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Practice pays off for Little Leaguer

Two teams stay alive at state tourney

July 28, 2010
By John Vrancic

GLADSTONE - Practice made perfect for the Grosse Pointe Woods/Shores 10 and 11-year-old boys' all-stars Tuesday as they pulled out a 4-3 victory over Onsted in the state baseball tournament.

Earlier in the day, Grosse Pointe practiced hitting with a runner on third base with two out.

When it came time do it in a game situation Tuesday, Teddy Wujek executed superbly by stroking an RBI single to center field with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning to send Grosse Pointe into today's 1 p.m. contest against Byron Center.

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yler Moore of Byron Township beats out an infield single Wednesday as Dexter first baseman Stuart Weber waits for the throw in the Little League state tournament in Gladstone. For more photos, visit (Daily Press photo by Dennis Grall)

"Coach (Jack) Williams told me to picture getting a hit up the middle," said Wujek. "I saw the ball go over the pitcher's head and I ran as fast as I could (to first base). I felt like jumping up and down and running to my teammates after I knew I got the hit."

Wujek, who allowed the tying run in the top of the sixth, became the winning pitcher.

"I was really nervous after they tied the score," he said. "I didn't really want to keep pitching, but I knew I just had to throw strikes."

Grosse Pointe, taking advantage of two errors and two walks, took a 3-0 lead in the second.

Onsted got a run back in the fifth and tied the score in the sixth by taking advantage of and error and a walk.

"Our team likes to play with drama, but I'll take a dramatic win any day of the week," said Grosse Pointe manager Ed Arnold. "I want to give credit to our starter Sam Cross. He just pitched lights out. And Josh Duffy has been a little bit of a hitting slump in this tournament, but smoked a base hit between first and second. He really needed to gain confidence in his swing."

Cross, the first of four Grosse Pointe pitchers, retired all 10 batters he faced before he was pulled for pitch count rules. Luke Drieborg then retired the next four hitters prior to allowing a walk. Dallas Heidbreder, the last of three Onsted pitchers, took the loss.

Grosse Pointe had seven hits, including two each by Jack Williams and Drieborg. Onsted finished with three.

In the earlier game, Tyler Moore went 4-for-4 and Jacob Ritsema added two hits as Byron Center eliminated Dexter 15-7.

Seth Jaimez and Ryan Flattery led Dexter with three hits apiece and Alex Snow had a pair.

10-11 year old state finals

At Gladstone Sports Park

Today's game

1 p.m. - Byron Township vs. Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores

Thursday's games

10 a.m. - Norway vs. today's winner

Noon - North Saginaw Township vs. semifinal winner



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