Birmingham Groves’ baseball team has been through the gauntlet the last two weeks.
Tuesday’s 9-6 win at home over Southfield A&T marked the seventh game in four days for Groves.
Max Whalen got the win for Groves (15-2, 6-1 OAA White). He went four innings, giving up three runs on three hits, while striking out three and walking two.
Evan Gilman was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Nate Higley was 2-for-3 and Harrison Cole was 1-for-2 with a double and two walks for Groves, which led the entire game.
Groves scored twice in the first and five times in the third, before scoring twice in the sixth.
A&T answered with three in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the seventh.
“They just wouldn’t go away,” Groves coach Shawn Morrison said.
In the top of the second, A&T turned a triple play.
John Kowalchuk hit a fly ball to left, Higley tagged from second to third but was caught in a rundown. On appeal, Matt Bachand left third base too early and was called out.
“You think you’ve seen it all,” Morrison said.
Groves was 5-1 in the six games leading to Tuesday.
The school beat LaSalle St. Thomas of Villanova 15-0 on Friday, before splitting single games against Walled Lake Northern (10-9) and White Lake Lakeland (14-2) on Saturday. Groves beat Berkley 13-1 on Sunday at the University of Michigan, before sweeping a doubleheader at West Bloomfield, 17-0 and 11-1 on Monday.
Groves hosts West Bloomfield on Wednesday to wrap up eight games in five days.
“This is a perfect kind of (way of) getting the guys through some adversity and getting them to battle hard,” Morrison said. “If we do have a chance to do something in the playoffs, we’ve shown that we have pitching depth and that we can work through some tough circumstances.”
Daniel Little was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, George Osbourne was 2-for-4 with two RBIs for A&T.
Detroit Central 18, Detroit Delta Prep 3: Aireonte Washington threw a complete-game, allowing three runs — two earned — on two hits while striking out five and walking two, while Phillip Whittington was 2-for-2 and had four RBIs and Julian Chaives was 1-for-2 and scored three times for Central (5-1). Delta Prep is 0-5.
Detroit Osborn 17-5, Detroit Pershing 0-0: Isaiah Watts threw a no-hitter, with seven strikeouts, allowing a walk in the top of the fourth inning of Game 1. Teionta Waters went 3-for-4 with two triples, three RBIs and two steals. LaMont Murray threw a complete game one-hitter in Game 2, striking out four for Osborn (6-1).
Grosse Pointe South 7, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 0: David Toth went six innings, scattering three hits while striking out 11 and walking two in his fourth win for South (9-9, 3-4 MAC Red). Nathan Budziak (2-for-4) and Brad Thompson (1-for-3) each had two RBIs for South.
Grosse Pointe University Liggett 11, Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 1 (5 innings): Billy Kopicki was 2-for-2 with a double and a 3-run home run, while Connor McCarron threw three innings, giving up no runs on two hits while striking out five and walking one for Liggett (14-0, 7-0 MIAC Blue). Lutheran Northwest is 6-4, 1-2.
Al Willman is a freelance writer