Cameron Kemp ‘19: The Varsity boys baseball team started off the new week and a new series against Utica Henry Ford on Monday, April 30. This series is vital considering Ford is a conference team and it’s a three game series. Ace pitcher, Kaden Stively ‘19, gave up only one run while striking out nine and leading his team to the 5-1 victory. Leading the five run charge on offense, Blake McRae ‘19, came up with three hits including two doubles. Patrick Vinckier ‘19 drove in two with a double, while Matthew Staelgraeve ‘18 singled in a run.
“We are hitting the ball well and playing good team ball,” said center fielder, Blake McRae ‘19. “Kaden did his job on the mound and we got a good early win in our conference series vs Ford. It was an important win because we need to win this series to take 1st place in our conference.”
This game moved the boys record to an excellent 11-4, as well as a 5-2 conference record. Games still to play this week against Ford on Tuesday, May 1 at home, Wednesday, May 2 at Ford, and Thursday, May 3 at Comerica Park against Bloomfield Hills.
Cameron Kemp ‘19: On Tuesday, May 1 the Bulldogs played the second game of the three game series. After winning the first game, the boys knew this was a chance to win another series. Pitching on the mound, Christian Smith ‘18 led the team to the 17-2 win by giving up only 2 in a 3 inning outing. Offensively the Bulldogs hit the ball extremely well. Matthew Staelgraeve ‘18 player a career game hitting two home runs, a double, and driving in five runs. Patrick Vinckier ‘19 went there for three with two RBI’s. Jeffrey Catron ‘19 also drove in two runs while coming up with two hits. Blake McRae ‘19 also impacted the game driving in four runs.
“Everyone was hitting the ball great and we were able to take the quick win“ said Matthew Staelgraeve ‘18.
The Bulldogs will finish the series Wednesday at Utica Ford, and still are set to play Bloomfield Hills at Comerica Park on Thursday.
Justin McNulty ‘20 and Adam Sebastian ‘19: Romeo Baseball defeated the Blackhawks of Bloomfield Hills 6-4, in a non conference exhibition game, played at Comerica Park, for the first time in program history.
Due to the game being hosted at a special venue, coaches of the two teams decided to give everyone a chance to play by allowing the entire team the chance to step up to home plate. The Bulldogs batted 16 players deep while the Blackhawks similarly batted a more than the traditional nine hitters.
Patrick Vinckier ‘19 started on the rubber for Romeo, shutting down the Blackhawks lineup in the early innings of the game. Many pitchers came on in relief of Vinckier including Matt Boeve ‘19 who finished off the game with a one out save. The team’s offensive attack, backed by Jeffrey Catron ‘19, Matthew Staelgraeve ‘18, Nathan Rinke ‘18, Rhett Stahovec ‘18, and Vinckier, proved to much for the Blackhawks pitching in the end.
“I don’t even know how to describe it…The feeling of stepping out on that field was unreal,” Rinke ‘18 said. “I’m glad our team could have that experience and opportunity and hopefully it’ll continue as a tradition for years to come.”
Romeo resumes league play next week with a three game series kicking off Monday against L’Anse Creuse high school, and takes on Stoney Creek for a weekend double header.