Article courtesy of the MIPrepZone
DETROIT – Rochester couldn’t sustain its hot start against Northville in a Division 1 baseball quarterfinal played Tuesday at Harwell Field on the campus of Wayne State University, eventually dropping the game 9-5 and ending another memorable run in the state tournament.
The Falcons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, courtesy of a 2-run single by senior second baseman Ben Compton and a bases-loaded walk. But a disaster of a third inning spelled doom for Rochester, as Northville plated the first five runs of nine straight to give itself quite the cushion heading down the stretch.
Northville shortstop Kevin Morrissey clubbed a 2-run double to put the Mustangs ahead for good at 4-3. Morrissey finished the day 3-for-5 with three RBI. Junior hurler Jon Michalak scooped the win on the mound, going six innings, surrendering five hits, two earned runs and no walks.
Determined to not go quietly into the summer, Rochester scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to make things interesting. Seniors Tyler Frankhouse (third baseman) and Matt Hawke (shortstop) belted run-scoring hits to account for the final tally. Frankhouse doubled to left.
“I thought maybe we had some magic left in the tank, but they (Northville) were ready and closed it down after we made a little noise to start things off there in the seventh,” said Rochester skipper Eric Magiera of his team’s last-gasp effort.
This was the Falcons second trip in a row to the quarterfinals. They lost to Hartland at Harwell Field last year.
The 2017 Rochester squad went 30-12. Ten players depart the program via graduation.
“I couldn’t be more pride of these seniors, they turned everything around in our program the past four years and that’s a testament to their work ethic, leadership and love of the game,” Magiera said. “The expectations we have for ourselves as a team today and moving forward into the future weren’t here before they arrived and that’s a great legacy to leave.”
Heading on to the final four in East Lansing later this week, Northville sports a 29-10 mark. Catcher Billy Flohr and second baseman Alex Garbacik each went 2-for-3 with two RBI to help highlight the Mustangs’ offense.