Hawks get hot at end of baseball regular season

Hawks get hot at end of baseball regular season


Hawks get hot at end of baseball regular season


Baseball in a Glove

Baseball in a Glove

Junior outfielder David Vinsky continued his torrid hitting pace last week as Harrison High School won seven of its last 10 baseball games to finish the regular season with a 15-19 record.

The Hawks split a pair of games with Southgate Anderson in their final two, losing 5-3 Tuesday at Anderson and winning 7-5 Wednesday at Harrison.

Vinsky and junior Tommy Williams were 3-for-4 and drove in two runs each in the victory. One of Vinsky’s hits was a triple.

Senior John Rexroth worked 51/3 innings to gain the pitching win, and Vinsky threw a scoreless seventh to earn a save.

The Hawks made better use of their hits despite a 13-8 deficit in that category. Harrison had a 5-0 lead after two innings and added single runs in the fourth and fifth to make the score 7-3.

Vinsky broke the single-season school record for hits. He had 60 going into the district tournament Saturday and was hitting .496 with 16 doubles (school record), six triples, 32 RBIs, 32 runs scored and 18 stolen bases.

“David is playing as well as any player I ever coached,” Harrison coach Pete Lamerato said. “The hits record is one of our most important records for the players.

“Drew Stanton set the bar high in 2001 with 55 hits. Steven Pelletier broke the record in 2009 with 56, and now David has attained the top spot.”

He added Vinsky is having an all-state kind of season and is definitely a Division I college prospect.

“He hits the ball to all fields and is one of the most dangerous hitters I have ever been around,” Lamerato said, adding Stanton was all-state in 2001 and 2002 in baseball.

“David is having an even better year than Drew. There is no question in my mind he should get all-state consideration.”

The Hawks are scheduled to play district host North Farmington in the first game at 10 a.m. Saturday. Farmington and Livonia Stevenson meet in the second game. The final game will follow that one.

“We’re hoping David, as well as Jared Char, Tommy Williams and Trevor Friday, can carry us to the district championship Saturday,” Lamerato said.

“It will be a tough game. I’m sure North Farmington will come at us with (top pitcher) Alex Darden, and we will need to be as focused as possible to win.

“This team has shown a lot of resolve down the stretch. We are playing our best baseball of the season, and we are very confident.”

In the Tuesday game with Southgate, Harrison led 3-2 after one inning. The Titans tied the score in the third and won the game with two runs in the fourth.

The Hawks had a 6-5 edge in hits, but they also made five errors. Vinsky had two hits; Friday and Ray Klimas each had one RBI.

North nips Kennedy

The Raiders broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday and held on to beat host Taylor Kennedy, 2-1.

Brett Kramer and Doug Williams had two hits apiece to lead North. Williams also knocked in one of the runs. The Raiders outhit the Eagles, 8-6.

Eagles oust Trojans

Redford Union won all three baseball games with Clarenceville this year, including a 5-0 victory Tuesday in a Division 2 predistrict game.

“All you can do is tip your hat to them,” Clarenceville coach Craig Cotter said of the Panthers. “We have played them tough three times. We could never get the big hit with runners in scoring position like they could.”

That was a major issue for the Trojans all season. They lost four games by one run. The Trojans outhit each opponent with no errors in the field in each of those games, but they either made mental mistakes or couldn’t get a clutch hit.

“As a team, we were getting on base almost 40 percent of the time in every game,” Cotter said. “We just could not bring them home.”

The Trojans only had three hits Tuesday, one each by Justin Kelley, Ryan Menifee and Mitch Kubiak. Menifee took the loss but pitched well enough to give the Trojans a chance.

“Ryan has been our ace all year,” Cotter said. “Every time he took the mound, we had a chance to win.”

Clarenceville finished with an 8-18-1 record, which is a three-game improvement over last year.

“Even though we only won three more games, our team made big improvements from last year,” Cotter said. “We lose only two seniors, so I anticipate being even better next year.”


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