East Lansing — Sophomore Oli Carmody pitched out of a jam in the ninth inning, then delivered an RBI single in the top of the 10th to lift defending state champion Stevensville Lakeshore to a 3-0 Division 2 semifinal win over Orchard Lake St. Mary's on Thursday morning at McLane Stadium.
OLSM sophomore left-hander Logan Wood, a Michigan commit, threw 8 2/3 innings of shutout ball, striking out nine while allowing just two hits and three walks before being lifted in favor of Anthony Fett.
Senior Connor Brawley (9-4, 1.30 ERA) was equally impressive for Lakeshore, working 7 1/3 innings and striking out seven while scattering six hits and allowing a walk.
Things got interesting for Carmody in the bottom of the ninth with runners on first and second with one out and going 3-0 on leadoff hitter Carter Macias before retiring him on a drive to center field. He then got Dillon Kark to fly out to end the threat.
Macias carried a .385 average into the game and Kark, .372 for OLSM (28-13).
“Everyone in the crowd was like, ‘throw a strike,’ and I knew I had to throw a strike on that (3-0) pitch and then I threw it and got my confidence right there," Carmody said of getting Macias out and then Kark to end the jam. "Every pitch I throw is for the eight guys on the field and everyone in the dugout. It was the greatest feeling ever.”
Then, Bray Plomb led off the 10th with a single, took second on a bunt single by Cam Dalrymple. They both moved up to second and third on a wild pitch and Carmody's bloop single to center broke the scoreless tie.
“Runners were on third and second and all year we’ve talked about doing our jobs and all I had to do was get the ball in the outfield so they could tag up,” Carmody said. “It’s the greatest experience of my life. Baseball is my life. I do everything I can to help this team and they do the same for me.”
Lakeshore would play small ball with multiple bunt singles in the 10th, and was aided by wild pitches to score two more runs.
OLSM coach Matt Petry was proud of his team’s effort.
"It was a very good baseball game, and we hit the ball hard a couple of times with runners in scoring position to end it (in the ninth), and it was right at people, just came up a little short,” said Petry, who guided OLSM to the Division 2 state title in 2015. “We had a runner on second and you have your best two hitters coming up. Carter was up 3-1 and we’re very confident in Macias and Kark, that they were going to get a hit so we’re not up there for those guys to get a walk. We turned them loose, and I thought they both got a pretty good piece of the ball.
“Alex Mooney, I think in the seventh or eighth, lined out to the right fielder and Harrison Poeszat lines out to the third baseman in the sixth. Today, we hit the ball hard and it just happened to go at people.”
And, of Wood who entered the game with a 9-2 record and 2.45 ERA?
“He’s been outstanding all year. He stepped up in a big way. We lost Dillon Kark to injury mid-April and ever since then Logan, even as a sophomore, stepped up and was our guy, took our pitching staff on his back and helped the other guys. He was our workhorse all year and was outstanding.”
Lakeshore (26-14) will try to repeat as state champs when it faces Saginaw Swan Valley at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Saginaw Swan Valley 3, DeWitt 1: Swan Valley scored three runs in the first. Swan Valley (33-8-3) had just two hits, both coming in the opening inning, including a leadoff single by Cameron Schroeder. Easton Goldensoph was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to get an RBI, then Logan Pietz followed with an RBI single. Victor Mancini scored on a wild pitch.
Avery Goldensoph went the distance for Swan Valley, allowing the one run on six hits and two walks while striking out five.
All semifinals and finals at MSU
Grosse Pointe South 10, Midland 0
Woodhaven 7, Birmingham Brother Rice 3
Final: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.
Stevensville Lakeshore 3, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 0 (10 innings)
Saginaw Swan Valley 3, DeWitt 1
Final: Saturday, 9 a.m.
Gladstone vs. Madison Heights Bishop Foley, 2:30
Riverview Gabriel Richard vs. Schoolcraft, 5
Final: Saturday, 5
Gaylord St. Mary vs. Beal City, 9 a.m.
Unionville-Sebewaing vs. St. Joseph Lake Michigan Catholic, 11:30 a.m.
Final: Saturday, 2:30 p.m.