A rare precipitation-free afternoon buoyed Plymouth Christian Academy’s varsity baseball team Thursday as the Eagles swept a doubleheader from Bloomfield Hills Roeper.
PCA roughed up the Roughriders 12-0 in Game 1, which ended after five innings due to the mercy rule. The Eagles followed that up with a 8-5 Michigan Independent Athletic Conference victory.
In the nightcap, the host Eagles spotted Roeper an early 3-0 lead but bounced back with five runs in the fifth. PCA never again trailed, despite giving up two runs in the seventh to close the gap.
“I like how the team is responding to being behind,” PCA coach Joe Bottorff said. “They don’t panic and keep following the game plan and take advantage of opportunities.”
Getting the fifth inning surge started was Adam Albert, with a bunt single and stolen base. He scored on a hit by Josh Mason.
Following that were hits by Will Crecelius, Austin Andres (double) and — with a couple errors sandwiched in between — Nathan Bishop, with one of the three singles he collected in the contest.
Going the distance on the mound was Tanner Hay, who struck out 11.
Also throwing a complete game for PCA was Mike Slater in Game 1, allowing just one hit and one walk while fanning nine in five innings.
A six-run first launched the Eagles’ attack. Key contributors were Josh Slater (three hits, three RBIs), Jordan Talbott (two doubles off the fence) and Jake Shook (single, double).
Other PCA hits were registered by Evan Wright, Mike Slater, Andres, Hay, Albert and Nick Andres.
Wildcats win two
Host Plymouth swept Wayne Memorial 5-0 and 7-0 Wednesday to improve to 16-7-1 overall and 9-3-1 in the KLAA South Division.
In the opener, Cameron Stella struck out 12 over 5 1/3 scoreless innings while Owen Spryszak came in to strike out all five Zebras he faced to close out the win.
Patrick Downing homered among two hits while Kyle Wolter and Ryan Elliott also collected a pair of safeties.
Game 2 went just as well for the Wildcats. Downing and Andrew Jossey went 2-for-3 while Stella had a 2-for-4 outing.
Combining to fan 13 Wayne batters were Josh Sulak, Regan Fleisher, Taylor Burke, Seth Hubbard and John Kochan.
Plymouth now is on a collision course with Livonia Franklin for the KLAA South championship. The Wildcats visit the Patriots (8-5-0 in the division) for a Wednesday twinbill that could decide matters.
SALEM 5-2, NOVI 1-1: On Wednesday, the visiting Rocks (11-8, 7-5) took both ends of the KLAA Central Division double-header against the Wildcats (8-13-1, 3-9-1).
Salem starter Tyler Brooks went all seven innings as the Rocks won the opener, 5-1. The senior right-hander scattered nine hits (without a walk) to go along with seven strikeouts.
Losing pitcher Jack Colliau allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits and three strikeouts in five innings before Brett Geiger finished up.
Salem scored five times in the third inning keyed by Josh Penn’s 2-run double and a Wes Ross 2-run single.
Alec Bageris, Scott Beaton and Joey Carn each collected two hits, while Brendan Wexler contributed an RBI in the loss.
In Game Two, Jacob Seipenko went the first six innings to pick up the victory allowing just four hits in a 2-1 triumph. Seipenko gave way to Erich Payne, who got two outs, and Eric Scott who came on for the final out and the save.
Losing pitcher Alec Bageris went the first 6.2 innings allowing two earned runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out three before Beaton got the final out following Alex Nicholson’s game-winning RBI sacrifice fly.
Bageris went 2-for-2 with a walk as the Wildcats left seven base runners stranded. Noah Matthews also had an RBI groundout.
SALEM 9, STEVENSON 8: On Thursday in a make-up game, the Rocks edged Livonia Stevenson to improve to 12-8, 8-5.