2018-06-07 / Sports

Cards capture Div. 1 district title

By Austin VanDaele
810-452-2655 • avandaele@mihomepaper.com


The Davison baseball team poses for a photo after winning the Div. 1 district title Saturday at Davison. 
Photos by Austin VanDaele The Davison baseball team poses for a photo after winning the Div. 1 district title Saturday at Davison. Photos by Austin VanDaele DAVISON – The Davison baseball team captured the Div. 1 district title after defeating Grand Blanc 3-1 in a tense championship game that came down to the wire on Saturday.

The Cardinals took an early 1-0 lead after the first inning before Grand Blanc responded with a run of its own in the second to tie things up. The score remained unchanged until the sixth inning, when the bats came alive for Davison, allowing the Cardinals to add two more runs to their total to put pressure on the Bobcats headed into the seventh. In the final inning, Davison made a catch at the fence with two runners on base for Grand Blanc for the final out of the game, preventing the Bobcats from tying the score and sending the game to extra innings.

Raymond Cole, Max Slezak and Hunter Kerry all finished with two hits apiece to lead the offense. Drew Fleming, Ty Metzger and Jason Gross all added a hit. Fleming, Kerry and Metzger all finished with one RBI apiece. Gross pitched seven innings with six strikeouts.


Davison’s Jason Gross releases a pitch during Saturday’s Div. 1 district title game against Grand Blanc. Davison’s Jason Gross releases a pitch during Saturday’s Div. 1 district title game against Grand Blanc. The Cardinals advanced to the championship game after winning by forfeit over Flint in the semifinals. Grand Blanc advanced on a 6-0 win over Lapeer.

Davison now advances to the regional tournament, held Saturday at Saginaw Valley State University. The Cardinals will play Traverse City Central in the 10 a.m. game, while Midland will take on Saginaw Heritage in the noon game. The winners will play for the regional trophy at 2 p.m.

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