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PREP NOTEBOOK: N. Farmington's 'Rally Raiders' rain on rivals parade, WL Western baseball crew turns corner WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • North Farmington was coming through in the clutch late every time it faced it's arch-rival, Farmington, this spring on the baseball diamond (Oakland Press file photo)
  • North Farmington was coming through in the clutch late every time it faced it's arch-rival, Farmington, this spring on the baseball diamond (Oakland Press file photo)
  • North Farmington was coming through in the clutch late every time it faced it's arch-rival, Farmington, this spring on the baseball diamond (Oakland Press file photo)
  • North Farmington was coming through in the clutch late every time it faced it's arch-rival, Farmington, this spring on the baseball diamond (Oakland Press file photo)
  • North Farmington was coming through in the clutch late every time it faced it's arch-rival, Farmington, this spring on the baseball diamond (Oakland Press file photo)
  • Walled Lake Western's baseball team seems to be gelling at the right time this season. The Warriors enter this week in the midst of a four-game winning streak. (Oakland Press file photo)
  • Walled Lake Western's baseball team seems to be gelling at the right time this season. The Warriors enter this week in the midst of a four-game winning streak. (Oakland Press file photo)
  • Walled Lake Western's baseball team seems to be gelling at the right time this season. The Warriors enter this week in the midst of a four-game winning streak. (Oakland Press file photo)
  • Walled Lake Western's baseball team seems to be gelling at the right time this season. The Warriors enter this week in the midst of a four-game winning streak. (Oakland Press file photo)
  • Orchard Lake St. Mary's senior basketball star Roger Hood committed to Kalamazoo College last week (Oakland Press file photo)
  • Walled Lake Central all-league senior point guard Justin Nafso (#3) signed to play at Rochester College last week. (Oakland Press file photoP
  • Brother Rice two-sport star Shon Powell will be playing football at the next level, committing to Kalamazoo College (Oakland Press file photo)
North Farmington’s baseball club transformed into the “Comeback Kids” whenever it met cross-town rival Farmington this spring, staging three straight late-inning comebacks to earn a regular-season series sweep.

Last Wednesday, the Raiders rallied from a 3-2 deficit in the bottom of the sixth inning at home to prevail 7-3, plating five runs in a matter of minutes. The team’s No. 9 hitter, Harrison Milen’s infield single started the turn-around and catcher Brooks Reno bloop-single into centerfield proved the game-winner.

Just two days prior, almost the exact same thing happened when North Farmington tripped the Falcons up on the road, 6-4, with more late-inning drama. Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of six, North Farmington tied it up via a Brett Kramer 2-RBI double and then went ahead for good in the seventh on a wild throw to first on the heels of a bunt-single by third basemen Austin Hill that put Frank Zak into position to score the winning run.

In both games versus Farmington last week, junior outfielder Evan McMurray ripped insurance RBI-singles. McMurray laced a walk-off base-knock in the bottom of the seventh to beat Farmington in the two squads’ first meeting of the year.

“Getting the season sweep over those guys the way we did is extra sweet,” North Farmington head coach Mike O’Connell said. “It’s like my birthday and Christmas all rolled into one.”

O’Connell’s Raiders are roaring. Looking to repeat as league and district champions, North Farmington is 18-3 entering play this week.

Starting to come around

Walled Lake Western looks to be finally finding its stride on the baseball diamond in 2014. Opening the season a dismal 1-8, the Warriors are currently riding a four-game win-streak and are pulling close to the .500 mark at 9-10.

On Saturday, Western grabbed a pair of victories in a round-robin they hosted with Livonia Clarenceville and Vicksburg, snaring both wins via the mercy rule in five innings of action. To kick things off, the Warriors trounced Clarenceville 13 -3. Building on their early momentum, they would go on to thrash Vicksburg 14-4 in the final game of the day.

Jalen Cooper continued to shred at the plate to spark Western’s offense, going 2-for-3 with two triples and 4 RBI in Game 1. Back on Thursday, Cooper and Saginaw Valley State-recruit David Walczyk each crushed twin homers in the Warriors sweep of Waterford Mott in a doubleheader.

Aaron San Juan went 2-for4 with 5 RBI and Parker Murdie was 3-for-3 with 3 RBI to lead Western’s bats against Vicksburg in the second game.

Michigan State-bound hurler Andrew Gonzales has been a workhorse pacing the Warriors pitching staff.

Taking the next step

Orchard Lake St. Mary's athletes Joe Giacalone and Roger Hood, Birmingham Brother Rice football star Shon Powell and Walled Lake Central boys basketball star Justin Nafso all recently found places to play their respective sports in college.

Giacalone, a standout pitcher for the Eaglets on the diamond and Hood, a sweet-stroking small forward on the hardwood with a significant "upside," both committed to Kalamazoo College.

Powell, shifty and slippery as can be out of the backfield on the gridiron (he's also an all-Catholic League selection on the wrestling mat) will be joining Giacalone and Hood at Kalamazoo, pledging his allegiance to the Hornets' football program.

Nafso, one of the top floor generals on the Oakland County prep hoops scene in the winter, landed at Rochester College.

Tweets of the week

"I'll be there one day man...#dream chasing" - Birmingham Detroit Country Day senior football star and Boston College-signee Richie Wilson while watching this year's NFL Draft.

"Every second of every minute I'm getting closer (to the 2015 NFL Draft)... only time will tell," former Farmington Hills Harrison and current Michigan tight end Devin Funchess, while watching this year's NFL Draft

Last Updated: 5/13/2014 12:30:29 PM EST

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