Top 10 Michigan high school baseball performances from 2021 state finals

EAST LANSING, MI – The final weekend of high school athletic competition for the 2020-21 season was an energetic celebration on the Michigan State University campus.

Four baseball teams were crowned state champions in their respective divisions, while four other softball and girls’ soccer teams also celebrated state titles on nearby fields to end an otherwise stressful year with jubilation.

After losing an entire season in 2020 due to the initial COVID-19 pandemic, the spring athletes enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their talents on the biggest stage of their sport. Yesterday we showcased some of the best performances at state championships on the soccer field and softball field.

Today we’re putting the baseball diamonds in the spotlight by showcasing last weekend’s top 10 performances from McLane Stadium in East Lansing.

Grand Blanc Senior AJ Maxwell celebrates after slipping into third base with a triple during the fourth inning on Wednesday June 9, 2021 at Grand Blanc High School. Grand Blanc defeated Lapeer 10-1 in Division 1 regional baseball semi-final game (Jake May | MLive.com)Jake May

AJ Maxwell, Grand Blanc

The Bobcats senior left fielder made one of the weekend’s most impressive defensive games by turning a diving catch on a flyball into the center left of the field in the lower part of the first inning. The spectacular diving turned out to be a big momentum early on in an 8-3 win against Portage Central in the Division 1 state championship game, as it denied the Mustangs a potential RBI triple.

Maxwell also added a colorful single that triggered his team to sprint over six runs in the fifth inning to open an 8-0 lead. After he dropped the bunt, Maxwell overtook the attempted throw and advanced to second base due to a throwing error. A few pitches later, Maxwell scored a goal from base two and helped start what turned out to be a pivotal stretch of the Division 1 state championship game.

MHSAA 2021 Baseball State Finals - June 19, 2021

Matthew Greene, 5, of Grosse Pointe Woods University jogs back to the dugout after beating Traverse City St. Francis at McLane Baseball Stadium on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing during their 2021 MHSAA Division 3 baseball championship game has Saturday, June 19, 2021. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.com

Matthew Greene, Liggett University

The junior for the Knights ended with two hits and five RBI to knock his team off the plate during the Division 3 state championship game. Greene hit a double with two RBIs on the right field line in the fourth inning to help his team build an 8-0 lead, and added a base clearing triple in the fifth inning, bringing the score to 12-0 .

MHSAA 2021 Baseball State Finals - June 19, 2021

Sam Shea (10) of Kalamazoo Hackett pitches during their MHSAA Division 4 baseball state championship game 2021 against Marine City Cardinal Mooney at McLane Baseball Stadium on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing on Saturday, June 19, 2021. Kalamazoo Hackett won the game 9-2. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.com

Sam Shea, Kalamazoo Hackett

The senior pitcher for the Irish took victory from the hill in the Division 4 State Championship with just three hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings. He finished the game with 101 pitches to end his season with a 10-2 record as a starter.

MHSAA 2021 Baseball State Finals - June 19, 2021

Tommy Allman of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s (13) pitches during their MHSAA Division 2 State Baseball Championship game 2021 against Stevensville Lakeshore at McLane Baseball Stadium on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing on Saturday, June 19, 2021 . Orchard Lake St. Mary’s won the game 9-0. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.com

Tommy Allman, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

The senior for the Eaglets finished with seven strikeouts and only two hits through 6.1 innings and a total of 75 pitches in his team’s 9-0 win over Stevensville Lakeshore in the Division 2 State Championship Game. Allman ended his season with a perfect 11-0 record as a starter.

Portage Central vs. Battle Creek Lakeview

Portage Central designated hitter Gavin Brasosky, 14, rounds out third base after receiving a double homer during the fifth innings of the MHSAA regional semifinals at Gull Lake High School in Richland, Michigan on Wednesday June 9, 2021 scored against Battle Creek Lakeview. (Joel Bissell | MLive.com)Joel Bissell | MLive.com

Gavin Brasosky, Portage Central

The senior designated hitter recorded the only home run at McLane Stadium on Saturday when he shot a shot over the right fence for a two-run home run that reduced his team’s deficit to 8-3 in the lower part of the sixth inning of the game State Championship of Division 1.

MHSAA Division 2 Baseball Finals: Orchard Lake St. Mary's vs. Grand Rapids Catholic Central - June 15, 2019

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s infielder Alex Mooney (14) sprints to steal second base during their MHSAA Division 2 baseball game against Grand Rapids Catholic Central at McLane Stadium in East Lansing on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Orchard Lake St Mary’s won the game 8-1. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.com

Alex and Ryan Mooney, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s

The Eaglet brothers each recorded three bases stolen to set a game record at the MHSAA state championship. Alex, a senior shortstop on the team, and Ryan, a sophomore outfielder, combined for six of their team’s 12 stolen bases, which set a new MHSAA championship game record with a 9-0 win over Stevensville Lakeshore in the Division 2 title Game.

Grand Blanc defeated Lapeer 10-1 in the boys division 1 baseball regional semi-finals

The Grand Blanc Boys’ baseball players will gather in front of the dugout between innings on Wednesday June 9, 2021 at Grand Blanc High School. Grand Blanc defeated Lapeer 10-1 in Division 1 regional baseball semi-final game (Jake May | MLive.com)Jake May

Grand Blanc head coach Kevin Hubbs

The fifth-year head coach of the Bobcats passed the 100-victory mark last weekend as he prepared his team for victories against Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice (9-1) and with an 8-3 win over 101 career university victories scored Portage Central in the Division 1 state championship game.

MHSAA 2021 Baseball State Finals - June 19, 2021

Jack Jones (12) of Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett throws during their MHSAA Division 3 state baseball game 2021 against Traverse City St. Francis at McLane Baseball Stadium on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing on Saturday June 19 , a pitch. 2021. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.com

Jack Jones, Liggett University

The second pitcher for the Knights picked up victory from the hill in the Division 3 state championship game with six strikeouts and just three hits in a 12-0 win over Traverse City St. Francis in five innings. The Michigan State Commit also added a hit, two RBI, and two runs scored by the record to help its own cause.

Forest Hills Northern Baseball defeats Kalamazoo Hackett at LMCU Ballpark

– Kalamazoo Hackett’s Liam Mann watches Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern pitcher Connery Foley during a high school baseball game against Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern on Saturday April 24, 2021 at LMCU Ballpark in Grand Rapids. Patrick Nothaft | MLive.comPatrick Nothaft | MLive.com

Liam Mann, Kalamazoo Hackett

The Irish’s second utility player demonstrated his speed on the base trails during the Division 4 state championship with three stolen bases. In the lower part of the fifth inning, Mann stole second base after pinching his teammate Alex bubbles, and continued to steal third base a few pitches later. At the end of the sixth inning, Mann added his third stolen base of the game and eventually scored the final run of the game to help his team take a 9-2 advantage late in the game.

MHSAA 2021 Baseball State Finals - June 19, 2021

Reginald Sharpe (9) of Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett plays the ball during their MHSAA Division 3 state baseball championship game 2021 against Traverse City St. Francis at McLane Baseball Stadium on the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing on Saturday, March 19 June. 2021. (Mike Mulholland | MLive.com)Mike Mulholland | MLive.com

Reggie Sharpe, Liggett University

The second infielder for the Knights ended the game with two hits, three RBI, a walk and two runs that helped his team to a 12-0 win over Traverse City St. Francis in the Division 3 state championship game. The University of Michigan commit had an RBI single in the second inning, an RBI single in the fourth inning, and another RBI single in the fifth inning.

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