Baseball teams normally run around the bases, but on Friday afternoon Troy walked, 13 times, en route to a 13-4 victory over visiting Rochester Adams.
“This team (Troy) does a really good job of fighting off two-strike pitches,” Troy coach Tim Mullen said. “We extend at-bats and don’t fish for bad pitches. We’re really disciplined.”
Taking advantage of loaded bases for Troy (15-11, 8-3 OAA Blue) was junior center fielder Ben Boyer, who went 2-for-3 with a walk.
“Ben struggled at the plate earlier in the season, but in the last couple days he’s really come alive,” Mullen said. “He’s hitting nice line drives up the middle and not trying to do too much with the ball.”
Second baseman Mitch Cochran went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and two runs scored.
“He’s one of our best infielders, so smooth,” Mullen said. “He bats lefty and leads off for us, but he’s got some power, too. His double went off the top of the fence.”
Senior designated hitter Connor Cicerone went 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs, two runs scored and a walk. His home run put Troy up 3-2 in the first inning, a lead it never relinquished.
“He’s not normally a starter,” Mullen said. “But we were down 2-0, and his home run put us in front.”
With hot bats, Troy’s chances in the playoffs will be determined by how well Troy’s pitching can keep opponents’ bats quiet. Junior pitcher Mario Gaudino hasn’t pitched since April 20 due to injury, but after throwing a bullpen session on Friday, Mullen thinks Gaudino could be ready to pitch in relief by the time districts start.
“I’m happy where we’re at as a team,” Mullen said. “One through nine, we hit hard. We’ve got three good starting pitchers and another good one injured. If they pitch well, we’ll win playoff games.”
Dearborn 8, Melvindale 3: Ali Berry pitched a complete game with four strikeouts, Ryan Schfranek went 2-for-4 with two double and three RBIs, and Hassan Sabbagh went 2-for-3 with a double for Dearborn (13-6, 7-3 Western Wayne Athletic Conference Blue).
Westland John Glenn 1, Garden City 0: Jacob Grant pitched six innings with four strikeouts, allowing one run and three walks, and Terrance Westbrook and Austin Even each had a hit for Garden City.
Other baseball scores
Clarkston Everest Collegiate 8, Walled Lake Central 7
Royal Oak Cabrini 8-13, Waterford Lakes 6-2
Pinckney 5, Chelsea 4
Chelsea 7, Woodhaven 4
Melvindale 6, Dearborn 3
Girls soccer scores
Adrian 3, Ypsilanti Lincoln 0
Romulus Summit 3, Ypsilanti Arbor Prep 3
Eric Coughlin is a freelance writer.