Playing in just his fifth high school game, Detroit Henry Ford freshman Jalen Montgomery pitched a complete three-inning game, striking out six to beat visiting Detroit Communication and Media Arts, 17-3.
“Rather strong,” Henry Ford coach Curtis Rogers said of Montgomery’s performance Friday afternoon. “He pitched very well and stayed in control of his pitches.”
Although this is his first season at the high school level, Montgomery has become one of the more reliable players on Henry Ford’s roster. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate with two singles and a double, even though his team batted just two innings.
Henry Ford scored nine runs in the bottom of the first and tacked on eight in the second.
Montgomery didn’t take the big early lead for granted. He pitched like he always does, taking the game one batter at a time and not letting pressure get to him.
“Jalen’s success is something I expect,” Rogers said. “He’s getting stronger and stronger as the days go by. Jalen has pitched a couple of games already. Pressure doesn’t bother him at all.”
Kalif Patrick was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs in his first career game for Henry Ford (4-1).
All three of CMA’s runs were scored on errors by Henry Ford, something Rogers hopes his team can correct moving forward.
“We still need to work on defense,” Rogers said. “We need to work on tightening up on defense and avoiding those errors.”
Detroit Cass Tech 4, Detroit King 3 (9 innings): Andre Bell pitched all nine innings, striking out 16 batters, allowing three hits and no earned runs for Cass Tech (7-1).
Detroit Central 15, Detroit Northwestern 6: DeAngelo Bell and Devin Brown teamed up for a three-hitter with 10 total strikeouts while hitting a combined 3-of-5 with five RBIs for Central (4-1). Julian Chavies was also 1-for-2 with two runs scored for Central.
Detroit Osborn 12, Detroit Cody 1: Teionta Waters threw a no-hitter, striking out nine, and went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Anton Brown was 1-for-2 with a double, two stolen bases and three RBIs, Deandre Coleman was 2-for-3 and Juan Thomas finished 2-for-2 and threw out three runners trying to steal from the catcher position for Osborn (5-0).
Farmington 5, North Farmington 1: Dan Carty pitched four innings, struck out five, walked one and gave up an unearned run while going 1-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases, and Alex Manasa pitched a scoreless inning in relief and went 2-for-4 at the plate for Farmington (12-4, 5-1 OAA White).
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 10, Lutheran Westland 0 (5 innings): Tyler Daar pitched a complete game two-hitter with six strikeouts for Liggett (10-1). Connor McCarron was 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs and Will Morrison finished 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored for Liggett.
Melvindale ABT 18, Detroit University Prep 3 (3 innings): Cameron Pope reached base four times, hitting a triple and driving in five runs, and Darrien Geter had two RBIs for ABT (13-4). University Prep is 5-3.
St. Thomas of Villanova (Ontario) 3, Birmingham Groves 2 (8 innings): Zavier Warren was 3-for-4, Brendan Doll had an RBI and Max Whalen, Josh Yunker and Ryan Laub each pitched a scoreless inning for Groves (12-4).
More baseball scores
Clarkston 10, Clarkston Everest Collegiate 4
Detroit Denby 17, Detroit Pershing 3
Clawson 17, Madison Heights Madison 1 (5 innings): Maddie Sparks pitched a complete game, allowing just two hits and striking out five, Katie Stephenson was 5-for-5 with two runs scored and Ariana Inez was 2-for-4 with five RBIs for Clawson (4-7, 2-4 MAC Silver).
Detroit Cass Tech 17, Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy 4 (5 innings): Brooke Thomas pitched a complete game, striking out 10, and had a double and two triples. Annika Mosley had a double and scored three runs for Cass Tech (7-1, 5-1 PSL).
Girls soccer scores
Dearborn 1, Livonia Churchill 1
Dearborn Advanced Tech 2, River Rouge 1
Grosse Ile 8, Carleton Airport 0
Hazel Park 4, Center Line 0
Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer.