Western International to play Tuesday at U-M in MHSAA Division 1 baseball quarterfinals

Western International will represent the Detroit Public School League in the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 1 baseball quarterfinals after winning the regional championship Saturday with an 8-5 victory against host University of Detroit- Jesuit.

Coach Mike Vazquez’s Cowboys will play Temperance Bedford at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Michigan, with the winner advancing to the state semifinals Friday at Battle Creek’s Bailey Park.

Western International High's baseball teamAccording to Terrence Butler, Western International athletic coordinator, the Cowboys’ quarterfinals berth marks the farthest the school has advanced in the last 20 years, and probably is the best state tourney showing in the history of its baseball program.

In Saturday’s regional opener, the four-time defending PSL champions defeated league rival King 7-1 as Cowboys’ freshman Luis Chapa pitched seven innings for the victory, allowing just one unearned run and three hits. Chapa also stood out at the plate, going 2-for-4.

Sophomore Jose Ramon Morales pitched the regional championship game against U-D Jesuit, striking out six and scattering six hits while picking off a base runner and assisting in a rally-killing double-play. Sophomore Hector Guttierez was 3-for-3 with a triple, three RBI and scored twice to lead Western’s offense.

Tuesday’s quarterfinal game will be telecast on tape-delay Wednesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. on Comcast Channel  900.

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