Detroit Public Schools 2016 Baseball Championships

On a perfect day for baseball, the Detroit Public School League crowned champions in the East-West and Mega Divisions.

In the East/West Division Championship the Henry Ford Trojans (7-1) faced the Osborn Knights (8-0) in a rematch of the first game of the season that saw the Knights come away with the win.  The Trojans tried to change their fate by putting up 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning, but an error-ridden bottom half allowed ten runs to cross the plate.  The uphill battle proved to be too much for the Trojans as Osborn claimed the championship 18-4.

 

 

The Mega Division Championship game was the rubber match between 8-time defending champion the Western International Cowboys (10-1-1) vs the Renaissance Phoenix (8-3).  The Phoenix jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one and extended the lead to three runs after 2 innings.  The defending champions didn’t lay around dormant for long and put up four runs to take the lead after 3.  Not to be outdone Renaissance scored two more runs and once again took a one run lead.

The game would come down to a few key plays by both teams. With the based loaded in the 5th inning the Cowboys Logan Foster successfully executed a squeeze bunt to tie the game at 5-5. After cutting the Cowboys lead to 8-6 lead the Phoenix found themselves in a dicey position with Western runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs.  Malik Abdul was able to keep runners from crossing home  with the infield playing in with clutch pitching.

Headed into the 7th inning Renaissance needed base runners and they got that with a lead off walk and catcher Joe Smith got his 3rd hit to right field, but the lead runner was thrown out by a laser thrown by right fielder Enrique Sawicki. That halted any chances for the Phoenix and the Cowboys clinched their ninth consecutive city championship.

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