Western International High, fresh off winning its fifth consecutive Detroit Public School League baseball championship, now turns its attention to the MHSAA state tournament.
The Cowboys’ first game is Friday, June 1 at Clark Park in the district tournament. Their opponent is King High, the same team they beat 4-0 Wednesday to win the PSL Mega Division championship at Comerica Park.
“We didn’t play our best, but the good thing was our pitcher was on his best game,’’ Western coach Juan Sanchez said of sophomore Louis Chapa, who pitched a two-hitter with 13 strikeouts.
King senior pitcher Demetrius Bryant took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Antonio Ramirez blooped a first-pitch single to deliver Western’s first hit. An error by the right fielder opened the door for Western to score all four runs in the fifth inning.
“Unfortunately, it was that one play that turned it around, with the dropped fly ball in right field,”” Sanchez said. “I feel bad for the kid because it really opened the inning for us. Neither team outplayed each other. But we out-defensed them. We made more plays than they did. We didn’t play out best, but we did what we were supposed to do. I’m proud of my kids.”
Western (27-5) is considered a serious state championship contender after reaching the quarterfinals last year before losing 3-2 against Temperance-Bedford. The Cowboys have been featured this season in a full-page article in the Detroit Free Press http://saxo.highschoolsports.net/article/20120504/HSS/205040352/Four-time-defending-PSL-champs-Detroit-Western-aims-make-history?Avis=C4
and on the MHSAA website page, Second Half. http://secondhalf.mhsaa.com/mhsaa_archive/news/tabid/1150/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/1374/Cowboys-hoping-to-ride-into-Battle-Creek.aspx
CMA’s 11-1 victory against Henry Ford in the PSL East-West championship game completed the Pharaohs’ rise from the ashes after not having enough players last year to field a team.
Senior pitcher Omar Compton allowed just one hit and struck out six in the five-inning mercy victory for Coach Ray Stephen’s team (11-2 overall).