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Once again, Brother Rice too much for St. Mary's, as Warriors win CHSL title WITH PHOTO GALLERY AND TOUT VIDEOS

  • Birmingham Brother Rice's Matt Ruppenthal delivers a pitch to the plate during his team's 7-1 win over Orchard Lake St. Mary's in Thursday's Catholic League A-B championship game. (Photo Gallery for the Oakland Press by Tom Tomich)
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DETROIT – Champions again.

Birmingham Brother Rice won its third consecutive Catholic League baseball title (A-B Division) Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park, barreling past Orchard Lake St. Mary’s 7-1.

The Warriors’ performance was as balanced as can be.

All-American senior pitcher Matt Ruppenthal recorded the victory on the mound, striking out seven, while sophomore standout Karl Kauffmann worked the final three innings, fanning eight in relief.

From the plate, the Warriors’ assault was spread out, seeing six different players accumulate RBI on the day. Helping his cause toeing the slab, Ruppenthal led the way with a pair, including a sacrifice fly to give Brother Rice an early 2-0 advantage.

“These guys are playing for each other right now, I’m very proud of that,” Warriors head coach Bob Rikher said.

The skipper’s entire senior class have been on varsity since they were freshmen.

“They’ve certainly done a lot of winning around here,” he said.

Brother Rice is 28-2, ranked No. 2 in the state. Last season, the Warriors fell in the state finals.

St. Mary’s dropped to 15-14. Centerfielder Devin Rose added the lone RBI for the Eaglets.

Last Updated: 5/16/2014 5:28:26 AM EST

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