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  • Brandon Lippert and the Grosse Ile Red Devils knocked off Riverview 6-3 in a Division 2, District 57 semifinal Friday at Grosse Ile. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski
Sparked by a big third inning on Friday afternoon, host Grosse Ile overcame a two-run deficit against Riverview and hung on for a victory in the second semifinal of the day in Division 2, District 57 action.

With a 6-3 win, the Red Devils advanced to the championship game against Trenton, while the Pirates saw their season come to an end.

Riverview put two runs the on the board in the bottom of the second inning after Austin Graham knocked in David Archer with a single and Beau Yaremko plated Christian Dudek with a single. For the day, Yaremko finished 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs, while Graham was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Archer was 2-for-3.

In the top of the third, the first four runners reached base against Riverview starter Nolan Glime and they accounted for all four runs scored in the inning.

Alex Moyer led off the third with a single, Dominik Mackowski walked, Thomas Lowler singled and Lorenzo Galati was walked. Galatiís free pass came with the bases loaded, while Tommy Daly grounded out to drive in a run and then a passed ball and an error led to the other two runs to make it a 4-2 game. A total of five errors were committed by the Bucs during the contest.

Moyer finished the day 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Lowler was 2-for-3 at the plate and both Galati had Daly finished with one RBI.

Riverview got one run back in the fourth when Yaremko singled to knock in Dudek, but the squad couldnít get anyone else across the plate, despite having a total of four runners in the inning.

To lead off the top of the sixth, the Devilsí Brandon Lippert doubled and Moyer followed with a single. Lippert later scored courtesy of a passed ball, while Lowler put down a bunt that scored a hard-charging Moyer from third base and gave the tournament hosts a 6-3 advantage, which was stand as the final.

Grosse Ile starting pitcher Eric Smorch allowed only one base runner through the fifth and sixth innings, but in the seventh issued two consecutive walks and Devilsí Coach Clifton Whitehouse opted to bring in Steven Plyer to finish the game. Plyler allowed a hit, but got out of the inning without yielding a run and picked up the save.

Smorch earned the victory on the mound and for the day and struck out three batters, while allowing eight hits and five walks in six innings of work. For Riverview, Glime struck out four batters and allowed four walks and three hits in five innings.

Last Updated: 5/31/2014 2:04:37 AM EST

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