2022 MHSAA Tournament: Division 2 State Semifinal - Forest Hills Eastern vs Goodrich


Bruce Hefflinger and Dylan Hefflinger
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2022 MHSAA Tournament: Division 2 State Semifinal - Forest Hills Eastern vs Goodrich

EAST LANSING - Top-ranked Forest Hills Eastern advanced to the Division 2 state finals with a 6-0 blanking of Goodrich on Thursday afternoon.

Jacob Pallo took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with a two-hitter over 6.2 innings before Evan Parks came in to close out the victory for the Hawks.

Forest Hills Eastern scored one run in each of the second, third and fourth innings before putting three on the board in the sixth.

Brian Messing had a RBI single in the second, Caleb Kniper scored an unearned run in the third on a Parks’ base hit and Collin Fridsma had a run-scoring single in the fourth.

A Messing double opened the sixth and a Brendan Thompson single to right-center field made it 4-0. Fridsma and Parks added singles in the frame for the Hawks, which will face Grand Rapids Christian at 9 a.m. on Saturday for the state championship.

With two down in the sixth, Travis Liford singled for the first Goodrich hit and Noah Keller followed with another base hit for the fourth-rated D-2 team in the state before Pallo got out of the jam with a strikeout.

A two-out error, a wild pitch and a walk in the seventh ended the day for Pallo and Parks induced a ground out to finish the game.

Fridsma, Messing and Parks, a Butler commit, all had a pair of hits for Forest Hills Eastern, which had nine for the game.

HOT TAKES

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Pallo was dominant in pitching Forest Hills Eastern to the state title game. The junior right-hander allowed only three base runners until the sixth, first and fourth inning walks and a third inning HBP. Pallo finished with nine strikeouts, 3 walks and a HBP.

BIG MOMENT: Up 3-0, the Hawks put the game away sending seven to the plate in the sixth inning. Messing hit a double to left and moved to third on a ground out. Thompson scored Messing with a single and Fridsma followed with a bunt single. Kuiper reached on a fielder’s choice bunt, scoring Thompson and Parks capped the three-run inning with an RBI single to left-center bringing home Fridsma.

LINESCORE

Goodrich                      000  000  0  -  0  2  3
Forest Hills Eastern   011  103  x  -  6  9  2

Records: Forest Hills Eastern 38-4, Goodrich 37-3.

Winning Pitcher: Jacob Pallo (6.2 innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 9 strikeouts, 3 walks). Other: Evan Parks (0.1 innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 strikeouts, 0 walks).

Losing Pitcher: Noah Keller (5.1 innings, 6 runs, 5 earned runs, 8 hits, 9 strikeouts, 2 walks). Other: Brady Gauthier (0.2 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 strikeouts, 0 walks).

Leading Hitters: (Goodrich) - Travis Liford single; Noah Keller single. (Forest Hills Eastern) - Collin Fridsma 2 singles, run, RBI; Caleb Kniper run, RBI; Evan Parks 2 singles, 2 RBIs; Jacob Pallo single; Leo Hearn single; Brian Messing 2 singles, 2 runs, RBI; Brendan Thompson single, run, RBI; Walker Brockie run.

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