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Lenawee County baseball and softball teams fall into regionals

It took a few extra innings, but the 2023-24 high school sports season in Lenawee County came to an end Saturday when Adrian and Lenawee Christian Baseball and Clinton Softball dropped all regional games.


Division 2 Regional in Michigan

ANN ARBOR — The 14th-ranked Maples took on No. 4 Trenton and went pitch-for-pitch with the Trojans, but fell 2-1 in nine innings.

Sean Parker pitched 8.2 innings and gave up two runs, both earned on six hits, six strikeouts and no walks. He made two phenomenal plays during the game, coming off the mound and setting up position, and gave Adrian a chance to win the regional title. He came out with a runner on first and two outs in the ninth after reaching the pitch limit when sophomore Julius Robichaud took over and gave up the game-winning single.

“I don’t know many pitchers who can throw nine innings in a high school game,” coach Kyle Johnson said. “He was ready to throw nine more if he was able to. He’s a stud, some of the plays he made coming off the mound were unreal.”

Caleb Kidd was also outstanding for Trenton, going 7.2 innings and giving up one run on two hits and five strikeouts while walking five.

The lone run came in the top of the seventh inning, after the Trojans had taken the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Senior DJ Ott led off with a single and junior Joelden Griffin bumped him to second.

Maverick Slavin, who doubled before Adrian’s other single of the game, grounded to short and Ott advanced to third base on the throw to first base. It wasn’t Ott’s most aggressive moment on the bases, as he fled home on a “no balls and two strike count” and was able to safely slide in to steal home plate as the pitch was a ball high.

“We both looked at each other and looked at ourselves,” Johnson said. “We were both on the same page at that point. We knew we needed a point and I had a lot of confidence in his aggressiveness and his ability to score there.”

Adrian finishes the season at 27-6.

Division 4 at Cornerstone

BIG RAPIDS – Lenawee Christian’s run from a seven-win regular season to a regional title was three outs away, but the Cougars couldn’t get the final outs.

LCS (10-16) led 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh against Vermontville Maple Valley, where the Lions rallied for two runs to force extra innings, where they won on a double in the eighth, 5- 4.

Maple Valley led 2-0 after the top of the first inning, but the Cougars got one back on an RBI groundout by Zane Cherfan in the bottom of the inning. In the third, Cherfan repeated his first at-bat to tie the game before the drop fly into centerfield allowed LCS a 3-2 lead.

In the fourth, Nathan Daniels added the fourth run with another RBI groundout. Daniels got the start and pitched four innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits and five walks.

Blake Drogowski took over with runners on first and second base and no outs in the fifth, keeping the score at 4-2. Drogowski ultimately took the loss and also pitched four innings of three runs, on four hits and six walks, while striking out two.

Colton Clymer had three hits, while Easton Boggs added two.


Division 3 Regional at Grass Lake

Clinton showed incredible plate discipline in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead, but it was all Whiteford from then on as the Redwolves fell 8-2 to the Bobcats in the regional semifinal.

Clinton (30-11) watched all 43 pitches thrown by Whiteford’s Unity Nelson in the top of the first inning, recording three strikeouts and walking four for a run.

The Bobcats tied the game in the bottom of the second and in the third they broke the game open with a two-out, two-run triple and single to make it 4-1, then added four more runs in the bottom of the second. . sixth.

Lola Szczesniak drove in a run in the top of the seventh inning. Kendall Phillip took the loss in the circle, pitching five innings and giving up eight runs, four earned, on four hits and four walks, while striking out six.


Division 2 states at Forest Akers West

EAST LANSING – Adrian senior Carson Ritz finished in the top 15 in the state, while Tecumseh placed 18th as a team at the Division 2 state championship game.

Ritz shot a 77 on Day 1 before firing a 75 on Saturday, which gave him a 152, good for 15th overall.

Tecumseh’s Grant Simpson placed 18th when he shot a 153 with a Day 2 72 after shooting an 81 on Day 1. He led Tecumseh’s 680, which included Blake LaJiness’ 172, Colin McDowell’s 175 and Garris Waynick’s 181 .

Division 3 is in Katke

BIG SPEED — Blissfield’s Matthew Wolfe had a much better Day 2 from Day 1 in the Division 3.

Wolfe shot a 101 on his first attempt at Katke before improving his Day 2 score by 12 strokes with an 89. He finished 85th overall.

Division 4 states in The Meadows

ALLENDALE – Lenawee Christian’s Connor Parisien placed 13th overall at the Division 4 state championships with a 167.

Parisien shot an 87 on Day 1 and improved his score by seven shots on Day 2 to crack the top-15.

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