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Cranbrook-Kingswood tops Royal Oak on McConnell’s game-winning, seventh-inning single WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Pinch runner Theo Pister slides home with the winning run in Cranbrooks 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night in non-league competition. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)
  • Cranbrook picked up a 4-3 victory over Royal Oak Friday night when Trevor McConnell singled home Theo Pistner in the bottom of the seventh inning. (MIPrepZone photo by Timothy Arrick)

BLOOMFIELD HILLS - Baseball weather finally came to Michigan - at least for one day - and Royal Oak and Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood took full advantage of it in a thrilling seven-inning contest Friday that was decided when Trevor McConnell singled to bring home pinch runner Theo Pistner in the bottom of the final frame for a 4-3 Cranes victory.

Cranbrook-Kingswood took an early first-inning lead when Alex Finney singled with one out. The next batter up, Josh Yellen, doubled to right field to move Finney to third base where a sacrifice fly from Max Musyj brought him home for the 1-0 lead.

Royal Oak tied the game then in the top of the third when Abe Vincil doubled to centerfield with one out. The next Raven at the plate was Dan Romito, who moved Vincil to third with a bunt single leaving men at first and third with only one out. A fielder’s choice by Sean Marshall would bring Vincil home knotting the score at 1-1 headed to the bottom of the third.

Cranbrook-Kingswood came right back in its half of the inning as a walk by Tristan Knoer and then a double by Finney put runners at second and third with only one out. Yellen would then drive Knoer home with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 in favor of the Cranes after three complete.

The Ravens tied it right back up in the top of the fourth inning as a David Lundeen triple with one out and a fielder’s choice by Jake Isaacson brought home that run making it 2-2 after four.

The home team would score a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 3-2, but Royal Oak responded in the bottom of the six with a run of its own to make it a 3-3 game headed into the seventh inning.

The top of the seventh saw Royal Oak get a leadoff single, but the Cranes got out of the inning tied at 3-3 headed into the bottom of the seventh, where the Cranes’ heroics were sparked by pinch runner Pistner, who stole second base with one out to set up McConnell’s game-winning single.

Max Musyj picked up the pitching win for the Cranes, as he allowed one run on two hits in the final two frames in relief of starting pitcher Trevor McConnell, who allowed four hits and no earned runs in five innings of work. Offensively for the Cranes, Alex Finney was 2-for-3 with a run scored and McConnell finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored for Cranbrook-Kingswood (7-15).

Last Updated: 5/12/2017 7:54:25 PM EST


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