Lakeshore wins state semifinals in 10 innings, will play for back-to-back state titles
Connor Brawley threw 7.2 scoreless innings for Lakeshore, and the Lancers scored three runs in the 10th to blank Orchard Lake St. Mary's 3-0 and advance to their second-straight state championship game.
Brawley got out of several jams in this one. St. Mary's had two on in the bottom of the 6th, but Tony Williams caught a liner at third and flipped it to second for the inning-ending double play.
In the 7th, Brawley used a nasty curve to get a huge strikeout with two outs and two men on for the Eaglets to send the game to extras.
He hit the 105-pitch limit in the 8th, and the Lancers turned to Logan Morrow. He had two outs with the bases loaded, but Brawley came up clutch again, snagging a liner into right field to thwart another game-winning opportunity for St. Mary's.
Lakeshore finally got some offense going in the 10th. Oli Carmody hit a fly ball that dropped into shallow center with guys on second and third to get the Lancers on the board 1-0.
The very next batter, Jared Evans, squared up to bunt but the pitch was in the dirt, it got away from the St. Mary's catcher and another run scored to extend the Lakeshore lead to 2-0.
Later in the inning, Joel Brawley laid down the perfect safety squeeze to score Carmody from third, making it 3-0 Lancers, and that would be the final.
After nine innings of scoreless baseball, Lakeshore explodes for three runs and five hits in the 10th, as the Lancers shut out Orchard Lake St. Mary's 3-0.
Lakeshore will now play for back-to-back state championships Saturday morning against Saginaw Swan Valley at Michigan State. First pitch is scheduled for 9am.