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Cool Hand Luke: McGuire leads Stevenson past Grosse Pointe South PHOTO GALLERY

  • Stevenson senior Luke McGuire (10) looks down the third-base line for the signals from coach Joe Emanuele. (Photo by Bill Roose)
  • Junior starter Zack Roth threw 52 pitches, including 33 strikes, in three innings of work in Stevenson's 5-4 win at Grosse Pointe South. (Photo by Bill Roose)
  • South junior Giovanni Lutfy rounds third base in the third inning. (Photo by Bill Roose)

Titans hold on to beat Blue Devils, 5-4

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GROSSE POINTE FARMS >> Senior Luke McGuire scored the winning run and picked up a save to help Stevenson remain undefeated in the MAC Red Division on Monday.

The 6-foot-1 right-hander scored in the third and tossed a scoreless seventh as the Titans held on for a 5-4 win at Grosse Pointe South.

McGuire’s appearance started dicey when South’s clean-up hitter, Jacob Bauer (two hits), lined a sharp single to center on the first pitch of the inning.

From there, McGuire managed to set the next three hitters down sandwiching a groundball out with two strikeouts.

“If they were going to beat him they were going to have to do things very well. He’s not going to let it happen,” Stevenson coach Joe Emanuele said. “He’s going to do a good job with his pitches and keeping runners where they’re supposed to be. Give them credit, they got that (leadoff) hit but he went to his curveball and got out of it.”

The Titans (9-0, 18-3) jumped to an early four-run lead by getting to GPS’s senior ace David Toth. Stevenson scored three runs in the second and added two more in the third.

But Toth settled down, allowing just one hit – an RBI double – after the second inning. Stevenson went up 5-1 on Steve Tamburro’s two-out double to leftfield that scored McGuire, who reached on a walk.

Stevenson scratched out four hits, but took advantage of five base-on-balls and one hit batter.

“They probably outhit us in the last four innings for sure,” Emanuele said. “But that early lead was huge because Toth is very good. He’s a hard thrower and we know he’s their ace. We were happy to get five (runs) from him. We didn’t think we were going to do that.”

Stevenson starter Zack Roth worked three innings, allowing three runs on six hits, before yielding to the relievers Johnny Tikkanen and McGuire.

Tikkanen, a junior, pitched three innings of one-run relief. The 5-foot-9 righthander surrendered one hit – a fifth-inning single to Joe Naporano (two hits) – and walked three.

“Really, the guy who did a great job was Tikkenen,” Emanuele said.

Stevenson also benefited from a pair of double plays which ended Blue Devils’ rallies in the second and fourth innings.

“Roth is a groundball guy and when we get groundballs we turn a lot of double plays, Emanuele said. “We didn’t exactly play so great in the infield today like we normally have, but when the balls on the ground those two guys in the middle (Tamburro and Mario Camilletti) do a good job of turning it.”

The Blue Devils (3-6, 9-13) had eight hits, all singles, but stranded nine runners on base.

“It’s kind of the way it’s been,” GPS coach Dan Griesbaum said. “We’ve lost, I think, eight one-run games now, and another two by two runs. The breaks are going to start falling for us. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter who has more hits, we gave them three unearned (runs) in the second that killed us.”

Last Updated: 5/8/2017 9:00:43 PM EST