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Birmingham Brother Rice ties, falls to Stevenson in early-season doubleheader WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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  • Stevenson traveled to Troy to take on Birmingham Brother Rice Monday afternoon in an early-season doubleheader. The Titans beat the Warriors 6-1 in the first game, while the two teams tied, 3-3, in the nightcap. (Photo gallery by Kevin Lozon/MIPrepZone)
TROY Sterling Heights Stevenson and Birmingham Brother Rice both have high hopes of making runs at a Division 1 state baseball championship this season.

What better way is there to find out where your team is at than to play an early-season doubleheader, which is what took place on Brother Rice's home field Monday afternoon.

The Titans, playing their season-opener, received an outstanding pitching performance from seniors Zack McGuire and Brandon Hughes, who combined to toss a three-hitter as Stevenson rolled to a 6-1 Game 1 victory.

"This is a good game to start with," Stevenson coach Joe Emanuele said. "Coming here on the bus, there wasn't a word spoken. This was a game that was a benchmark for them. These kids will play hard in that situation."

McGuire started on the hill and tossed the first five innings, earning the win. He allowed no runs on three hits and striking out five.

Hughes pitched the final two innings, allowing one run without allowing a hit and striking out three.

"Zack was really good," Emanuele said. "He's a kid that really prepares and does everything the right way. There's a reason why he's so successful in everything he does. He's a kid that all these guys look up to."

Stevenson scored a run in the first inning on an RBI single by Brandon Williams, who added an RBI double in the third inning, staking the Titans to a 3-0 lead.

The Titans added an unearned run in the sixth inning, before Riley McCauley blasted a two-run home run in the seventh.

"It was a good start," Emanuele said. "When you have a bunch of old guys in your lineup, they don't get messed up and they stay focused. It's the younger teams that struggle with (not going outside for practice). I fully anticipated us coming out here and playing well."

Dean Emanuele added a double and two runs for Stevenson, while Williams also scored twice.

"They basically handed it to us the whole time," Brother Rice coach Bob Riker said. "We got their No. 1 and No. 2 pitchers and our guys came out and played like little leaguers. We played kind of selfish and didn't really do anything. We didn't get a hit until the fourth inning and I think it was a swinging bunt.

"(Stevenson's) a good club and they're well-coached," Riker added. "They swing the bat well and beat us handily. That's the type of team you're going to have to beat if you want to win a state title. Our team has a lot of work to do."

The Warriors scored their lone run in the sixth inning when Nick Plummer walked and eventually scored on a Titan throwing error after stealing third base.

Brother Rice starting pitcher Dominic Downs hurled the first three innings and took the loss, allowing three runs on five hits and striking out two.

In the nightcap, the Titans and Warriors battled to a 3-3 tie with the game called after six innings due to darkness.

Stevenson was led by Maguire with two hits and two RBIs, while Hughes scored two runs. Andrew Papadelas contributed a hit and a run scored, while Joe Wolf and Jake Rogers combined on a four-hitter with six strikeouts.

Brother Rice was paced by Davis Feldman, who had a two-run triple, scoring Matt Ruppenthal and Bobby Cross, who both singled.

The Titans' record stands at 1-0-1 overall, while Brother Rice is 2-1-1.



Last Updated: 3/31/2014 10:33:13 PM EST

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