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Walled Lake Northern crowned KLAA North Division champs in tie-breaking win over Lakeland WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)
  • Walled Lake Northern hosted Lakeland for a KLAA North Division baseball game on Thursday, May 11, 2017. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by Dan Fenner)

The Knights and Eagles each finished with 11-5 divison records, but Northern went 2-0 in the head-to-head series.

COMMERCE TWP. — Having positioned itself for the chance to seize the KLAA North Division title on the final day of competition, Walled Lake Northern took care of its business Thursday to dispatch Lakeland in a winner-take-all scenario.

Northern picked up a 5-2 victory, spearheaded by a complete game performance by junior pitcher Zack Northcott, to capture the division championship by virtue of a head-to-head tiebreak over Lakeland, which finished with an identical 11-5 league record.

In a span of four days, Monday to Thursday, the Knights played seven pressure-packed games knowing they’d need to win at least six to have a chance to catch the Eagles. Northern got the wins it needed, going 6-1 to seal the deal.

“It’s our last year in the division and conference, so it was one of our season goals at the beginning. We wanted to come out and win this thing,” Knights coach Pete Lamerato said, alluding to the split the KLAA will experience in the offseason.

“I thought we had the team to do it. We started off a little bit slow this year, but over the last couple of weeks, we’ve really come together as a team. Even our outs have been tough outs and we’re not up there giving away at-bats. We’ve battled through the strike zone. We’re hitting-and-running successfully, we’re stealing bases and bunting. All of those things in high school baseball put pressure on the defense and that’s always our goal, to apply pressure and capitalize on mistakes if they make any.”

Northern never trailed Thursday and got off to a quick start in the first inning with an RBI single by junior Robert Jones. Lakeland managed to draw even with one run in the top of the third, but the Knights quickly regained the lead with a pair of runs in each of the next two innings. Corbin Gibson and Zach Brunet picked up RBIs.

Northcott pitched seven effective innings for Northern (18-7), and worked efficiently to record four clean 1-2-3 innings, issuing just one walk and allowing no earned runs. He also fanned seven batters.

“Zack threw first strikes on a lot of guys. That’s big,” Lamerato said of Northcott. “He only had one walk and with first-pitch strikes, then we were able to use a couple different pitches from his cutter to his fastball. It was all about location and he was tough as nails out there. It was a heck of a performance and he kept us in every inning.”

In its last trip to the plate, Lakeland (17-7) got one run back on a throwing error that made it a 5-2 ballgame, but Northcott slammed the door with a pair of strikeouts to finish off the Eagles with the potential tying run standing at the plate.

The Knights will face Brighton in the KLAA’s Lakes Conference title game on Monday. The program last won a division title in 2015.

Last Updated: 5/11/2017 7:33:24 PM EST


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