Saturday's prep roundup: Liggett wins diamond invitational
Pitcher Alec Azar had a hand in both Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett’s victories Saturday while winning the Liggett Invitational.
The sophomore struck out two in two hitless innings of relief while earning the win in a 3-2 nine-inning triumph over No. 2-ranked Schoolcraft. Noah Miller’s bases-loaded single won the game in the bottom of the ninth.
Azar pitched a two-hit complete game shutout in Liggett’s 5-0 victory over Madison Heights Bishop Foley. He struck out three in seven innings.
“He was hitting his spots,” Liggett coach Daniel Cimini said. “He was really moving the ball around.”
The 6-foot-3 right-hander, who throws a fastball, slider, curve and change-up, was backed up by solid defense as evidenced by only needing to throw 30 pitches through the first four innings.
In the win over Schoolcraft, William Morrison went 2-for-3 while Miller was 3-for-4 with two RBIs, including the game-winning hit.
Birmingham Groves 5-10, Portage Central 4-6: Michael Pastoria slammed a three-run home run in the second while Harrison Cole and John Kowalchuk had back-to-back homers in the fifth inning in Game 1. Connor Bradbury went 2-for-3 and Andrew Martin gave up three earned runs for the win. In Game 2, Matt Bachand, Chaise Ford, George Cutler and Cole each had two RBIs while Ryan Laub earned the win in relief for Groves (24-3).
Grosse Pointe South 2, Livonia Franklin 1: Nate Budziak three s six-inning one-hitter.
Grosse Pointe South 6, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 1: Brad Thompson had a three-run double.
Grosse Pointe South 5, Detroit Western 4: Alex Martinez's two-run double was the difference for South (14-14).