It’s hard to imagine that defeating defending state champion Madison Heights Bishop Foley 2-1 was the second brightest part of Detroit Country Day baseball coach Steve Lepkowski’s Thursday afternoon.
In first place: the weather.
“I guess as a coaching staff you look at playing a team like that and you know it’s going to be a good game,” Lepkowski said. “I think the best thing about it, it was a sunny day.”
Others might argue that the best part was what he got out of his starting pitcher, Aaron Dolney — and they wouldn’t be wrong, either. In five innings, the unofficial DCD ace let up just two hits and no earned runs.
“I would put him at the top end of our pitchers,” Lepkowski said of his junior starter. “It’s early, he’s on a pitch count. He could have gone the whole game. … come May and June, we’re going to extend our kids and let them go deep.”
Still, the necessity of keeping his pitchers fresh to start the season has yielded pleasant results. Junior Mason Kolean gave up just one unearned run to Bishop Foley (4-5) in two innings.
“It’s just something we do, and I think it’s healthy for us,” Lepkowski said. “We’ll naturally find what lineup is going to be good for us but I think we’ve got a little depth in pitching this year, so that makes it easier.”
A great defense makes things easier, too.
With a 2-0 lead going into the fifth inning thanks to runs in the first and third, Dolney fielded a bunt with a Bishop Foley runner heading toward third. Not noticing first baseman John Malcolm had come in from his position, Dolney turned and fired toward first, potentially leaving the door wide-open for the runner to take home safely. But second baseman Anthony Toma had gotten over to cover his fellow infielder and call time out.
“That was a big moment for us,” Lepkowski said. “I thought our kids were in tune and made the right play.”
Two batters later, freshman catcher Anthony Migliaccio picked off the runner at third to get DCD out of the inning unscathed.
On offense, Migliaccio and Dolney doubled and Jon Campbell went 1-for-3 with an RBI for DCD.
“By and large, we put a ton of stress on their pitcher,” Lepkowski said. “At the plate, at moments when they struggled, they kept coming back and played a complete game. I was happy with that.”
Grosse Pointe South 8, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 6: Giovanni Lutsy, Cam Shook and Jacob Hinkle each picked up two RBIs and Anthony Dermanulian drove in the winning run for South (8-0, 2-0 MAC Red). Jacob Rybicki went 4-for-4 for Chippewa Valley (2-3, 0-2 MAC Red).
Belleville 13, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 3 (5 inn.)
Riverview Gabriel Richard 3, Dearborn Divine Child 2