Friday Highlights: Berkley, Seaholm Baseball Win; Athens Softball Sweeps Doubleheader
Catch up on local high school sports games from throughout the week.
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Berkley over PONTIAC, 12-1 (six innings)
Sean Calender’s dominant pitching performance Friday propelled the Berkley High School varsity baseball team (2-0) to a 12-1 win in six innings at Pontiac.
Calender went the full six innings, allowing only one run on two hits and striking out an impressive 15 batters.
Three Bears hitters had at least two or more RBI: Tony Tenaglia was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs, Jake Ward was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and Riley Klein was 1-for-2 with three RBIs.
Seaholm over HARRISON, 17-10
The Birmingham Seaholm and Farmington Harrison varsity baseball teams combined for 27 runs and 33 hits Friday in an Oakland Activities Association White division game. The Seaholm Maples ended up winning the high-scoring affair, 17-10.
An early 12-2 lead helped Seaholm (2-5; 2-0 OAA White) keep the Harrison Hawks at bay.
Max Cormier was the winning pitcher for the Maples and was also 3-for-5 from the plate with four RBIs. Steven Palmeri also had four RBIs and was a perfect 4-for-4. Bryce Brunson was 2-for-3 for the Hawks with a double and triple.
Athens over ANDOVER, 14-0 (six innings), 10-0 (five innings)
Haley Zemmer had quite the day for the Troy Athens varsity softball team Friday, pitching two one-hit shutouts and striking out 23 batters in a double-header sweep of Bloomfield Hills Andover.
In the first game, the Red Hawks won in six innings 14-0 and in the nightcap won 10-0 in five innings.
Not to be outdone, teammate Melissa Palmer was a perfect 9-for-9, with three triples in the two games, crossing home plate seven times. She also had three RBIs.
Athens is 2-2 on the season and Andover is 1-3.
LAHSER over West Bloomfield, 5-1
The Lahser High School varsity girls soccer team won an Oakland Activities Association White division game 5-1 over West Bloomfield on Thursday night.
It erased an early 1-0 deficit with four goals in the first half to take control of the game.
“We started out real shaky,” Knights coach Kevin McConnell said. “They scored a minute into the game on a corner kick that kind of went off one our players. Once we settled down, we took control.”
Caroline Eagan played her first full game of the season and scored two goals for Lahser (2-4; 2-2 Oakland Activities Association White). Paige Sambro, Olivia Keener and Kelsey Shearer each scored a goal apiece. Sydney Samson scored West Bloomfield’s only goal of the game.
Next up for the Knights is Royal Oak on Tuesday. McConnell said the game should be a good challenge for his team.
“Royal Oak was in the top division last year (the Red),” McConnell said. “I think they are 2-0-1 and I’m excited to see how we respond.”
LAHSER over Rochester, 8-1
The Lahser varsity girls tennis team won an OAA Red match 8-1 over Rochester on Thursday.
“It was a solid match for us,” Knights coach Tim Lotz said. “Up and down our lineup, we played really well.”
- No. 1 – Molly Fox (Lahser) over Rachel Parker (Rochester), 6-0, 6-0
- No. 2 – Ani Carvagal (Lahser) over Stephanie Hanley (Rochester), 6-1, 6-3
- No. 3 – Meril Rheam (Lahser) over Stephanie Von Behren (Rochester), 6-1, 6-0
- No. 4 – Kenya Sanchez-Vicarta (Lahser) over Claudia Gage (Rochester), 6-4, 6-1
- No. 1 – Lindsey Ferguson/Shannon McAvoy (Lahser) over Kristine Byszkowski/Ashley Jacobs (Rochester), 6-2, 6-4
- No. 2 - Jacqueline Chandler/Claudia Fenzi (Lahser) over Carolyn Berwich/Ally Kane (Rochester), 6-1, 6-1
- No. 3 – Sarah Wirthlin/Daina Hill (Lahser) over Avery McLoed/Angelina Jeong (Rochester), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
- No. 4 - Megan Sweet/Jessica Dahm (Lahser) over Pranita Balysy/Ambika Vohra (Rochester), 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
- No. 5 – Ankitha Taranata/Lauren Cates (Rochester) over Lauren Redman/Katie Robinson, 6-3, 7-6
TROY over West Bloomfield, 8-3 and 11-1 (six innings)
The Troy High School varsity softball team on Wednesday swept a double header over West Bloomfield with 28 hits in two games.
“Any time you get that many hits you’re going to score some runs,” Colts coach Tom Calnen said. “We only struck out eight times in the two games, I was very happy with that. It shows we were putting the ball in play."
In the first game, the Colts won 8-3 behind a solid pitching performance from Katy Krajenta. She went the distance to pick up the win, scattering three hits over seven innings. All three runs allowed were unearned.
Kamryn LaCarter and Laney Hart were each 3-for-4 with an RBI. West Bloomfield’s Brook Poweo was 2-for-3 in game one.
Hart helped power her team to a win in the second game with another 3-for-4 performance. She had three RBIs in a six-inning (mercy rule) 11-1 victory. Ashley Messina and Krajenta were each 4-for-4 in game two. Messina knocked in two runs.
Cori Mittelburn was the winning pitcher for Troy, tossing six innings and giving up only one run and four hits.
For the Lakers, Allyson Kas took the loss in both games. The Western Michigan-bound pitcher struggled to keep the Colts off the base path.
“For early in the year, coming off spring break I wasn’t really sure what to expect,” Calnen said. “I knew we were going to face a girl (Kas) going to Western, but I wasn’t sure what we’d get. I was very happy.”
Birmingham Seaholm over FERNDALE, 10-0 (five innings), 21-4 (five innings)
The Seaholm High School varsity softball team made quick work of Ferndale in a double header on Wednesday.
Maples hitters knocked in runs early and often, mercying the Eagles 10-0 in the first game (five innings) and 21-4 in the second (five innings).
In the first game, Seaholm (4-0) scored eight runs in the first inning. “The whole lineup had base hits in the first,” Maples assistant coach Jim Arnold said.
Carolyn Gregg picked up the win, giving up only three hits over five innings and striking out six.
Arnold said his team put on a “hitting clinic” in the second game.
Lexie Hamilton was 5-for-5 with two triples and three RBIs. Jordan Lemington was 2-for-3 with a homerun.
“Our lineup is clicking right now,” Arnold said. “I think we’ll prove to be a high-powered offense this season, especially for our league.”
In the first four games of the season, Seaholm has outscored its opponents 56-12. The Maples' team batting average so far this season is .477.
BERKLEY over Oak Park, 10-0 (five innings)
The Berkley High School varsity baseball team opened the season with a 10-0 win over Oakland Activities Association Gold division opponent Oak Park in five innings.
Nick Bauer did a little of everything to start the Bears off on the right foot. He pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the win, striking out seven of the nine batters he faced.
“He was throwing strikes and that’s all we ask for,” Berkley coach Jordan Gruppen said.
Bauer also was 2-for-2 with a single, triple and two RBIs.
“It was a great start for him, he’s going to be a good pitcher and hitter for us all season long,” Gruppen said.
Ian Kobernick had a good day as well going 2-for-2 with a double, triple and two RBIs. The Bears jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the first, six in the second and two in the fourth.
Berkley has another division game on Friday at Pontiac.
Athens over UTICA, 10-2
The Athens High School varsity baseball team put up four runs in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie at Utica on Wednesday.
Red Hawks coach Mike Morris relied on his bullpen to hold the lead. Jalen Wize came into the game and didn’t allow a hit over three innings.
“We batted around the order in the fourth then Jalen came in the game and shut them down,” Morris said.
Tommy Eng was 4-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs in the 10-2 win. Ryan Norman was 1-for-2 with three runs.
Athens (2-3) plays at Waterford Mott on Thursday and at its city-rival Troy on Friday.
LAHSER over North Farmington, 7-1
The Lahser girls varsity tennis team (1-0) opened the season with a 7-1 win over North Farmington on Tuesday.
“Really happy with how we played,” Knights coach Tim Lotz said. “I thought we played well, better than we did in a couple of exhibitions.”
Lotz’ team swept all four singles matches. Lahser’s lone loss came in the No. 1 doubles. Ellyse Ferguson and Daina Hill lost in two sets (6-2, 7-5) to Sarah Tobin and Maria Vicini.
“One was sick (Hill) and the other was coming off an injury (Ferguson),” Lotz said. “They really hung in there and almost forced a third set.”
- No. 1 – Molly Fox (Lahser) over Akanksha Vaishnaf (North Farmington), 6-1, 6-2
- No. 2 – Ani Carvagal (Lahser) over Stephanie Kornoa (North Farmington), 6-1, 6-2
- No. 3 – Meril Rheam (Lahser) over Rachel Gringlas (North Farmington), 6-3, 6-3
- No. 4 – Kenya Sanchez-Vicarta (Lahser) over Noelle Visfer (North Farmington) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
- No. 1 – Sarah Tobin/Maria Vicini (North Farmington) over Ellyse Ferguson/Daina Hill (Lahser), 6-2, 7-5
- No. 2 – Lindsey Ferguson/Shannon McAvoy (Lahser) over Erin Prim/Bella Wishnivetski (North Farmington), 6-3, 6-2
- No. 3 – Jacqueline Chandler/Claudia Fenzi (Lahser) over Jessica Wu/Andi Kopitz (North Farmington), 6-0, 6-2
- No. 4 – Megan Sweet/ Jessica Dahm (Lahser) over Kyra Cutcher/Alyssa Cutcher (North Farmington), 6-4, 6-2
ROYAL OAK over Warren Cousino, 19-2
The Royal Oak High School varsity lacrosse team won its first home game of the season on Tuesday 19-2 over Warren Cousino.
Jake Pasikowski was the leading scorer for the Ravens (1-1) with six goals. Six other Royal Oak players scored one or more goals. Goalies David Smith and Matt Niemi held Warren to only two goals.
“This was big morale boost for the Ravens who lost their season opener to Ann Arbor Skyline 6-4 in a tough fought battle,” Royal Oak Lacrosse Booster Club President Tom Milan said.
Royal Oak's home stand continues Thursday with a game against L’Anse Creuse and Saturday versus Saline. The Saturday game with Saline is free to all Ravens students with a valid school ID.
FERNDALE over Birmingham Groves, 2-1
The Ferndale girls varsity soccer team stayed perfect with a 2-1 win over Birmingham Groves on Tuesday. The Eagles are 3-0 to start the season.
Lexi Brisson-Fast scored both of her team’s goals in the victory. Her score in the second half with about 18 minutes left on the clock proved to be the game-winner. Brisson-Fast already has a team-high four goals this season.
“That was a good win,” Eagles coach Mike Kuznair said. “We are starting to really learn how to play together. We still have a lot to work on, but we are getting people in the right position.”
The Royal Oak High School girls JV soccer team beat West Bloomfield 7-0 on a chilly afternoon at West Bloomfield High School.
Alex Sust again scored three goals in the effort. Her last goal she scored with her back off a corner kick from Anna Pacifico. Watch the video closely to see the bounce off the ground, hit Ales's back and into the goal.
Royal Oak over WEST BLOOMFIELD, 8-0 (varsity)
The Royal Oak High School girls varsity soccer team beat West Bloomfield, 8-0.
The games this week are all away: Thursday 5:30 p.m. at Andover and Friday at 5 p.m. at Birmingham Groves.
Boys and Girls Track
SEAHOLM over Lahser (boys and girls)
The Lahser track and field team visited Birmingham Seaholm for its first meet back from spring break Tuesday.
“We had some great efforts today,” Knights coach Nick Stration said. “It was nice to finally get the team together for a competition, after a long delay with spring break.”
The boys lost 85-42 and the girls team lost 94-32. It was Lahser’s second league competition of the season.
Event winners for the boys were Morgan Cecilio (100m dash and 200m dash), Nate Emery (400m dash), Nate Cole, Chris McDonald, Brett Scheidmental and Nate Emery (400m relay and 800m relay), Nate Cole, Wally Pelton, Jordan Garcia and Chris McDonald (1600m relay).
Event winners for the girls were: Paige Lundy-Kirk (100m hurdles), Frannie Foreman (100m dash), Monica Milberg (200m dash).
The next competition for Lahser is a dual meet against Birmingham Groves on April 17.
TROY over Farmington Harrison, 83-45 (girls)
The Troy girls track and field team nearly doubled up Farmington Harrison on Tuesday, 83-45. The Colts improved to 2-0 on the season while the Hawks are now 0-1.
Event winners were:
- 3200m Relay - Troy 11:07 Troy (N Niemiec, L Miller, T Thompson, M Toukhanian)
- 100 Hurdles - L Sims - Harrison 15.9
- 100m - T Parker - Harrison 12.8
- 800m Relay - Troy 1:52 (K Niemiec, G Ellis, R Zelmanski, S Heath)
- 1600m - L Miller - Troy 5:42
- 400m Relay - Troy 52.5 (G Ellis, M Jones, M Smith, K Niemiec)
- 400m - K Shaheen - Troy 63.5
- 300 Hurdles - L Sims - Harrison 50.2
- 800 - K Shaheen - Troy 2:35
- 200m - T Parker - Harrison 26.9
- 3200m - E Brunett - Harrison 12:51
- 1600m Relay - Troy 4:25(K Shaheen, R Zelmanski, J Moore, S Heath)
- Shot Put - C Savage - Harrison 35'6
- Discuss Throw - D Otero - Troy 90'4
- High-Jump- S Chmielewski - Troy 4'6
- Long-Jump - R Zelmanski - Troy 14'6
Troy over LAHSER, 6-5
Troy opened up play in the Oakland Activities Association Blue division with a 6-5 win over Lahser on Tuesday.
The Colts (3-1; 1-0 OAA Blue) scored three runs in the second inning and two in the third to take an early 5-0 lead.
Lahser cut into the lead in the fourth with two runs and another in the fifth. In the sixth, the Knights had the tying run on third base, but Tyler Horn forced a ground ball to get out of the jam.
“We pitched ourselves out of a lot of trouble today,” Troy coach Jim Ellis said. “We weren’t very crisp pitching the ball and walked a few too many batters.”
In relief, Horn pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and two walks. He picked up the save. John Wassel was the winning pitcher despite giving up five walks over 4 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs and struck out five batters.
Jake Provenzano was 1-for-3 with two RBIs for the Colts. Nick Guitar was 2-for-3 with an RBI. For Lahser, Kyle Riley was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day.
Johnny Mullin hit a tie breaking single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Birmingham Seaholm High School varsity baseball team an 8-7 win over city-rival Groves in wild home opener Tuesday.
Mullin felt some butterflies stepping into the batter’s box, but the junior outfielder came through with a clutch hit off reliever Morris Fabbri to score Max Cormier from second base.
“I started off pretty nervous; I started off (the game) 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk,” Mullin said. “That’s not the confidence I wanted, but I found my inside pitch and took it to left.”
After allowing the Falcons to erase a 5-0 deficit in the top half of the inning, Seaholm (1-5; 1-0 Oakland Activities Association White) needed a three-run sixth inning to take the lead.
Josh Leitman walked to lead off the inning. He moved to third on a double from Michael Doney. Hunter Green hit a two-run double off to tie the game at 7-7.
Groves (0-2; 0-1 OAA White) didn’t do itself any favors in the inning with some sloppy play in the field. It misplayed three of Seaholm’s four hits in the sixth, allowing runners to advance an extra base all three times.
“Too many errors,” Falcons coach Bob Crosby said. “That’s two games in a row, we are fine in practice and come out in the game and don’t catch the ball. I have to find a couple kids that aren’t going to make so many mistakes. We aren’t playing well under pressure (in the field).”
FARMINGTON over West Bloomfield, 6-5
Senior Joey Hartfelder pitched three innings and gave up four runs for West Bloomfield in a 6-5 loss to Farmington on Tuesday. Senior Josh Birnberg hit a three-run triple for the Lakers.
CLAWSON over Warren Fitzgerald, 7-0
Sophomore David Harlukowicz allowed only three hits over four innings to help Clawson pick up its first win of the season on Monday over Warren Fitzgerald 7-0. Senior Justin Smith pitched two scoreless innings in relief. He struck out three batters.
Jake Smith was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Jawaun Harris reached based three times. He was 1-for-2 with two walks.
TROY ATHENS over Detroit Renaissance, 14-0 (fifth inning)
Athens High School won in convincing fashion Monday over Detroit Renaissance in five innings. The Red Hawks used an 11-run third inning to blow the game open and mercy Renaissance.
“We were up 1-0 going into the third,” Athens coach Mike Morris said. “We batted around one and a half times in the inning. It was a nice win before our league opener; we were able to get a lot of different faces in.”
James Ortmann was 1-for-2 with four RBIs and two runs. John Van Hoef was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run. Tommy Eng was 2-for-2 with three RBIs as well.
Tommy Zaits was the winning pitcher for the Red Hawks. He only gave up one hit over three innings and struck out three batters.
STERLING HEIGHTS STEVENSON over Troy, 2-1
Troy High School (2-1) came out on the short end of a pitcher’s duel Monday night at Sterling Heights Stevenson.
The Titans scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning and that was enough. Stevenson senior Brandon Hughes shut down Troy Colts hitters, striking out 12 batters over six innings. He allowed only one run.
“We faced a young man who brought it today,” Troy coach Jim Ellis said. “He’s going to University of Michigan and he brought the speed. A lot of our guys haven’t faced a pitcher like that.”
Ellis said Hughes pitched around in the upper 80s for most of the game and was “lights out.”
The Colts were able to keep the game close with a solid pitching performance from junior Michael Thomas. He struck out five batters in six and a third innings.
Troy’s lone run came in the top of the fifth when Jesse Dubay hit a two-out, bases-loaded RBI single. The hit put his team up 1-0. Stevenson tied it in the bottom of the inning and then took the lead in the bottom of the sixth.
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