2018-06-07 / Sports

Goodrich prepares for baseball regionals, Grand Blanc sent home


The Goodrich baseball team hoists its district championship trophy. The Goodrich baseball team hoists its district championship trophy. FLINT — Goodrich varsity baseball won its second-straight district championship at Flint Powers Catholic on Saturday, defeating Lake Fenton 3-1 in the final.

Colby Phipps earned the victory allowing two hits, eight strikeouts and three walks over six innings. Austin Losee came in from the bullpen, notching the save.

Joe Toporek led Goodrich at the plate with a two-run homerun in the second inning. Zach Bearden, John Salayko and Ethan Young each added a hit.

“The boys played very solid games today and were a joy to watch,” said Goodrich coach Bob Foreback. “It is fun to watch the growth a team makes over a season. Numerous individuals contributed to our victories, but our pitching by (Ethan) Young, (Colby) Phipps, and (Austin) Losee along with Joe’s (Toporek) bat were the keys to the day.”

In Saturday’s semifinal, the Martians held Brandon at bay, winning 4-3.

Goodrich jumped out to a 4-0 lead before Brandon’s three-run rally fell short in the top of the seventh. The Martians only managed two hits offensively, including an RBI double in the right center gap to give Goodrich a 1-0 lead. The specific player was not identified. Goodrich scored its final three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Young lasted all seven innings on the hill with 10 strikeouts, five hits and one walk.

On the other side of the bracket, Linden defeated host Powers 2-0 on May 29, before losing to Lake Fenton 4-3 in eight innings on Saturday.

Goodrich improves to 25-14 on the year and continues its season in the regionals at Fowlerville Saturday. The Martians will open against Parma Western at noon. The DeWitt- Fowlerville semifinal matchup will precede at 10 a.m. The winners will face off at 2 p.m. in the regional championship game. — J.O.

Div. 1 at Davison

Grand Blanc fell just short of a district title on Saturday after losing 3-1 to Davison in the championship game.

The Bobcats were tied 1-1 with Davison after two innings. The Cardinals then added two in the sixth. Grand Blanc had the chance to take the win in the seventh, but a long hit fell just short of the fence and Davison made the play to end the game.

Bradyn Hoskins tossed 5.2 innings, striking out one while surrendering nine hits, three runs and a walk. Keegan Titmuss struck out one and walked one. Drew Kranz racked up three hits and a run on the game. Logan Bales had a hit and an RBI. Dan Heidenreich, Brady Goran and Jack Scribner added a hit each.

Grand Blanc shut out Lapeer 7-0 in the semifinal game. The Bobcats scored two in the first, one in the second, three in the third and one in the sixth. Brandon Smith and Titmuss combined to earn the win. Smith struck out five, walked five and allowed four hits over 5.1 innings and Titmuss struck out four.

Heidenreich was 3-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a run. Hoskins was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI. Zack Wurtz had a hit, an RBI and two runs. Blake Olah and Kranz had a hit and a run each.

Davison defeated Flint by forfeit in the other semifinal to advance to the title game. The Cardinals now travel to Saginaw Valley State University on Saturday to face Traverse City Central in the regional semifinal. The winner will play Midland or Saginaw Heritage for the title. – K.R.

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