Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett star pitcher Jackson Walkowiak gave up a first-inning run but no more to cruise to a 6-1 victory over Lutheran Westland on Wednesday.
Walkowiak, a senior, pitched five innings in the win, allowing only four hits and striking out four.
“After giving up the run, he (Walkowiak) settled down and pitched great the rest of the day,” Liggett coach Dan Cimini said. “He threw strikes and had his curveball working, and we played really good defense behind him.”
Pitching and defense have been the calling card for Liggett (15-0). Of its 15 wins, 10 have come via shutout.
According to Cimini, the pressure of an udefeated season isn’t getting to the kids.
“They’re just taking it game by game. The kids are very confident and just going about their business,” Cimini said.
Sophomore Billy Kopicki went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs, and junior Tyler Daar pitched the last two innings without surrendering a run.
Liggett will look to remain undefeated when it faces Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Birmingham Groves 10, West Bloomfield 0: Chaise Ford pitched a complete game, one-hit shutout with two walks and four strikeouts and hit two doubles, Andrew Martin went 3-for-3 with two doubles, Michael Pastoria went 3-for-3 with a double, Connor Bradbury went 2-for-3 with a double, and George Cutler went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run for Groves (16-2, 7-1 OAA White).
Detroit Country Day 7, Pontiac Notre Dame 5: John Malcom had a double and two stolen bases, Parker Pilat went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI, and Anthony Toma had an RBI single for Country Day (16-2).
Southfield A&T 9, Troy Athens 5: Danny Little and George Osborne each went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for A&T (5-10). Joey Stark had a hit and two RBIs, and Austin Saltzbach pitched four innings, allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts and one walk for Athens.
Sterling Heights Stevenson 5, Utica Eisenhower 2: Luke McGuire pitched seven innings, allowing one earned run and seven hits while striking out three, Stave Tamburro went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs, and Luke McGuire had two hits for Stevenson (17-3, 8-0 MAC Red). Jacob Raymond went 3-for-4 for Eisenhower (15-3, 6-2).
Warren De La Salle 10, Detroit Catholic Central 0 (5 inn.): In Game 1, Kyle Jones pitched five innings and allowed one hit with eight strikeouts, and Jake Badalamenti went 2-for-2 with a triple and four RBIs for De La Salle (16-8, 12-6 Catholic League Central). Detroit Catholic Central is 8-11-1, 8-9-1.
Warren De La Salle 9, Detroit Catholic Central 2: In Game 2, Nino Puckett pitched six innings, allowing one hit and no runs with 13 strikeouts, and Bryce Bush went 2-for-2 with two home runs and four RBIs for De La Salle.
Berkley 155, Oxford 164: At Devil's Ridge, Jake Radom shot a 34, Zach Heroux 40, Mike Mercier 40 and Justin Flood 41 for Berkley (7-0, 4-0 OAA White).
Birmingham Groves 164, Troy Athens 171: At Lincoln Hills, Brett Dudeck shot a 39, Colin Christie 40, Jack Moosekian 42 and Jack Walt 43 for Groves (3-1, 2-1 OAA White).
Girls track and field
Waterford Mott 71, Walled Lake Northern 66: Katie Osika won the 400 and 200 meters and was on the winning 3200 and 1600 meter relay teams, and Lexi Munley won the 1600 and 800 meters for Mott (3-0, 3-0 KLAA North). Anna Bauer won the 100 meters and was on the winning 800 meter relay team, and Sam Solak won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles for Northern (2-2, 2-2).
Boys track and field
Walled Lake Northern 87, Waterford Mott 50: Paul Forhan won the shot put and discus, and Dylan Moser won the 300-meter hurdles and 200 meters and was second in the 110-meter hurdles for Northern (3-1, 3-1 KLAA North). Noah Fuerst won the 400 and 800 meters and was on the winning 3200 meter relay team for Mott (1-2, 1-2).
Detroit Community 24, Hamtramck 5: Casaundra McGinnis pitched four innings with five strikeouts and went 4-for-5 with six runs, Alana Jackson went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, and Mia Warren had three doubles and four stolen bases for Community (3-2, 2-2 MMAC).
Other Wednesday scores
Adrian 5, Dexter 3
Allen Park 3, Brownstown Woodhaven 2
Belleville 10, Dearborn 3
Brighton 5, Milford 3 (9 inn.)
Clarkston 8, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 3
Plymouth Salem 3, Novi 1
St. Clair Shores Lakeview 6, Fraser 3
Troy 10, Berkley 1
Allen Park 12, Brownstown Woodhaven 3
Dearborn 9, Belleville 5
Waterford Lakes 8-3, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 1-5
Milford 10-2, Brighton 4-13
St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 2, Marine City 1
Walled Lake Western 8, Waterford Mott 2
Waterford Lakes 8, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 1
White Lake Lakeland 9, Waterford Kettering 0
Birmingham Brother Rice 156, Lake Orion 157
Dearborn 172, Dearborn Fordson 251
Royal Oak 191, Southfield 261
Royal Oak Shrine 184, Waterford Lakes 218
Girls track and field
Birmingham Groves 78, Farmington Hills Harrison 46
Birmingham Seaholm 93, North Farmington 39
Troy Athens 83, Pontiac 45
Boys track and field
Birmingham Groves 66, Farmington Hills Harrison 62
Royal Oak 101, Hazel Park 23
Troy Athens 107, Pontiac 20
Dearborn 11, Romulus 0
New Boston Huron 8, Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central 0
Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer.