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West Bloomfield completes upset of No. 2 Birmingham Brother Rice WITH PHOTO GALLERY AND TOUT VIDEOS

  • Chandler Sedat, West Bloomfield, celebrates with teammates after hitting a grand slam home run during district baseball action at Birmingham Groves High School Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)
  • Jeff Timko, Birmingham Brother Rice, picks up some steam on his say to third base during district baseball action against West Bloomfield at Birmingham Groves High School Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)
  • Daiki Nishioka, West Bloomfield, makes a play from his second base position during district baseball action against Birmingham Brother Rice at Birmingham Groves High School Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)
  • Randy Righter, Birmingham Brother Rice, pumps his fist after recording the final out of an inning during district baseball action against West Bloomfield at Birmingham Groves High School Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (Special to The Oakland Press / LARRY McKEE)
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BIRMINGHAM – West Bloomfield finished the job it started Tuesday and sprang the upset on three-time defending Catholic League champion, Birmingham Brother Rice, downing the stacked-Warriors 9-7 Thursday in the completion of their district opener.

Back on Tuesday, the high-octane affair of future Division I college pitchers, was suspended in the bottom of the fourth inning, with West Bloomfield ahead 4-3 and fresh off a grand slam by junior Chandler Sedat to push the Lakers in front.

Thursday brought much of the same for West Bloomfield (21-10), as the Lakers were in top form offensively again and got to sophomore sensation Karl Kauffmann (in relief of Vanderbilt-bound All-American Matt Ruppenthal), right out of the box. Senior infielder Josh Birnberg’s 2-run single kicked things off and was quickly followed by RBI base hits from Sedat and senior centerfielder Robbie Jones.

The score was 8-3 headed into the fifth and Brother Rice, which made a trip to the state finals last spring, was reeling.

Sedat, one of the most dangerous hurlers in the state’s Class of 2015, took the mound Thursday in relief of MLB prospect Dazon Cole, who moved to shortstop after throwing the first four innings of action earlier in the week, and registered a workmanlike effort.

Brother Rice had eliminated West Bloomfield in the past four straight state tournament draws.

Lakers’ skipper Eric Pierce almost got choked up while discussing his club’s big win.

“This is poetic justice in a lot of ways, it’s pretty amazing” he said. “We knew Brother Rice wasn’t going to lay down and we had to come out gunning and that’s what we did. I’m just incredibly proud.”

The loss brings the curtain down on the Brother Rice campaign at 34-3, following a regular season the Warriors concluded as the No. 2 ranked team in the state

Last Updated: 5/30/2014 1:02:41 AM EST


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