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The Black Hawks picked up a 9-2 win over the Lakers on Tuesday.

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Baseball - 4/11/2017 

West Bloomfield 2
Bloomfield Hills 9
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WEST BLOOMFIELD — A patient and disciplined approach at the plate by the entire Bloomfield Hills lineup made all the difference Tuesday, allowing the Black Hawks to jump out to an early lead and emerge with a 9-2 win over West Bloomfield.

Working pitch counts into its favor and capitalizing on good pitches swing at, Bloomfield Hills scored its runs in triplicate in the first, fourth and fifth innings while its strong pitching did the rest.

“I was most pleased with the quality at-bats we had. Our guys did a great job,” Bloomfield Hills coach Frank DiVito said. “We didn’t swing at hardly any pitches outside the strike zone and (West Bloomfield’s Bryce Veasley) is a hard-thrower and good pitcher – probably one of the better ones we’ll face this year. Our kids did a really nice job of attacking the ball today.”

The Black Hawks (1-0) were successful early with three runs in the opening frame, the first two brought home when junior Alex McCormack laced a single through a gap. Senior Andrew Denk added a two-out, RBI hit that made it 3-0.

Pitcher Patrick Najor, a senior for Bloomfield Hills, was sharp in his five innings of work, holding West Bloomfield to just two runs on four hits, running into trouble just once in the bottom of the third.

“A little bit of everything worked. He was pitching in and out and had hitters off balance a little bit,” DiVito said of Najor. “The guys behind him did a great job as well playing defense.

“After we scored three on the board, it was really important for Patrick to go out and have a good first inning to shut them down.”

West Bloomfield pieced together a rally with two outs in the bottom of the third, putting a pair of base runners in scoring position for junior Hilton Yopp to drive home with a double to left-centerfield.

Bloomfield Hills wasted no time in getting the runs right back, however, expanding its lead to 6-2 with a three-run fourth. A sacrifice fly with the bases loaded by senior C.J. Drogosch put one run in the board before McCormack did the biggest damage again with a two-run, two-out single.

“Alex is a second-year varsity player as a junior, and hitting in that 4-hole, that’s what we’re looking for out of him this year,” DiVito said of McCormack, who had four RBI on the day.

In the fifth, the Black Hawks tacked on three more runs when Najor gave himself some added run support with two RBI and junior Dugan Fife recorded a run-scoring single too.

“We were kind of flat today. I don’t know what it was, but it happens every now and then, especially right after spring break,” Lakers coach Eric Pierce said. “Bloomfield Hills did a great job of working our first pitcher. They had a couple of nine of 10-pitch at-bats that were fantastic. When you start seeing all of those pitches and you’re pesky like that, it’s amazing and it paid off for them.”

The Lakers’ loss was their first of the season following a 3-0 start.

“Expectations are pretty high for this team,” Pierce said. “We’re relatively young and have a lot of juniors, but this is a team that pretty much played together last year. We’re going to pitch and not overly wow you on the mound. We’ll play good defense and should be able to hit 1 through 9. We’re excited.”

Last Updated: 4/11/2017 7:46:33 PM EST


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