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  • Walled Lake Central junior pitcher Collin Gotschalk makes a running grab of a pop up near the dugout during the third inning of a 10-1 victory over crosstown rival Walled Lake Northern in a game played at Northern in Commerce Twp. on Thursday, May 15. (Photo Gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central senior centerfielder Mike Morelli gets high fives from teammates after making a spectacular diving catch to end the fourth inning of a game against crosstown rival Walled Lake Northern. The Vikings won the game played at Northern in Commerce Twp. on Thursday, May 15 10-1 to clinch the city championship and the KLAA North. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central senior Zach Kallgren tries to turn a double play in the fourth inning of a 10-1 victory over crosstown rival Walled Lake Northern. The victory secured a KLAA North division championship for the Vikings. The game was played at Northern in Commerce Twp. on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Northern junior catcher David Wilner makes a play on a sacrifice bunt in the third inning of a 10-1 loss to crosstown rival Walled Lake Central. The game was played at Northern in Commerce Twp. on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
  • Walled Lake Central thumps Walled Lake Northern 10-1 to clinch KLAA North in a baseball game played at Walled Lake Northern High School in Commerce Township on Thursday, May 15. (Photo gallery by PATRICK McINTYRE for The Oakland Press)
COMMERCE TWP. — Everybody contributed offensively for Walled Lake Central as the Vikings pumped out 10 runs on 15 hits while Junior Collin Gottschalk kept the crosstown rival Walled Lake Northern bats mostly silent, claiming a 10-1 road victory that secured a city championship and the Kensington Lakes Activities Association North Division crown.

“We’ve been doing this all year,” Central head coach Mike Roffi said. “That’s what we do. We just hit the ball. We’re all business. They’ve been like this since day one.”

All of the Vikings (25-4, 11-2) who started contributed offensively, but they were paced by Ben Besh who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Ben Vigliarolo who went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Central batted around in the fifth inning and plated five runs in the frame. The Vikings also picked up two runs in the second and third innings while they were able to score a single run in the sixth inning.

Gottshcalk earned the complete game victory, improving to 6-1 on the year, allowing just one unearned run on five hits and two walks while striking out two batters in seven innings of work.

“Collin Gottschalk is only a junior,” Roffi said. “He throws 85 MPH, and he has every bit of stuff to play at the next level.”

The only time Northern threatened to mount a rally was cut short when centerfielder Mike Morelli made a spectacular diving catch on the run where he was parallel to the ground in the air and slid on the wet, muddy grass for six or seven feet after landing. The Knights had already plated a run in the inning, and had a runner on base when Morelli made the catch, preserving a 4-1 lead at the time.

The victory marks the fourth time in four years that the Vikings have won the KLAA North.

Roffi said the Vikings have three goals at the beginning of each year:

"One, to win our city championship, which we did today. Two, to win the division, and three to win districts. We’re two out of three right now.”

Roffi credits the depth of his pitching staff for his squad’s success, and doesn’t worry too much about playing five games in three days, as the Vikings began today through Saturday. He said this year’s squad has more depth than any he’s coached in the 10 years he’s been at Central.

Northern (9-10, 6-7) will have a chance to get back at the Vikings for a regular season sweep when the two teams face off in a predistrict game on May 27.

“Looking forward to having our No. 1 out there, Ryan Snyder who pitched a great game (against Central) last Thursday,” Northern coach Kevin LaPlante said. “We’re looking forward to going against their best and throwing our best and getting after it.”

Northern has a doubleheader at Mott Friday while Central will play two against Lakeland at home on Friday.

Last Updated: 5/15/2014 10:23:19 PM EST

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