Monday's prep roundup: Western’s Ambriz throws no-hitter
Senior Detroit Western International pitcher Miguel Ambriz isn’t the most outgoing kid, according to his coach Juan Sanchez.
But on Monday evening, Ambriz was wearing a smile a mile wide as he was embraced by his teammates after tossing his first career no-hitter in a 4-1 win over Detroit Catholic Central.
“He was excited. You could see it on his face,” Sanchez said. “He’s been working really hard for four years. He told me that he’s got some goals this season. I don’t think this was one of them, but he’ll put it on the mantel.”
Ambriz allowed just one Catholic Central runner to reach base when he issued a walk in the fourth inning. A stolen base, a fielder’s choice, and a groundball error allowed the runner to cross the plate and tag an unearned run onto Ambriz’s line.
But Ambriz got a bit of insurance from his teammates in the sixth when sophomore first baseman Emmanuel Clark notched an RBI single that scored a second run on a throwing error, stretching the lead to 4-1.
Sanchez hopes the pitcher he’s seen grow over the last four years is ready to ride the wave of momentum that’s been building over his last three starts.
Ambriz threw a complete game shutout against L’Anse Creuse North two weeks ago, and according to Sanchez, he was dominant in a rain-shortened game last week against Southfield.
“I’m hoping he rides it out the rest of the way,” Sanchez said. “I explained to him that beating Catholic Central is a big deal, let alone beating them in that fashion. It’s exciting.”
Senior catcher Cuevas Gianni had a two-run single in the third inning for Western International (5-4).
Detroit Country Day 5, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 3: Steve Mann was 1-for-2 with a double, Sajjan Desai went 2-for-4, and Andrew Toma (5IP, 2K, 2ER) was the winning pitcher for Country Day (14-1).
Farmington Hills Harrison 3-1 Birmingham Groves 0-3: In the first game, Victor Mencotti threw a complete game shutout with eight strikeouts, while going 1-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs for Harrison (5-7). In the second game, Chaise Ford pitched six innings, giving up one earned run on two hits, and striking out seven. Ford also went 2-for-3 from the plate with a double, an RBI, and a run scored for Groves (7-1, 3-1 OAA White).
Grosse Pointe South 4, New Baltimore Anchor Bay 0: David Toth struck out 12 in a one-hit, complete game effort, and Davis Graham went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for South (6-7, 1-3 MAC Red).
Sterling Heights Stevenson 11, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 0 (6 innings): Garrett Navarra pitched all six innings, striking out 12 and surrendering just two hits. Mitchell Shamblin had two hits and two RBIs for Stevenson (12-2, 4-0 MAC Red).
Taylor Trillium 22, Dearborn Heights Star International 0 (3 innings): Ben Wilde had a two-run home, a double and four RBIs, Shanin Rivers had a two-run single, and Nathan Lawrence had three RBIs for Trillium (10-0, 4-0 MMAC).
More baseball scores
Auburn Hills Avondale 8, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 4
Belleville 4, Dearborn Edsel Ford 1
Berkley 2, Troy Athens 1
Hartland 2, Walled Lake Western 1
Milford 12, Waterford Mott 2
Plymouth Christian 12, Southfield Christian 2
Redford Union 7, Dearborn 5
Waterford Lakes 7, Plymouth Christian 6
Detroit East English 22, Detroit Pershing 2 (4 innings): Krishay Avant struck out 10, and Angela Jones hit a solo home run for East English (4-3).
Detroit Renaissance 12, Detroit Cass Tech 0 (6 innings): Kayla Brown was the winning pitcher, striking out 11 and surrendering just one hit over six innings for Renaissance.
Macomb Dakota 7, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 4: Kendahl Dunford pitched four scoreless innings with four strikeouts, and Jackie Popko went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for Dakota (7-1). Mandy Lilla picked up three hits for Stoney Creek.
Dearborn 21, Redford Union 3 (5 innings)
Madison Heights Lamphere 6, Sterling Heights 5
Southfield Christian 6, Birmingham Marian 1
Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 8, Birmingham Roeper 0
Detroit Country Day 3, Royal Oak 1
Farmington 2, Dearborn 0
Ferndale 6, Redford Union 1
Hazel Park 8, Pontiac 0
St Clair 3, Warren Woods Tower 0
Warren Mott 4, Warren Cousino 1
Geoff Robinson is a freelance writer