Just two regular-season games stand between West Bloomfield baseball and the state playoffs, but that didn't distract it from the task at hand, winning the first game of a doubleheader on the road against Waterford Kettering on Tuesday night, 4-2.
The second game was called after eight innings, resulting in an 8-8 tie.
"We did really well offensively," West Bloomfield head coach Jerry Brown said. "We did a lot of things that we've been working on improving all year."
The most impressive statistic from the doubleheader was the 16 stolen bases amassed by West Bloomfield (18-16-1).
West Bloomfield is just 46 steals away from making the all-time steals list for a single season in the state of Michigan, sitting at 106 on the year. Brown didn't realize his team was approaching the feat until an assistant pointed it out.
"We've been talking about (steals) all year; however, we never paid attention to what the total was," Brown said.
Besides the stolen bases, Brown was impressed with senior Trenton Newby, who is the team's ace as well as top offensive contributor.
"(Newby) had just a phenomenal day," Brown said. "We're going to have a team MVP award and he wins it."
Newby finished the day with six innings pitched, earning the win in the opener and striking out six while allowing one run. He had four hits, including a triple and three RBIs as well.
With the seniors stepping up and younger guys fighting hard for playing time, Brown is happy with his team coming together at the perfect time.
West Bloomfield will have two regular-season games before facing Walled Lake Northern on Saturday afternoon at Lakeland High School to kick off state playoffs.
"If we show up and play our 'A' game, our chances to win districts are very good," Brown said.
Birmingham Groves 6, Bloomfield Hills 5 (11 inn.): Tyler Newitt was the winning pitcher, going 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Chaise Ford was 2-for-3 with a double, RBI, two runs scored and two walks and Nick Ringler and Connor Bradbury were each 2-for-5 for Groves (24-9).
Detroit Edison 12, Detroit Cristo Rey 2: Dave Thurman was the winning pitcher and drove in three runs at the plate for Edison (15-16).
Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett 2, Orchard Lake St. Mary's 1: Noah Miller hit a 2-run double and Drew Zelenak was 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored for Liggett (23-5). St. Mary's is 20-11.
Ann Arbor Huron 3, Ann Arbor Pioneer 2
Brighton 3, Dexter 2
Clinton Township Chippewa Valley 3, Sterling Heights Stevenson 2
Detroit Martin Luther King 8, Dearborn Fordson 2
Gibraltar Carlson 7, Southgate Anderson 3
Holly 14, Clarkston Everest Collegiate 3
Livonia Churchill 12, Dearborn Heights Crestwood 1 (6 inn.)
Melvindale 1, Detroit Cody 0 (forfeit)
Riverview 18, Dearborn Heights Robichaud 0
Rochester Hills Lutheran Northwest 19, Southfield Christian 0
Royal Oak 11, Warren Mott 8
Royal Oak Shrine Catholic 17, Bloomfield Hills Roeper 1
Southfield Christian 1, Detroit Davis Aerospace 0 (forfeit)
St. Clair Shores South Lake 12, Warren Lincoln 0
Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 9, Kimball Landmark Academy 2
Utica Eisenhower 6, Rochester Adams 0
Waterford Mott 8, Lake Orion 7
Ypsilanti Lincoln 3, Belleville 1
Connor Muldowney is a freelance writer.