Team Michigan Battles Back

Team Michigan carries dug themselves a hole to start the day but ended up showing good resolve battling back in the bottom of the 9th to tie Team Pennsylvania.

Oliver Jaskie (Forrest Hills Central) started for Team Michigan and pitched two innings.  The first inning Jaskie went 1-2-3 with a strike out.  Jaskie commanded the zone with three pitches for strikes.  

Meanwhile Brendan McKay, No. 2 prospect in Pennsylvania, did damage both with his arm and with his bat.  McKay struck out the side in the first and in the second delivered a blow with an 2-run double.  When it was all said and done, Pennsylvania had jumped out to a 4-0 lead.  

Team Michigan had countered with its own No. 2 prospect Brad Schaenzer (Lake Orion).  Schaenzer was impressive.  He sat 86-89 mph with a tight 75 mph breaking ball. Schaenzer tossed two scoreless punching out 5 in the process.

Team Michigan battled back in the bottom of the 4th by scoring two runs.  Jackson Overlund (Forrest Hills Central) kicked things off tripling off the left field wall and was score by AJ Montoya's (St. Joseph's) sac fly.  After a walk was issued, Kory Young hit shot off the left center wall scoring the second run.  Jacob Wahmhoff (Holland HS) cruised through the top half of the fifth in an all important shutdown inning and sat 82-85 mph with his fastball.

In the sixth inning, Michael Reid (Bishop Foley HS) was assisted by a outstanding relay cutting a run down at the plate. It was Overlund who started the play hitting Brent Showers (Rockford) with a perfect throw who relayed a strike to Sammy Stevens (Brother Rice) who applied the tag to cut down the run.  

Michael Hendrickson (Saline) came on in the seventh went 1-2-3 while only throwing an impressive seven pitches. Henrickson showed a solid breaking ball while sitting 82-84 mph.

The ninth inning belonged to Logan Magsig.  He started to the top half of the inning saw Magsig throw darts and say 84-86 mph.  He made quick work to Pennsylvania keeping Michigan within striking distance only down 5-4 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

The bottom half saw Magsig and Stevens lead off with back to back doubles to knot the score at five runs a piece.  Michigan couldn't muster enough to push across the final run although they did threaten with a man on second base.

Tomorrow's action will see Michigan take on Ohio at Parkland College at 10am and Michigan against Indiana immediately following.  Overall it was successful day for all of those involved.