Freshman pitcher Chad Lorkowski tossed seven strong innings Monday, pushing his scoreless-innings streak to 25 as he led Grosse Pointe North to a 3-0 baseball win over Macomb Area Conference White division rival Warren Cousino.
Lorkowski struck out 10 while surrendering just four hits.
Senior Tristin Richardson doubled in the fifth inning, scoring Alex Kracht for the game’s first run after Cousino pitcher Zachary Kitka dueled with Lorkowski through four scoreless innings.
Kracht (4-for-4) added an RBI double in the sixth inning as North (10-4, 5-2) added an insurance run off Kitka and took the first game of a three-game series between the top two teams in the MAC White.
“It’s a big series for us,” North coach Frank Sumbera said. “It’s nice to win the first game. We have to come back and try to validate it tomorrow.”
Lorkowski started the season in the North bullpen, making three appearances and picking up a win in relief, biding his time until the chance to make his first varsity start finally came after a sore arm kept Richardson from making an April start. Since then, Lorkowski (4-0) has soared through three starts, tossing three consecutive shutouts in division play.
“He was in great command of his pitches,” Sumbera said. “He only fell behind guys a couple of times and was able to keep them off-balance. We were real impressed.”
Standing at 6-foot-4, Lorkowski is two inches taller than the 12-year-old version of himself that led Grosse Pointe Woods to the Little League World Series in 2013. Back then, he weighed in at 200 pounds.
“He’s definitely thinned out,” Sumbera said. “He’s maturing and doing a really fine job for us as a freshman.”
North will play first-place Cousino (11-6, 6-1) again on Tuesday and Wednesday with first place in the division on the line.
Birmingham Groves 5-7, West Bloomfield 4-1: In Game 1, Chaise Ford had both RBIs as Groves scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to walk off with the win. In Game 2, Andrew Martin pitched a complete game, surrendering just two hits while going 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI for Groves (14-4, 6-2 OAA White).
Detroit Country Day 8, Milan 6: Jeremiah Tyler went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Mike MacLean went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs, and Steve Mann went 1-for-2 with a three-run double for Country Day (13-3).
Farmington 2-10 Birmingham Seaholm 0-1: In Game 1, Stephen Satterfield pitched a complete game, surrendering just two hits, while Matt Lane went 3-for-3 with a run scored for Farmington (15-4, 7-1 OAA White). In Game 2, Alex Manasa went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI for Farmington.
Grosse Pointe South 11, Utica Eisenhower 1 (6 inn.): Jack Maher, Alex Parthum, Alex Martinez and Rob Martinez (two-run home run) each had two RBIs, and David Toth (5 IP, 7 K) picked up the victory for South (9-8, 4-3 MAC Red).
Detroit Osborn 20, Detroit CMA 4: Tatyanna Croff went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs, and Rekia Tate went 4-for-4 with two RBIs for Osborn.
Marine City Anchor Bay 4, Grosse Pointe South 2: Casey Couturier had three goals and Sammy Sieg had one for Anchor Bay (7-2-3). Kayla Conlan and Callie Zingas scored for South (0-6-4).
Geoff Robinson is a freelance writer; News staff contributed