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Baseball - 4/11/2016 

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BEVERLY HILLS – All just seems so right once again with Birmingham Detroit Country Day’s baseball program after years of not being right at all.

For starters, Country Day has its own field on its campus after six years of playing its home games in Southfield.

Taking it about 1.7 million steps and dollars further, Country Day has a gleaming new all-turf field that rivals Brother Rice’s home field in Troy in terms of being a jaw-dropping sight and cost to construct.

Perhaps more importantly than having an incredible new facility that started to be built last summer, Country Day has some nice talent that will play on it this spring, and that was evident in a 6-5 win over a good Rochester team in a non-league game on Monday.

Country Day trailed 5-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, but scored four runs to stun the Falcons and improve to 5-1 on the season.

“The school has been really supportive of us and we can’t say enough about the baseball community and administration,” said second-year Country Day head coach Steve Lepkowski. “They gave us a beautiful field. We have our lower-level program going and these juniors and seniors are on the ground floor of that. It’s nice to see them come through and in our lower levels at fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade, we have a lot of baseball players so we are excited. It’s not going to be a one-year thing.”

This spring could also be very special for Country Day.

There are three non-seniors on the roster who have committed to Division I college programs already, those being junior outfielder Steve Mann (Duke), junior catcher Nick Neibauer (Bowling Green) and sophomore first baseman John Malcom (Vanderbilt).

Seniors Jeremiah Tyler, Mike MacLean and Will Krushena are all good players as well, and if Country Day gets to the regional round of the state tournament, it will get to play on its field since it has already been selected as the host site.

Against Rochester, Neibauer ignited the rally with a one-out double that put runners on second and third with one out, and then MacLean plated both runners with a 2-run single to make it 5-4.

Country Day then loaded the bases with one out and tied the game when Tyler laid down his second successful squeeze bunt on the game to make it 5-5 after a throw home was not in time.

With the bases still loaded, Country Day won the game when junior Andrew Toma hit a slow grounder along the infield that allowed the game-winning run to score from third.

“You have to sometimes man up and look fear in the face and get that confidence back,” Lepkowski said. “We did it and we talked about it before the game and before the seventh inning. They demonstrated it. What just happened is not easy.”

On the other side of the ledger, it was a tough pill to swallow for a Rochester team that should be a contender in the OAA Red this year.

The Falcons (4-2) scored four runs of their own in the top of the sixth to take a 5-2 lead and had a nice shutdown inning in the bottom of the sixth, but Rochester couldn’t close it out in the seventh.

“It doesn’t matter where we are in the season, when you go into the final inning up three runs, you should win the ballgame,” Rochester head coach Eric Magiera said. “We are a talented enough team to do it. We just didn’t do it today.”

Thomas Loftus and Austin Remick each had two hits and Ryan Gladstone had an RBI double for Rochester.

Last Updated: 4/11/2016 9:41:50 PM EST


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