Trevon Godfrey looks up to Justin Verlander, so it’s no wonder that the East English Village senior pitcher has been hard to beat at Comerica Park.
For the second straight year, Godfrey put on a big show at the big field. He allowed a leadoff single but was unhittable the rest of the way, striking out 11 over five innings as the Bulldogs trounced Henry Ford, 13-1, in the Detroit PSL’s East-West championship game.
“It was actually a very good experience, going out on the mound for a second time, because I knew what it was like,” he said. “After the first inning, I got the feel of myself and calmed down a lot. It feels pretty good to come out here in front of everybody and kind of get a no-hitter. It felt great.”
East English Village coach Elbert Williams said Godfrey (10-1), who is the Bulldogs’ go-to guy, was cut out for a venue like Comerica.
“He does better on that mound than any of the city mounds. They’re all flat,” Williams said. “We came in with confidence. We own this when we come here.”
The Bulldogs (14-2, 11-1) piled up their runs on only eight hits. They walked six times, stole nine bases and benefited from several throwing errors and wild pitches.
“The first couple of innings were more competitive. I guess got the pitcher got tired, and it got really disappointing,” Williams said. “The kids were nervous. They started out nervous, and they settled down and played East English baseball.”
Both teams got their first run in the second inning without the benefit of a hit. In the top half, Henry Ford’s Jaleel Willis-Brady walked, stole second, and advanced home after two wild pitches. East English Village answered in nearly the same way: Malik Lewis walked, stole second, then went all the way home on the errant throw.
The floodgates opened once East English batters started getting on base. Curron Sutter-Neal led off the third with the Bulldogs’ first hit of the afternoon, a single to short, and he advanced to third on a throwing error and scored on Jalen Campbell’s ground ball. Kavon Moore walked and Jaylyn Stephens tripled him home. The next hitter, Godfrey, scored Stephens with a double.
Things got out of hand in the fourth, when East English sent 13 men to the plate against three pitchers who were fighting control issues. The Bulldogs started the inning with three straight singles and scored six times before making their first out.