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BASEBALL FINALS: A look back at the dozen best individual performances from the 2021 MHSAA Baseball finals 

By: MATTHEW B. MOWERY, June 22, 2021, 2:06 pm

Now that four champions have been crowned at Michigan State’s McLane Stadium, here’s a look back at some of the top performances that got the champions — and runners-up — to those spots. 

(In alphabetical order)

Gavin Brasosky, P/DH, Portage Central — Allowed just one run on four hits in a 5-1 Division 1 semifinal win over Midland Dow, striking out 10 and walking three, then hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning of the D1 title game, cutting Grand Blanc’s lead to 8-3. 

Jake Dresselhouse, CF, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s — After going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in OLSM’s 5-1 win over New Boston Huron in the D2 semifinals, Dresselhouse was 2-for-3 with a run scored, two stolen bases and an RBI in the 9-0 win over Stevensville Lakeshore in the D2 title game. 

Nathan Fidelino, 3B/DH, Grand Blanc — Went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, one run scored and three driven in for the Bobcats in the 9-1 win over Birmingham Brother Rice in the Division 1 semifinals. He followed that up with a 2-for-4 day with an RBI in the 8-3 win over Portage Central in the D1 title game. 

Matthew Greene, CF, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett — Went 1-for-3 with a run and the go-ahead RBI in a 2-0 win over Buchanan in the Division 3 semifinals, then had a double and a triple in four at-bats, with five RBI in the 12-0 win over Traverse City St. Francis in the D3 title game. The five RBI were the most ever in the Division 3 title game, and matched the all-divisions record set by Grosse Pointe North’s Matt Costello (1980, Class A) and matched by Muskegon Catholic Central’s Jacob Holt (2015, D4).

Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett pitchers Kurt Barr and Jack Jones — Barr threw a two-hit shutout, striking out nine and walking one, in a 2-0 win over Buchanan in the Division 3 semifinals, then Jones threw a three-hit shutout, striking out six, in a mercy-rule shortened, 12-0 win over Traverse City St. Francis in the D3 title game. In the title game, Barr went 1-for-2 with two runs scored, while Jones was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. 

David Lally, P/SS, Grand Blanc — Gave up just one run on four hits in six innings of work in the Bobcats’ 9-1 win over Birmingham Brother Rice in the Division 1 semifinals, walking three times at the plate in the game, setting up three runs scored by his pinch runner, Seth Austermann. He was 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Grand Blanc’s 8-3 win over Portage Central in the D1 title game. 

Luke Leto, SS/P, Portage Central — Went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI, adding a stolen base and a sacrifice fly in Portage Central’s 5-1 win over Midland Dow in the Division 1 semifinals. Leto went 1-for-2 with a walk, a hit-by-pitch and three stolen bases in the 8-3 loss to Grand Blanc in the D1 title game, the steals matching a championship game record that has been done seven previous times, most recently by Hillsdale’s Mike Blanchard in the 2007 D4 title game against Beaverton. (OLSM’s Alex Mooney also did it in the D2 title game Saturday). 

Alex Mooney, SS, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s — Went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in OLSM’s 5-1 win over New Boston Huron, then went 1-for-3 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored in the D2 title-game win over Stevensville Lakeshore. His three stolen bases against Lakeshore matched a championship game record that has been done seven previous times, most recently by Hillsdale’s Mike Blanchard in the 2007 D4 title game against Beaverton. (Portage Central’s Luke Leto also did it in the D1 title game on Saturday.)

Orchard Lake St. Mary’s pitchers Brock Porter and Tommy Allman — Porter allowed just one run on six hits, striking out 12 in the 5-1 win over New Boston Huron in the D2 semifinals, while Allman combined with reliever Jake Keaser to throw a two-hit shutout in the 9-0 win over Stevensville Lakeshore in the D2 title game. Allman struck out seven and walked none in 6.1 innings of work. 

Trent Rice, CF, Marine City Cardinal Mooney — Was 2-for-3 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBI in Mooney’s 12-2 win over Maple City Glen Lake in the Division 4 semifinals. He was 0-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored for Mooney in the D4 title game loss to Hackett. 

Zach Warren, P, Stevensville-Lakeshore — No-hit Gladwin in an 8-0 win in the Division 2 semifinals to go to 9-1 on the season. Struck out five and walked three. Also went 1-for-3 at he plate with a sacrifice, two RBI and a run scored. Warren had one of just two hits for Lakeshore in the 9-0 loss to Orchard Lake St. Mary’s in the D2 title game. 

Steven Widger, C, Kalamazoo Hackett — Went 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI in Hackett’s 11-1 win over Marlette in the Division 4 semifinals, then went 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and a sacrifice hit, two RBI and a run scored in Hackett’s 9-2 win over Marine City Cardinal Mooney in the D4 title game.