Senior pitcher Rob Martinez pitched a complete game while allowing only one earned run to propel Grosse Pointe South to a 4-3 victory at Utica Eisenhower on Wednesday afternoon.
Martinez battled through all seven innings by inducing several pop-ups and grounders. He only struck out one batter and walked four, but South coach Dan Griesbaum was pleased with his effort.
“Overall we played very well, especially the pitching. Rob kept them off balance all day,” Griesbaum said.
The score was tied, 3-3, in the top of the fifth when junior second baseman Jacob Hinkle lined a single to right field, scoring the winning run for South. Hinkle had two hits on the day.
Senior left fielder Jack Froelich hit 1-for-3 for South (15-15, 6-8 MAC Red).
A swirling wind provided a challenge for defenders on both teams.
“A few pop-ups and fly balls were adventures for fielders trying to fight the wind,” Griesbaum said.
The win avenged South’s 5-4 loss to Eisenhower (20-6, 10-4) in extra innings on Monday.
“We’ve lost so many one-run games this year, so it’s nice to finally win one,” Griesbaum said.
Pre-districts start on May 30, and Griesbaum has identified one crucial factor in his team going far.
“We need to get healthy, and I think we will be by the time playoffs start. We’ve had so many games where we’ve had multiple starters out.”
Birmingham Groves 9, Birmingham Seaholm 6: Chaise Ford hit a solo home run, George Cutler had two walks and a three-run triple and Max Novick went 2-for-3 with four RBIs for Groves (28-3, 13-1). Liam Neel was 2-for-4 for Seaholm (17-10, 10-4).
New Baltimore Anchor Bay 3, Sterling Heights Stevenson 0: Bri Rumps, Kayla Polisano and Carlie Barone scored and Ally Gaunt recorded her eleventh shutout for Anchor Bay (13-1-3).
Other Wednesday scores
Dearborn 8, Redford Union 0
Garden City 3, Dearborn Edsel Ford 0
Grosse Ile 1, New Boston Huron 0
Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 4, Grosse Pointe North 1
Roseville 3, Center Line 2
Royal Oak Shrine 3, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 2
Warren Fitzgerald 9, Madison Heights Madison 0
Warren Mott 5, Warren Cousino 2
West Bloomfield 3, Clawson 1
Brownstown Woodhaven 12, Lincoln Park 3
Chelsea 8-9, Saline 4-8
Dearborn Edsel Ford 1, Dearborn 0 (9 inn.)
Dexter 6-0, Ann Arbor Skyline 5-21
Farmington Hills Mercy 6, Dearborn Divine Child 2
New Haven 19, Sterling Heights 16
Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 9-8, Rochester 3-2
St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 11, Warren Mott 1
Temperance Bedford 16, Adrian 0
Waterford Lakes 4, Madison Heights Bishop Foley 3
White Lake Lakeland 7, Northville 4
Wixom St. Catherine 15, Royal Oak Shrine 1
Berkley 3, Bloomfield Hills 2
Dearborn 5, Dearborn Edsel Ford 4
Dexter 10, Ypsilanti Lincoln 7
Ecorse 7, Taylor Trillium 5
Hartland 11, Livonia Franklin 1
Lake Orion 10, Rochester Hills Stoney Creek 0 (5 inn.)
Lincoln Park 3, Brownstown Woodhaven 2
Marine City 16, St. Clair Shores Lakeview 8
Novi 9, Grand Blanc 0
Rochester 13-2, Rochester Adams 5-1
Saline 15, Ann Arbor Skyline 3
Sterling Heights 16, Clawson 1
Tecumseh 9, Adrian 4
Troy 3, Pontiac Notre Dame 0
St. Clair Shores Lakeview 183, Warren Cousino 196
Madison Heights Bishop Foley 17, Whitmore Lake 1
Riverview Gabriel Richard 9, Grosse Ile 2
Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer.