Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood used a six-run third inning to knock off Class B’s top-ranked team, Detroit Country Day, 11-3, on Tuesday.
Tristan Knoer’s only hit, a three-run opposite-field double that made it 7-0, helped provide more than enough run support for starter Kyle Rechter.
“We had a great approach in the third inning,” Cranbrook coach Andy Fairman said. “We tried to work through the middle. We tried to take what they gave us.”
Rechter went 6 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits, while striking out five and walking seven.
“He did a great job mixing his pitches up,” Fairman said. “Country Day has a very powerful and very good lineup as the No. 1 team in Class B. I thought Kyle did a great job. He walked a few, but he didn’t really give in to any of their hitters.”
Max Musyj was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, while Josh Yellen and Griffin Levine were each 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Cranbrook (11-16).
“We hit the ball pretty well,” Fairman said. “We got some timely hits.”
John Malcom was 1-for-2 with a 2-run home run in the fifth inning, while Nick Neibauer was 2-for-2 with an RBI in the seventh for Country Day (22-8).
Cranbrook hosts Rochester Adams on Thursday, before a June 3 rematch against Country Day in district play.
Birmingham Groves 10, Troy 5: Zavier Warren and Max Novick each had a 2-run home run and Chaise Ford was 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs, while Ryan Laub threw five innings in relief, allowing an unearned run on two hits and striking out two for Groves (29-5). Josh Corsello was 1-for-3 with a 2-run double for Troy (18-16).
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 10-10, Auburn Hills Oakland Christian 0-0: Will Morrison threw a complete-game two-hitter, with 10 strikeouts and a walk, while Anthony George was 2-for-2 with a single, double and four RBIs in Game 1 for Liggett. Tyler Daar threw a complete-game one-hitter with five strikeouts and a walk, while George was 3-for-4 with four more RBIs in Game 2 for Liggett (26-2, 12-0 MIAC Blue), which won the MIAC Blue Division. Oakland Christian is 18-8, 8-4.
Birmingham Groves 156, North Farmington 171: Jack Walt shot a one-over 36 to lead Groves (5-1, 3-1 OAA White). Brett Dudeck had a 4-over 39, Jack Moosekian 5-over 40 and Nathan Brink shot 6-over 41. Jackson Tellerico had a 1-over 36, while Jack Johnson, Justin Walsh each Josh Spencer shot a 9-over 45 for North Farmington.
Al Willman is a freelance writer.