Heading into the bottom of the seventh, Detroit Country Day was looking at a 7-5 deficit. Nick Neibauer came to the plate and delivered a three-run walk-off home run, defeating Canton 8-7.
Country Day coach Steve Lepkowski knew the ball was gone the second it left Neibauer’s bat.
“The first batter walked and Will Krushena came up with a big two-strike hit to put two guys in,” Lepkowski said. “Nick had a long at-bat and worked the count. He laid into it and it was a line drive over the wall.”
Despite the 5-2 lead and strong start by Jeremiah Tyler, Canton (22-10) put up a five-run sixth inning to take the 7-5 lead. Tyler surrendered just two runs in five innings with three strikeouts.
Lepkowski went to his relief pitchers for the final two innings because he wanted to preserve Tyler for the team’s big weekend tournament ahead.
“In any other circumstance, he would have finished the game,” Lepkowski said. “He did a good job of keeping hitters off balance.”
Krushena was 1-for-3, Mike McLean was 1-for-3 with a double and Neibauer was 1-for-3 with the three-run home run for Country Day (24-5).
Although Lepkowski believes his team needs to work on the little details of the game, he’s confident in where they’re at right now.
“I think we’re kind of hitting our stride.”
Country Day will travel to Flint this weekend for the Tournament of Champions. It’ll play both Sterling Heights Stevenson and Flushing on Friday.
Birmingham Groves 6, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 2: Andre Mailing pitched a complete game with eight hits allowed, George Cutler was 2-for-4 with a double, John Kowalchuk was 2-for-4 and Andrew Martin was 2-for-3 for Groves (28-7, 11-3 OAA White). Avery Fields was 3-for-3 and John Angileri was 2-for-3 for Cranbrook.
Grosse Pointe South 5, Clarkston 2: Douglas Graham pitched a complete game with five strikeouts, four hits and two walks, Brad Thompson was 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs and Logan Mico was 2-for-3 for South (16-17).
Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 2, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 0: River Shea pitched a complete game one-hitter with two strikeouts and four walks, Will Gurzick had an RBI and Joey Agro and Brian Blakeslee were both 1-for-2 with a run scored for Notre Dame Prep (12-17). Pierce Banks pitched a complete game with four hits and four strikeouts with an earned run for Parkway Christian.
Warren De La Salle 12, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 9: Bryce Bush was 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs and Mike Karam went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for De La Salle (18-12). Ethan Zaglaniczy was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Chippewa Valley (15-11).
Auburn Hills Avondale 14-10, Oxford 5-0
Belleville 4, Dexter 1
Birmingham Groves 6, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 2
Detroit Catholic Central 10, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 1
Madison Heights Bishop Foley 3, Rochester 1
Southfield Christian 13, Bloomfield Hills Roeper 3 (5 inn.)
Waterford Kettering 11-8, Southfield 1-3
Westland John Glenn 8, Dearborn 7
Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard 10, Wixom St. Catherine’s 7
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 7-1, Rochester 1-11
Southfield Christian 23, Warren Fitzgerald 8 (4 inn.)
St. Clair Shores Lakeview 3, Utica 2
Clawson 1, Marine City 0
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 2, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 1
Oakland Christian 2, Everest Collegiate 0
Wixom St. Catherine's 2, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 0
Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer.