Tuesday’s prep roundup: Berkley garners golf win
Junior Jake Radom’s two-over 38 paced Berkley’s boys golf team on Tuesday in its 165-186 win over Farmington in the first nine-hole OAA match for both teams at the Detroit Golf Club’s North course.
Berkley coach Scott Baltes said he was happy with Radom, who is a verbal commit to Arizona State.
“We have one of the better players in the state,” Baltes said. “He’s definitely one of the more talented kids on my team. I look forward to big things this year. He thought he played terrible. He’s one of those guys who can shoot under par at any tournament, at any match. Jake was one stroke from makng it to states last year. Hopefully he’s on the verge of big things this year.
“He’s always there to help the other guys. He’s definitely a leader. He’s one of those special kids. I’ve been coaching for 16 years and I’ve never seen a guy who hits a ball like he does. He’s definitely not one I have to coach.”
Senior Justin Flood was behind Radom on the leaderboard, with a three-over, 39.
“This was definitely a great start for him,” Baltes said. “If he can be consistent, I think that will give us another player on the team that will solidify what we’re trying to do.”
He said hopefully the work of Berkley’s four returners, Radom, Flood, junior Joey Wolberg and senior Mike Mercier (did not play), will take the team past regionals, where it finished 12th in its Division 1 regional.
“It’s more of a team (effort),” Baltes said. “(Birmingham) Seaholm was the winner of our division last year and they moved up. We finished right at the top last year, so I’m hoping we’re the team that everyone is looking at.”
He said Berkley (2-0, 1-0 OAA White) caught a break this year. All six of its matches are at home, on the club’s more challenging North course. Usually, Berkley plays on the South course, but construction this year forced play to the other side.
“I don’t know how that worked out, but it did,” Baltes said. “I’m not complaining. It’s a lot tougher of a course. Longer, faster greens, pure bunkers. It’s definitely going to be a test. The shape of the course is by far better than most.”
Wolburg finished with a four-over, 42, while Zach Heroux rounded out the top four for Berkley with a 10-over, 46.
Berkley takes on Birmingham Groves on Thursday, weather permitting. The forecast, as of Tuesday night, called for a 90 percent chance of rain and widespread thunderstorms.
Jackson Pellerico had a six-over, 42 to lead Farmington (1-1, 0-1). Jack Johnson shot a nine-over, 45, Carter Wells had a 13-over, 49 and Justin Walsh a 14-over, 50.
Detroit Country Day 9, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 8: Steve Mann was 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and Jon Campbell was 2-for-2 with an RBI, to go with a perfect seventh inning to pick up his first save of the season for Country Day (10-1).
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 11, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 0: Logan King threw a complete-game three-hitter with 11 strikeouts for Liggett (8-0, 3-0 MIAC Blue). Anthony George was 3-for-3 and Connor McCarron was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Parkway Christian is 0-3, 0-1.
Macomb Lutheran North 6-1, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 1-6: Christian Burkheiser threw a complete game, allowing a run on six hits while striking out six, while Kyle Rechter was 1-for-3 with an RBI for Lutheran North in Game 1. Tristian Knoer threw a complete game, allowing a run on six hits while striking out five in Game 2 for Cranbrook (2-5).
Al Willman is a freelance writer