It’s not often a baseball teams wins a game-and-a-half.
After bad baseball weather in April, many area teams found themselves making up games or parts of games Friday, like Novi, which defeated Grand Blanc 18-13, in a game that was halted back on April 11 and picked up on Friday in the fourth inning.
At the conclusion of that game, players retook the field and Novi (11-13-1 8-8 KLAA) won again, this time 7-6, earning the sweep on the day.
In Game 1, junior middle infielder Drew O’Connor went 3-for-4 with two runs, five RBIs, a walk and a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning.
“He was very discipled at the plate,” Novi coach Rick Green said. “Today he waited for his pitches, and seeing a lot of pitches helped with his timing.”
Junior second baseman Aidan Rosinski went 3-for-4 with four runs, an RBI and a walk for Novi.
The second game included some late heroics from senior right fielder Kyle Klosterman, who made a diving catch in foul territory to end the game with a Grand Blanc runner on first, cutting a rally short. Earlier in the game Klosterman made another impressive catch in foul territory, this one much deeper.
“We played really good defense considering the wind,” Green said. “I was happy to see us run down those fly balls. I didn’t think he (Klosterman) had a chance to get to the deep one, but he came up with it. Defense and throwing strikes added up to a couple wins for us today.”
Birmingham Groves 3-6, Rochester Stoney Creek 1-5 (9 innings): In Game 1, Connor Bradbury and Nick Ringler each went 2-for-3 while Matt Bachand retired two batters with the bases loaded to earn the save. In the nightcap, Bradbury drove in Evan Gilman with the winning run while Roger Motley had two RBIs and a triple for Groves (12-6). Isaac McKay went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Stoney Creek.
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 3-10, Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood 2 (10 innings)-5: In Game 1, Logan King hit a game-winning single in the bottom of the 10th, Noah Miller went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two runs, and Alec Azar pitched a five-hit complete game with 16 strikeouts for Liggett (16-2, 12-0 Catholic AA). In Game 2, Miller went 3-for-3 with a triple and three RBIs, and King went 3-for-4 with a double, two triples and three RBIs for Liggett. Josh Yellen hit three home runs for Cranbrook.
Macomb L’Anse Creuse North 14, Warren Cousino 2: Brendan Oprinski pitched a complete game with eight strikeouts allowing one earned run, Chazz Knoche went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs, T.J. Milavec had two hits with a double and two RBIs, Dane Martin went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI double, Justin Klebba went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Bryan Vandelinder had a two-run home run and four runs for North (7-9, 6-3 MAC White). Darren Hudson hit a double and single for Cousino (2-13, 1-8 MAC White).
Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer.