False MI Prep Zone: Grosse Ile sweeps Flat Rock in Huron League doubleheader PHOTO GALLERY
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Grosse Ile sweeps Flat Rock in Huron League doubleheader PHOTO GALLERY

  • Grosse Ile came away with two victories on Thursday against visiting Flat Rock, winning 8-1 and 6-3 in a Huron League doubleheader. Photo Gallery by Chris Zadorozny
  • Grosse Ile senior Steven Plyler will serve as the team's No. 1 pitcher this spring. Photo Gallery made up of News-Herald File Photos

Game Info

Baseball - 5/15/2014 4:00 p.m.

Grosse Ile 8-6
Flat Rock 1-3

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In what has otherwise been a week full of rainouts, a Huron League doubleheader was played Thursday afternoon at Grosse Ile and the Red Devils used a couple of big innings in both contests to overpower the Flat Rock Rams 8-1 and 6-3.

“Both games we both really had big innings,” said Grosse Ile Coach Cliff Whitehouse. “The whole thing was I think the guys turned a bit of a corner with their hitting. We’ve been struggling to hit the ball, making the same mistakes. They’re finally translating their cage to the batters box today.”

Grosse Ile’s Tommy Daly and Lorenzo Galati led the way in the first game with two RBIs each, a run each, a double each, and Daly also had a triple.

Along with Daly and Galati, Thomas Lawler had two runs scored and a stolen base and Steve Plyler had two RBIs and a run scored.

Eric Smorch pitched five innings of five-hit baseball, striking out two, allowing one run and walking two.

The only run for the Rams came in the first inning, as Cam Ernest scored on a single by Luke Tamson. Josh Green was the only Rams player to have two hits in the game.

“Well, we were missing two of our starters,” said Flat Rock Coach Chris Elliott. “We had a freshman (John Mayor) that started in centerfield, so we kind of had to bring him up. He did a great job; he missed one fly ball, that’s going to happen being your first varsity game.”

In Game 2, the Red Devils had a big first inning and although things were close in the end, they held on to complete the sweep.

Plyler had two RBIs and a run scored, while Brandon Lippert had an RBI and a run in the second game for the Red Devils. Daly also had three singles and a double.

Plyler was on the mound and pitched five innings of three-hit baseball,striking out six, and allowing one run.

Green scored two of Flat Rock’s runs in game two, while Ernest scored the other one.

“Overall, I was glad we actually played. We didn’t quit. (We) hit the ball hard, put it in play,” said Elliott.

“It’s always fun to coach against Coach Elliott. He’s the coach over there when I was playing, coming up for Airport, and the boys have a lot of respect for him, he’s retiring this year, glad to get his games in with him,” said Whitehouse.

Grosse Ile will host a 16-team tournament on Saturday, while Flat Rock will play at home game tomorrow night and play a doubleheader against Airport on Saturday.

Last Updated: 5/16/2014 12:20:28 PM EST