After losing its first four games of the season by a combined score of 60-7, the Melvindale ABT baseball team has ripped off 17 consecutive victories after a 15-4, six-inning win Thursday night over Ecorse.
Cameron Pope struck out 12 in a complete game for ABT (17-4), and Breyon Lowe and Thomas Chandler led the way at the plate with two hits and two RBIs apiece.
Doug Brown had two hits and an RBI for Ecorse (1-7).
Pope and Zjzjai Smith have been a big part of ABT’s resurgence at the plate this season. Both are toting batting averages above .500 for an offense that has soared in recent weeks.
“We started the season a little slow, but this team’s coming together,” ABT coach Joe Passalacqua said. “The bats have been on fire.”
In last year’s district playoff against West Bloomfield, ABT let a 7-2 lead get away. This year, Passalacqua is determined to keep his kids focused.
“We’ve definitely got our sights set on bigger things this season,” the third-year coach said. “We’re getting ready for district play and we’ve got a good mix of young kids and seniors.”
ABT has seven regular-season games remaining before the postseason begins in early June.
Birmingham Groves 15-8, North Farmington 3-2: In Game 1, John Kowalchuk went 3-for-5 with a double, three RBIs and two runs scored. Chaise Ford pitched two perfect innings in relief, striking out five for Groves (19-6, 8-3 OAA White). In Game 2, Kowalchuk went 2-for-2 with a double, triple, two RBIs and three runs scored. Joe Roberts went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs, and Andre Mailing pitched a complete game for Groves.
Detroit Osborn 13, Detroit CMA 8: Teionta Waters struck out seven and had a double, Curtis Chatfield pitched an inning of shutout relief and Deandre Coleman had two hits and drove in four runs for Osborn (9-0), which advanced to Monday’s Public School League title game at Wayne State.
Grosse Pointe North 5, Warren Mott 3: Sam Cross pitched a complete game, giving up six hits while striking out five and going 1-for-2 at the plate with an RBI for North (17-5, 9-3 MAC White). Eddie Yester went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Mott (3-16, 1-11).
Grosse Pointe South 2, Macomb Dakota 1: Doug Graham scattered six hits and struck out three in a complete game, Will Poplawski went 4-for-4 with an RBI and Jack Maher went 2-for-3 with an RBI for South (13-11, 6-6 MAC Red). Kam Markwardt drove in the run for Dakota (16-7, 7-5).
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 5, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 2: Sean Fannon threw a complete game, giving up three hits and striking out five, and Connor McCarron went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored for Liggett (18-1, 8-0 MIAC Blue). Riley McManus struck out six over four innings for Parkway Christian (10-8, 5-3).
Warren De La Salle 6, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 1: Keegan Kresevich pitched a complete game, giving up three hits and one run while striking out eight, and Bryce Bush went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for De La Salle (13-10, 9-9 Catholic League Central Div.).
Warren Woods Tower 12, Madison Heights Lamphere 0 (6 inn.): Alyssa Agueros went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, Madison Glass went 2-for-2 with an RBI and Hannah Chaffee was the winning pitcher, giving up just one hit and striking out four for Tower (14-10, 6-3 MAC Gold).
Geoff Robinson is a freelance writer; News staff contributed