Trenton baseball resists Woodhaven; wins share of Downriver League title | MIPrepZone
The first time Woodhaven and Trenton met this season, Woodhaven took advantage of several mistakes made by the Trojans and earned an eight-point victory on a cold, dreary afternoon at the start of the season.
Wednesday’s rematch for the two Downriver League heavyweights couldn’t have been much different.
The host Trojans shone in defense, without error, in a low-scoring game that was played on a hot, sunny day.
Down three in the final round, five-time defending DRL League champion Woodhaven made a valiant comeback attempt. However, Trenton held on for a 3-2 victory and in the process secured at least a share of the Downriver League title.
The Trojans (21-5, 14-1 DRL) have a league game to play, which is a makeup against Taylor High that has yet to be postponed. The Griffins have just returned from a two-week hiatus due to a COVID-19 issue. If Taylor upends the Trojans and Woodhaven (21-6, 12-2 DRL) wins his last two games, the two teams would share the 2021 title.
Both Trenton and the Warriors are ranked among the best teams in the state and could each play deep in June in their respective divisions. Woodhaven reached the Division 1 championship game in 2018 and Trenton advanced to the D2 semi-finals in 2019.
As for the action on the field Wednesday, Trojans starting pitcher Micah Ottenbreit struck out nine batters and allowed five hits and four goals in 6.2 innings of work. The Michigan State signatory hit the pitch limit with two outs in the seventh. Jason Marshall came over and put out the last batter at the end of the game.
Another big difference, compared to the first meeting, was that Ryan Szczepaniak wasn’t on the hill for Woodhaven. The MSU signatory and MLB prospect were injured and were only serving as designated hitters.
Woodhaven went with Ray Perez, who is also one of the top pitchers in the area. He struck out nine goals and allowed four hits, four goals and three earned runs. Kyle Harris threw the seventh for the visitors.
Trenton opened the scoring in the second inning when a Braylon Hughes treble tackled Brock Beaudrie, who started with a walk.
Down the third, Ricky Kidd walked and later entered wild ground to make it a 2-0 game.
It was Kidd who led in the third inning, two innings later, as he failed and Marshall came in to score.
After a brace from Perez early in the sixth, Szczepaniak hit a ball that looked like a routine single.
Trojans outfielder Matt Cheetham had other ideas, picking up the ball and making a perfect pitch from right field to get Szczepaniak to first base. It was one of Trenton’s many big defense games on Wednesday.
In the seventh, Jesse Giraud and Drew Thorning both took walks to a start. Josue Gutierrez chose Darnell as his plate, who was racing for Giraud and put the Violet and the White on the board. Travis Forgach then failed and Thorning raced to make it a one-leg match.
With Ottenbreit breaking the pitch limit on the Forgach at bat, Marshall then took over on the mound to face Harris.
Marshall quickly took a 0-2 lead in the tally, then got Harris looking for a 1-2 pitch and the celebration was on for the Trenton players and home fans.
Woodhaven was due to host Southgate Anderson on Thursday and Trenton was due to face Ida on Saturday.