Farmington’s offense was running in high gear Saturday, scoring 30 runs in three baseball games to win the championship of the annual Farmington Invitational.
The Falcons, who had 28 hits in their last two games, defeated Westland John Glenn, 7-1; Alliance (Ohio), 11-7; and South Lyon, 12-5.
Senior catcher Nik Campbell sparked the offense in the final game, going 3-for-4 and driving in six runs.
Junior Alex Manasa was 2-for-5, sophomore Collin Finn 2-for-3 and junior Dan Carty 2-for-4. All three scored two runs. Carty and junior Lance Lovett had one RBI apiece.
Sophomore Scott Newhard pitched four innings, and sophomore Elliott Edsall finished with three innings of scoreless relief, striking out five and walking one.
Manasa and Campbell also had big games at the plate in the win over Alliance. Both went 4-for-5. Manasa drove in six runs and Campbell two.
Sophomore Artie Bentley was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Senior Ryan Coucke and Lovett each had a hit and an RBI. Campbell’s on-base success led to three runs being scored.
Junior Jake Brewer started on the mound. Edsall pitched several more innings before Manasa closed out the game. Junior Derek Strickland pitched a complete game in the opener.
“It was a good day for the Falcons,” coach Pete Finn said. Farmington was 13-10 overall entering the week.
Hawks bag Maples
Senior Trevor Friday pitched a complete game Monday as Harrison edged visiting Birmingham Seaholm, 5-4. He scattered seven hits, struck out seven and walked three.
Andrew Brown was 2-for-3 with a run-scoring double and an RBI squeeze bunt that drove in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 5-1 lead.
“Andrew has improved so much since the season started and is now one of our top offensive and defensive players,” coach Pete Lamerato said. “The squeeze play was really clutch.
“Trevor threw as well as I’ve seen him, hitting his spots. For the first five innings, he was completely dominant and only gave up two bunt singles.”
David Vinsky, Nico Janigian and Caleb Salaam had one RBI apiece for the Hawks. The second game Monday was suspended with Harrison leading, 3-2.
The Hawks won the consolation title Saturday in the Farmington Invitational with a 17-7 win over North Farmington.
Harrison started with a five-run first inning, but the teams were tied, 7-7, after the Raiders scored five times in the top of the fifth. The Hawks answered with six runs in the bottom of the fifth and added four more in the sixth.
Harrison outhit North, 12-9. Vinsky had three hits and Tommy Williams two. Williams also knocked in three runs, Janigian and Brown two apiece. North’s Brett Kramer had two hits.
Williams was the winning pitcher, striking out six in the six-inning game. Each team made four errors. The Hawks benefited from nine walks and four hit-batsmen.
Groves tops North
The Falcons scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning Monday and defeated the visiting Raiders in an OAA White Division game, 5-1.
Kyle Sherman pitched a compete game for Groves, which outhit North, 7-3. The loss went to Alex Darden, who struck out 13.
Doug Roche drove in two runs for the Falcons, Malik Brown one. Kyle Penny knocked in the lone North run.
In the first game of the Farmington Invite, Frank Zak pitched a complete game and struck out eight Saturday as the Raiders blanked Milford, 3-0.
It was the first time all season the Mavericks, who had been averaging 7-8 runs per game, were shut out. Zak threw just 60-plus pitches.
North lost its second game to St. Clair Shores Lake Shore, 5-3. The Shorians scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-2 lead.
Harrison Milen pitched four innings for the Raiders and fanned five; Erik Kappen worked the last two. Kramer had an RBI.
Junior Ryan Menifee pitched a two-hit shutout, struck out 11 and walked one Monday in Clarenceville’s 6-0 win over Annapolis.
The victory put the Trojans, who are 4-1 in the WWAC White Division, in sole possession of second place, just one game behind Redford Union.
“Ryan was very good today,” coach Craig Cotter said. “He mixed up his pitches well, changed the eye level of hitters and kept them off balance all game.”
In the fourth inning of a scoreless game, Mitch Kubiak led off with a single; Adam Sade walked and Ronnie Topolewski hit a two-run double to center field.
Freshman Nick Bisaro singled Topolewski to third, and Menifee ripped a two-out double down the left-field line for a 4-0 lead.
“It was great to finally put a big inning together,” Cotter said. “We have been struggling to get hits with men in scoring position.”
The Trojans scored two more times in the sixth. Topolewski legged out a check swing to the pitcher, who could not find the handle, and later scored on a passed ball.
Pinch-hitter Kam MacIver ripped an RBI single to right-center to score the sixth run.
“Kam had a great at-bat,” Cotter said. “He fouled off a couple two-strike pitches and then got a pitch he could drive.”