When senior Dearborn pitcher Donovan Richardson separated his collarbone during wrestling season, Dearborn baseball coach Eric Jenks thought he had lost a key member of his rotation.
“He (Richardson) tore a bunch of ligaments and just had surgery in January,” Jenks said. “I didn’t think we were going to have him this year.”
On Friday, Richardson proved those doubts wrong, pitching two scoreless innings in a start to lead Dearborn over visiting Redford Thurston, 9-2.
“He (Richardson) walked two of the first three guys he faced and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first,” Jenks said. “He looked a lot better in the second, and I could have pushed him to the third but we (the coaching staff) decided to ease him back in.”
Richardson, a co-captain who has been on varsity three years, started practicing three weeks ago and also had a pretty nice day at the plate, going 2-for-3.
“He’s always rallying the guys and getting them ready,” Jenks said. “This is the first time this season he’s pitched for us, and it’s just nice to see him be so productive coming off the injury.”
Junior catcher Adriano Murrilo hit a home run in a six-run first inning for Dearborn (11-5, 6-2 Western Wayne Athletic Conference Blue).
“He’s (Murrilo) always swinging a good bat,” Jenks said. “He squared it up and put it in deep left-center. Our hitting was on point all day, no issues there.”
Bad weather has been a theme to the baseball season this year, and Friday was no different. The game was called final in the fifth inning due to muddy conditions. With so many games being postponed earlier in the season, Dearborn played its fifth game in five days on Friday, and it won them all.
“Considering the conditions with the cold and the rain, we played a pretty clean game,” Jenks said. “The ball was wet, and the fielders sometimes had a tough time. It made defense harder than normal.”
Jenks called out his team’s defense as an area that will have to stay sharp to keep the winning streak alive.
“We’ve been rolling, but we need to make sure we’re making all the routine plays and not allowing any extra baserunners,” Jenks said.
Thurston scored both its runs in the fourth inning.
Detroit Osborn 8, Detroit CMA 3: Isaiah Watts struck out six and allowed one earned run, Teionte Waters and Terrance Harris each went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, and Lamont Murray went 1-for-2 with a single and two RBIs for Osborn (8-0, 8-0 PSL East 2).
Other baseball scores
Detroit University Prep 16, Detroit University Prep Science & Math 1 (4 innings)
Boys lacrosse scores
Grosse Pointe South 6, Utica Eisenhower 5
Girls soccer scores
Fraser 2, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore 1
Northville 1, Dearborn 0
Dearborn 13, Detroit Renaissance 6