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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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