High school baseball: Cougars pitch way to regional crown

High school baseball: Cougars pitch way to regional crown


High school baseball: Cougars pitch way to regional crown


The Lansing Catholic baseball team had not allowed a run in the state tournament entering Saturday’s Division 3 regional final against Olivet.

That streak was broken after 301/3 innings pitched, but the Cougars (29-6) still prevailed, winning 5-1 at Kircher/Municipal Park.

“They threw a lot of strikes all day,” Lansing Catholic coach Mike Scott said. “It’s not just one guy either. It’s been one, two, three, four and five in this tournament.”

The Cougars now advance to the state quarterfinals, where they will face Parchment at noon on Tuesday at Michigan State’s McLane Baseball Stadium.

Senior Mike DeClarke picked up the win against the Eagles (23-15), throwing a complete game and yielding just four hits and one unearned run.

The team’s scoreless streak was broken in the fourth inning when Olivet senior first baseman Hector Zaremba got the Eagles on the board with a sacrifice fly.

The Cougars have still yet to allow an earned run in the state tournament.

“We have confidence to throw strikes whenever we need it,” DeClarke said. “We go out there with confidence to pitch with a lead and give our team a chance to win.”

Of the five runs that Lansing Catholic scored in the final, four of them came on sacrifice flies and errors. The only hit that earned an RBI was a two-out double by junior third baseman Nate Warriner.

Despite a brief celebration after the game, all the focus was on Tuesday’s quarterfinal.

“You want to get down to Battle Creek, but it doesn’t matter if you don’t get past East Lansing first,” Scott said. “We have to take care of business.”

Lansing Catholic reached Saturday’s title game with a 3-0 win earlier in the day over Grand Rapids Northpointe Christian (21-8).

Junior Dillon Rush threw six shutout innings for the win.

In the other semifinal, senior center fielder Tanner McCarn’s two home runs against Saranac (17-16) paced Olivet in a 9-2 victory.

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