Wednesday Highlights: Lahser, Andover Baseball Battle at Comerica Park
The Knights win city rivalry game 6-1 on the big stage; girls lacrosse playoff results; Seaholm soccer wins final regular season game.
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Lahser over Andover, 6-1 (at Comerica Park)
Bloomfield Hills Lahser enjoyed playing on the big stage Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park against city-rival Andover.
Knights starter Neal Krentz shut down the Barons' powerful lineup to give his team a 6-1 win.
With the teams scoreless at the end of the second inning, Lahser got on the board first with two runs in the top of the third. Steven Terryn and Charlie Dauch reached base with a pair of hits and scored on an error.
The Knights pushed their lead to 6-0 in the top of the fifth inning with four runs. Another error scored two runs with the bases loaded. Robbie Emmitt and Steven Terryn each hit RBI singles.
Krentz kept a no-hitter going into the fifth inning. It was broken up with a hit with two outs in the fifth and then Andover ended up breaking up the shutout with a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Tim Zobl.
On the day, Krentz only surrendered four hits while striking out eight.
Girls Lacrosse Regionals
Troy’s offense was too much to handle for the North Harrison (Farmington United) girls lacrosse team Wednesday in the opening round of the Division 1 regionals.
Neither of Harrison’s goalies could handle an onslaught of shots on goal from the Colts, who just kept coming in a 14-0 win that sets up a playoff rematch from last year against Marian in the regional semifinals on May 30.
“We played a good, settled offense today, which was the goal. I was happy with that,” Troy coach Allison Atchoo said. “We didn’t run a lot of plays, but we were a cohesive offense."
Troy junior Haley Burns started her team off on the right foot with a goal shortly after the opening faceoff. She grabbed the ball and charged up the field, scoring in the first 25 seconds to put Troy up 1-0.
Harrison goalie Catherine Washington did her best to keep the game close in the first half. She blocked a half-dozen point-blank shots in the first eight minutes before the Colts broke through after a minor foul set up a goal from Nicole Pollina.
She had free position and scored on a direct shot to put the Colts up 2-0 at the 17-minute mark.
Over the next five minutes, Pollina gave her team a big 5-0 cushion. She assisted Kristine Barlow on a goal and then scored twice more herself.
There wasn’t a single Mustang left behind Wednesday in the opening round of the girls lacrosse regionals at Troy High School.
With the exception of its goalie, every single one of Marian’s 18 active players scored at least once in a 31-1 win over West Bloomfield.
“I’ve never had that happened before,” coach Jamie Francek said. “It was pretty cool; it was nice for everyone to get a chance,”
It was a statement victory for a team aiming to avenge a close 12-11 lose to Brighton in the Division 1 semifinals last season.
Francek wasn’t on the sidelines for that he game — he coached the Mustangs from 2000-03 and is back with the team this year — but he’s seen first hand on a daily basis how last year’s the playoff exit drove his team. Marian already has this year’s Catholic League championship under its belt, now it has one goal left.
“It motivated us, especially early in the season. Our goal is to win a state championship, it definitely fires us up,” Francek said. “We know that one bad game and you go home, so (this win) is a good start.”
For West Bloomfield (2-8), just scoring a goal against the No. 4 ranked team in the state was a major achievement. It was the Lakers' first year with a girls lacrosse program and its goals were more modest this season.
“Our two goals were to learn and have fun, after that what can you do,” coach Jill Adamczyk said. “We scored a goal against a state winning team. This was our first year and I am proud of each and every girl. They each gave 110 percent. They have grown as players exponentially.”
Being such a young program, West Bloomfield knew it wasn’t going to be easy containing Marian’s high-powered offense.
The Mustangs (18-5-1) needed only 10 minutes and change to force a running clock at 10-0 with 14:55 left in the first half.
Going into halftime, Marian was up 18-1 with Megan Spagnuolo leading the way with all four of her goals before halftime. She also finished the game with two assists.
In the second half, it was more of the same, but it was the Mustangs reserves having the success. Marian’s second string came into the game and worked the ball around the net with a lot of success. Seven different players came off the bench and scored.
SEAHOLM over Holly, 4-0
Birmingham Seaholm won its final regular game of the season on Wednesday 4-0 over Holly.
The Maples scored twice in each half and Lisa White had 10 saves to preserve her sixth shutout of the season.
Savannah Wiseman scored twice in the first half. She scored on an assist from Jackie Mee at the 32:14 mark. She scored again at 23:30 with a header off a corner kick from Maddie Baston.
In the second half, Julie Nashi and Hannah Haley scored goals.
Seaholm finishes the regular season with a 10-5-2 overall record (6-3-1 Oakland Activities Association Blue division).
Girls Lacrosse Regionals
BIRMINGHAM UNITED over Bloomfield United, 11-8
In a very close pre-regional game, Birmingham United advanced over Bloomfield United 11-8 on Tuesday.
Birmingham advances to play at Athens in the first round of regionals on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Kathy Quigley had three goals, Carrie Quigley and Sarah Feiten each had two goals in the win.
Boys Lacrosse Regionals
TROY over L’Anse Creuse, 14-7
L’Anse Creuse scored in the first two minutes, but that was the only lead it had all game in the first round of lacrosse regionals at Troy High School on Tuesday.
The Colts came right back to tie it 1-1 and close out the first quarter up 3-2. The score at halftime was 8-5 and Troy limited L’Anse Creuse to two goals in the second half.
Nick Kondoleon and Justice Bigelow each scored four goals and had assists. Jay Darish had three goals. Oliver Jiang scored twice and had an assist. Colin McLean scored once and did a great job distributing the ball around with four assists.
L'Anse Creuse’s leading scorer was Jess Evans with five goals.
The Colts will play the winner of the Ann Arbor Pioneer and L’Anse Creuse North on Tuesday at Troy Athens High School.
Berkley over GROVES, 10-3
A day after finishing up its division schedule, Berkley won on the road at Birmingham Groves, 10-3.
Ian Kobernick knocked in three runs and was 2-for-3 with a triple. Both Taylor Morrissey and Joey Leider were also 2-for-3. Morrissey had two RBIs and Leider scored three runs.
Solid pitching helped the Bears (20-8 overall; 12-0 OAA Gold) keep the Falcons at bay. Tony Tenaglia got the win, going four innings, giving up three runs on two hits and four walks. Jacob Baker also pitched well in relief, going three innings allowing no runs and just two hits.
Berkley over LATHRUP, 7-3
A 7-3 win at Lathrup on Monday secured an undefeated record for the Berkley High School varsity baseball team in the Oakland Activities Association Gold division.
Brad Burke gave the Bears (19-8; 12-0 OAA Gold) six solid innings on the mound. He gave up three runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out four batters.
Taylor Morrissey was 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs. Dugan Fernandez was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Berkley travels to Birmingham Groves on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. for a nonconference game.
FROM THE WEEKEND
Country Day over Waterford Kettering, 6-4 (at Royal Oak)
No lead was safe against Country Day on Saturday.
Down to its last out, the Yellowjackets erased Waterford Kettering’s 3-0 lead to win the Royal Oak Tournament championship 6-4. It was the second game in a row Country Day came storming back in the final inning.
The Yellowjackets loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh inning and Robert Kuhn, Michael Azzopardi, Gianmarco Rea and Nick Weinerth got hits to push six runs across the plate. All four finished the game with two hits apiece.
Azzopardi was also the winning pitcher for Country Day (9-7), striking out seven batters over 6 2/3 innings.
Country Day over St. Clair, 5-4 (at Royal Oak)
Country Day opened the Royal Oak Tournament on Saturday with a rally in the seventh inning to beat defending Division 2 state champions St. Clair 5-4.
The Yellowjackets were down 4-2 when it rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Senior captain Trevor Potter started the comeback with a single. Country Day followed up with consecutive hits from Robert Kuhn, Michael Azzopardi and Gianmarco Rea to take a 5-4 lead.
Potter went the distance for the Yellowjackets, allowing only three hits over seven innings. He walked seven batters while striking out four.
In the first inning, Country Day grabbed an early 2-0 lead on an RBI double from Rea and he scored on a single from freshman catcher Nick Weinerth.
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