First-year coach Matt Evans had a happy group of Pirates on Wednesday after his baseball team swept Milford at home.
The Pirates (4-8-1 overall, 3-5 KLAA West) allowed three hits in the opener, which they won 5-2, then rallied with five runs in the sixth to take an 8-7 win in the nightcap.
“It’s a good feeling,” Evans said. “To come out and get the monkey off our back and win two tight games is something we haven’t experienced a lot. There wre a lot of smiles after the game.”
Zach Duke threw a three-hitter in the opener, allowing two doubles and a triple in a game the Pirates led from start to finish.
In the second game, Brandon DeForest got the win in relief after his brother Brad, hit a two-run double to key the sixth-inning rally, which finished with a pair of runs scoring on wild pitches.
The win lifted Pinckney into fifth place in the KLAA West, a half-game ahead of Grand Blanc.
Grand Blanc 6-0, Howell 2-5
GRAND BLANC – The Highlanders shut out the Cougars in the nightcap behind a complete game from Chris Ackerman.
Ackerman was a dominant in a 2-0 five-inning victory his team needed following a one-run, 6-5, walk-off defeat in the first game that Grand Blanc pulled off in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Howell’s Riley Bennett tallied four hits on the day while Spencer Ford had a two-hit game in the nightcap that helped the Highlanders (14-5, 6-4) earn the win.
Brighton 18, Huron Valley 5
MILFORD – With its win Wednesday night against Huron Valley, the Brighton boys lacrosse team put itself one win from clinching yet another Lakes Conference championship.
Ben Finnegan had a five-goal, four-assist night to lead the Bulldogs (10-2, 6-0). Jake Derosiers had eight points (five goals, three assists) while Dylan Mercier had four goals and a helper. Connor Konas made 10 saves.
Hartland 17, Walled Lake Northern 0
COMMERCE TWP. – Nico Candela and Ben Parks each had three goals for the Eagles (10-2, 5-1).
Justin Light, Andrew Spisz and Nathan Lipon added two goals apiece. Garnet Potter and Parks each added two assists.
Howell 15-11, Grand Blanc 4-4
GRAND BLANC – The Howell softball picked up a sweep of Grand Blanc on Wednesday behind two complete games from Elaina McClelland and Erin Utter.
McClelland started the first game and tossed six innings of one-run ball while striking out nine. Utter took the mound for the nightcap and threw seven innings to help the Highlanders to the sweep.
Amy Jarrett had four hits on the day, including two double and two RBIs while Blessing Amituanai hit a home run in the opening game.
Emily Pawelski was 3-for-4 in the second game, driving in four. Veronic Pezzoni notched three hits for Howell, which is now 9-1 atop the KLAA West and 13-4 overall.
Pinckney 5-2, Milford 2-17
PINCKNEY – Five Pirates had at least two hits in the opening-game victory over Milford, including Chelsea Wilson, who starred with a 3-for-4 night and two doubles. Ashley Wilson pitched Pinckney to the win over the second-place Milford squad.
Things fells apart for Pinckney in the second game as it lost in blowout fashion. Chelsea Wilson had a double.
Hartland 11-6 Brighton 2-2
BRIGHTON – Hartland (12-8, 6-4) swept the Bulldogs in a doubleheader Wednesday behind back-to-back big games from Madeline Skene. Skene went 2-for-5 with two doubles in the opener and then posted another two-hit game with a double in the nightcap.
Emily Barr went 3-for-3 in the second game for Brighton (1-13, 0-10) and Erin Kress had three hits in the two games.
Hartland 24, Huron Valley 3
WHITE LAKE TWP. – Amy Longe and Jordan Parry had four goals each for the Eagles (8-2, 5-0 Lakes) while Cassie Pankowski added three. Analise Kulpanowski, Alyssa Hopkins and Shelby Oliverio all chipped in two.