PERRY — Two pitchers worked in harmony together as Laingsburg shutout Durand, 11-0, to win its second-straight MHSAA Baseball District crown here June 4. Coach Todd Randall’s Wolfpack (16-13 overall) advanced to play Regional play against Lansing Catholic Central, on the Cougars’ home field, June 8.
Ty Randall and Dom Garcia combined to whitewash the Railroaders. Ty got the start for Laingsburg, firing four innings, allowing one hit and zero runs while striking out ten.
Garcia induced a groundout to finish off the game in relief of Randall. Laingsburg scored at will, with Garcia going 4-for-4 at the plate; he singled in the first, doubled in the second, tripled in the fourth, and singled in the sixth. The Wolves got on the board in the first inning when Randall singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run. LHS scored four runs in the second inning.
The offensive onslaught was led by Cooper Wilson, Dom Garcia and Mo Garcia, all knocking in runs in the frame. The red-and- white tallied 11 hits, with Dom and Hayden Johnston all managing multiple safeties. Joslin started the game for Durand, going two innings, allowing six runs on four hits, striking out one and walking zero.
A. Kelley and Hager entered the game as relief, throwing three and two-thirds innings and one-third of an inning, respectively. Coach Randall’s charges advanced to the title game with an 18-12 slugfest win over Byron in the District semifinal. Despite allowing seven runs in the fourth inning, Laingsburg was able to prevail.
Bats blistered as LHS collected 15 hits and Byron tallied seven in the high-scoring affair. Ty Randall led things off on the pitcher’s mound for Laingsburg, allowing one hit and one run over three innings, striking out five and walking one. Lesperance was on the hill for the Eagles and took the loss. He went two and two-thirds innings, allowing ten runs on six hits and striking out one. Bedell, Hermann, and Bailey each contributed in relief for Byron, but could not hold off the Wolfpack onslaught.
The Wolfpack totaled 15 hits. Wilson, Kyle Thelen, Mo Garcia, Dom Garcia, Ty Randall and Ethan West all managed multiple knocks. Thelen swiped two stolen bases, as the Wolves ran wild on the base paths with eight steals.
Laingsburg Baseball Team Includes: Asst Coach Michael Simon, Luke Snyder, Nicholas Regan, Ethan West, Head Coach Todd Randall, Emilio Garcia, Kyle Thelen, Thomas Gousetis, Dominic Garcia, Asst. coach Al Rodriguez, Asst. Coach Andrew Atkinson, Cooper Wilson, Ty Randall, Hayden Johnston, Jackson Audretsch, Austin Hart, Cameron Ballard, Jayse Grettenberger, Elliot Wilsey