needed it.”
Down 2-1 going to the bottom of the seventh, Brian Blakesley walked to start the rally for Notre Dame (7-10, 5-9 Catholic League). Andrew Carpenter then singled, advancing Blakesley to third. Carpenter stole second, and two batters later, Ryan Knutson singled in Blakesley to tie the game at 2-2. The passed ball scored Carpenter to win the game.
Knutson finished the game 3-for-3 with a walk.
“This is a kid who played for us last year as a freshman,” Audia said of the sophomore catcher. “He just grew up last year. It’s like having a sophomore out there who’s a senior. I’m very proud of him.”
Knutson’s battery-mate, freshman Jack Krausmann, earned the win in Game 2.
He went the distance, allowing a pair of unearned runs on six hits while striking out eight and walking two.
“What I like about Jack is that nothing seems to faze him,” Audia said. “He’s a freshman, but he acts like he’s been doing this a very long time. He never looks like the pressure is getting to him.”
Jack Hilt tossed a one-hitter in the opener for Lutheran North (10-5, 9-5). He struck out 11 and walked five.
Grosse Pointe South 13, Harrison Township L’anse Creuse North 2 (5 inn.): Alex Parthum was 2-for-2 with four RBIs and Logan Mico went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for South (8-6, 3-3 MAC Red).
Detroit Renaissance 17, Cass Tech 2 (4 inn.): Brianne Hill was 3-for-3 with two triples and five RBIs and Terri England was 3-for-4 with five RBIs for Renaissance (12-1). Nijah Slaughter allowed two hits and the two runs while striking out eight.
Grosse Pointe South 17, Fraser 8: Lauren Sancya went 4-for-5, including a home run, and drove in five runs, and Grace Foster was 5-for-5 with three RBIs for South (5-7, 1-4 MAC Blue). Fraser is 8-5, 2-3.
Al Willman is a freelance writer