May 16, 2012 - The Wolves proved they only needed one inning to get a win as they exited the field behind Waterford Kettering High School last Friday.
Zach Alpeter slides into second in the Wolves first game against Waterford Kettering. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
During the top of the seventh inning in their first game against the Captains, the Wolves kept the bases loaded as they closed in on their opponent's 4-1 lead.
After the Clarkston tied the score from senior Jack Forsten's visit to the plate, a hit from senior Dylan Peck brought one runner in and the boys into the lead. Off the next two batters, Clarkston added two more runs to secure the lead.
Freshman DJ Zezula's hit sent the ball deep into centerfield. As Kettering scrambled to get the ball, Peck and sophomore Ryan Rea ran home to bring the score, 9-4.
"I was pretty happy," said Clarkston Boys Varsity Baseball Head Coach Phil Price. "We play every inning and didn't give up. It was nice to see them come back. I like how our guys compete."
Peck hit 2-for-4 and sophomore Alex Peck hit 2-for-3, both had one RBI. Zezula hit 1-for-3 for two RBIs.
Sophomore David Steward was the winning pitcher for six innings, giving up four runs and had eight strikeouts for his first varsity team.
"We brought David up from the JV team," Price added. "He did really well."
During the second game, the Wolves took the lead in the first inning with three runs and secured the win after scoring six runs in the sixth inning. They won the game 11-3.
Forsten hit 3-for-5 for three runs scored, junior Nick Mazzone hit 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Zezula was the winning pitcher for five and a third innings and gave up two runs and struck out five hitters.
"I was happy with how David and DJ pitched and they did some good things," Price said. "It was nice to see. I was impressed with how they played. Defensively we did a nice job during the game. Dylan did a great job catching. Kyle Savoie caught the first game, he did a really nice job. It was good to see all the guys step up and do well."
The Wolves headed to Oxford last Wednesday and split the double header. They won the first game 11-4. Mazzone hit 3-for-4 with one RBI, sophomore Sean Martens hit 1-for-3 and had two RBIs. Alex Peck pitched four innings and had four strikeouts.
The boys lost the second game, 8-3. Forsten hit 2-for-3 and had one RBI. Junior Jordan Cox pitched for four and a third innings. He gave up two runs and struck out one batter.
The Wolves play double headers against Rochester, on Wednesday, and Lahser, on Thursday, at home beginning at 4 p.m.
"We played and beat Rochester before," Price said. "But they just split with Lake Orion so they have gotten better. It should be interesting."
They host the Nathan Manuel Memorial on Saturday and will play Cranbrook and Linden. The tournament begins at 10 a.m.
"Hopefully it will be a great weekend," Price said, adding weather forecast looks sunny for the day.
Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.